Game #15 SWB Yankees 6 – Norfolk 4
DATE: April 20, 2012
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Yankees Come from Behind for Third Straight Win
SWB trails 4-3 heading to the eighth and scores three runs for 6-4 victory over Norfolk
Batavia, NY – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (7-8) overcame a two run deficit on two different occasions and used a three run eighth inning to pick up a come from behind 6-4 win over the Norfolk Tides (5-11) in the opening game of a four game series Friday night at Dwyer Stadium. Steve Pearce’s RBI double in the eighth inning tied the game at 4-4 and Brandon Laird’s RBI hit put the Yankees up for good as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won its third straight game.
Norfolk jumped out early on SWB starter Ramon Ortiz as Xavier Avery homered on the third pitch of the game to give the Tides a 1-0 advantage. The lead grew to 2-0 in the same frame on Ryan Adams’ RBI single scoring Matt Antonelli. Ortiz would allow single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and left after the top of the seventh inning trailing 4-2. The 38-year old right hander went 7.0 innings allowing 7H, 4R, 4ER, with 1BB and 4SO. The Yankees got him off the hook for what would have been his second consecutive loss.
Trailing 2-0, the Yankees came back at tied the game up off Tides starter Jason Berken with a single run in the second and another in the fourth. Jack Cust singled in the second and went to second on a Berken walk to Laird before scoring on an error by Avery in left field. Cust stopped at third base on Kevin Russo’s single but when Avery kicked the ball around, he came home to score the Yankees first run. Cust picked up the key hit in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2 hitting a towering drive to left center that went for a three base hit. Pearce, who led the inning off with a double scored and the game was deadlocked.
The Tides got single runs off Ortiz in the middle innings with a Scott Beerer RBI single in the fifth inning to break the 2-2 tie and give Norfolk a 3-2 lead. In the sixth the lead moved to two runs for the second time on the night on Joe Mahoney’s RBI single to right scoring Antonelli, who picked up his second double of the game to lead the inning off.
Berken’s night was done after the sixth inning allowing 6H, 2R, 2ER 1BB with 3SO. Tides Manager Ron Johnson went to the bullpen and brought in Jon Link (LP, 0-1) to open the seventh inning. Ramiro Pena picked up a one out single and moved to second on a wild pitch. With two down Colin Curtis single to right field scoring Pena from second to get the Yankees to within one at 4-3.
SWB would pick up two more in the eighth inning off Link chasing him after just two hitters. A lead off walk to Dewayne Wise and a double from Pearce, off the center field wall, tied the game at 4-4. Johnson went to the bullpen for a second time on the night bringing in Pat Neshek. After striking out Cust for the first out of the inning, Neshek gave up a Laird single to center that scored the go ahead run making it 5-4 Yankees. After a Russo hit put runners on the corners, the Yankees broke out the squeeze play with Pena laying down a perfect bunt scoring Laird for a 6-4 lead.
Pat Venditte (WP, 1-1) pitched out of a little trouble in the eighth inning working around a lead off single and a sacrifice bunt. With a runner at second and one down he got Antonelli to pop out to left and following an intentional walk of Adams got a ground out from Mahoney to end the inning.
Juan Cedeno (S, 1) pitched around a lead off double and a single to keep the Tides off the board in the ninth inning. Cedeno struck out Jai Miller with Luis Exposito at third and Jamie Hoffman and first for the first out of the inning. Beerer came up and hit what looked to be an RBI single into center but second baseman Doug Bernier made the defensive play of the game with a diving stop behind the bag and from his stomach, started a 4-6-3 game ending double play to preserve the Yankees third straight win.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Norfolk continue the four game series Saturday afternoon at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, New York with a 1:05 PM first pitch. Right hander Dellin Betances (0-2, 10.30 ERA) makes the start for the Yankees, while Norfolk will counter with right hander Brad Bergesen (0-1, 8.49 ERA).