Game #14 SWB Yankees 5 – Rochester 2
DATE: April 19, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pearce’s Power Propels Yankees to 5-3 Win over Red Wings
Yankee first baseman’s second HR of the season snaps 1-1 tie in the fifth giving SWB series split
Rochester, NY – Steve Pearce’s second home run of the season snapped a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning and propelled the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (6-8) to their second consecutive win over the Rochester Red Wings (7-8) by a 5-3 margin at Frontier Field on Thursday night.
The Yankees grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a pair of Red Wings errors that propelled Ray Kruml around the bases. Kruml reached on an error byRochesterfirst baseman Aaron Bates. On the very first pitch to Francisco Cervelli, Kruml broke for second base attempting to steal, when catcher Rene Rivera’s throw skipped into center field Kruml advanced to third base. Cervelli’s ground out to shortstop plated Kruml from third and the Yankees led 1-0.
Rochester tied the game up off Yankees starter Adam Warren (WP, 2-1) in the top of the fifth inning on a pair of back-to-back hits. With one down Mike Hollimon tripled to deep right center field off the glove of Kruml and was 90 feet from tying the game. The Yankees moved the infield in and Darin Mastroianni flipped a single over the head of second baseman Doug Bernier into shallow right field that scored Hollimon and tied the game at 1-1.
The deadlock didn’t last long as the Yankees grabbed a 4-1 advantage with three in the bottom of the fifth off Red Wings starter Samuel Deduno (LP, 0-1). Kruml was the spark plug again for SWB reaching on a one out infield single when Deduno slipped on the field and couldn’t make a throw. Cervelli drew a walk and the Yankees had two on and one out for Dewayne Wise. Deduno made the best pitch of his night getting Wise to foul out to third for the second out of the inning. The Red Wings right hander made his worst mistake of the night during next at bat to Pearce, who took advantage. Deduno hung a breaking ball out over the plate and Pearce hit the ball into the seats behind the wall in left for a three run homer and a 4-1 SWB lead.
Warren made the lead standup finishing off his night pitching around a two out sixth inning walk to finish the inning and his night on 101 total pitches. In 6.0 IP,Warrenallowed five hits, one run, with two walks and a season high five strikeouts.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre would add a run in the bottom half of the sixth inning to extend the lead to 5-1 on Doug Bernier’s gap double to right center field, scoring Colin Curtis who picked up a one out single off Rochester reliever Esmerling Vazquez. The right hander replaced Dudeno who worked 5.0 innings allowing five hits and four runs (three earned) with two walks and six strikeouts.
The Yankees bullpen surrendered single runs in both the eighth and ninth innings to Rochester to close the gap to two runs at 5-3. Aaron Bates picked up an RBI in the eighth off Manny Delcarmen with a bloop single to right scoring Brian Dozier who led off the inning with a double off the wall in left. Hollimon added his second extra base hit of the night with a solo homer off SWB closer Kevin Whelan (S, 3) in the ninth.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Norfolk Tides open up a four game weekend series Friday night at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, New York with a 7:05 PM first pitch. Right hander Ramon Ortiz (0-1, 5.40 ERA) makes the start for the Yankees, while Norfolk will counter with right hander Jason Berken (0-0, 0.00 ERA).