Game #16 SWB Yankees (7-8) vs. Norfolk (5-11)

Dwyer Stadium, Batavia, NY | Sunday, April 22, 2012 | 1:05 PM

    NORFOLK TIDES (5-11)



Games # 16 | Home #8

NOR – RH Brad Bergesen (0-1, 8.49) vs.  SWB – RH Dellin Betances (0-2, 10.38)

A quick note on this afternoon’s game…Sunday will be one nine inning game instead of a DH featuring two seven inning games.  The Yankees and Tides will also play a single game on Monday beginning with a 12:05 first pitch.  Saturday’s rain out will now be made up as part of a double header at Harbor Park, in Norfolk, Virgina when the Yankees and Tides play their second four game series of the season June 1-4.  The  specific date and start time of the DH will be determined at a later date

Sunday afternoon is make up day as the stretch of 10 straight “home” games for the Yankees continues with a double header against the Norfolk Tides at Dwyer Stadium.  It will be the second and third of seven home games during the 2012 season the Yankees will play at the home of the Batavia Muckdogs the New York-Penn League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. SWB wrapped up a four game (2-2) “home” series with the Rochester Red Wings before continuing the “home stand” with four against the Norfolk Tides at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia beginning on Friday night. The Yankees split a pair of games (1-1) with Syracuse at Alliance Bank Stadium winning the 2012 “home opener” on Saturday 6-3 before dropping Sunday’s wrap up game to the Chiefs 7-2.

The Yankees 6-4 come from behind win on Friday night was the third time on the 2012 season that the team has overcome a deficit.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre came from two runs down on two different occasions on Friday night before taking the lead for good on Brandon Laird’s RBI single to right field broke a 4-4 tie.

Dellin Betances takes the mound today for his fourth start of the season. The 6’8 right-hander has struggled early in the season, suffering a record of 0-2 with an ERA of 10.38. In his three starts this season, Betances has failed to see the sixth inning as his longest start came on April 6th at Lehigh Valley. His start against the IronPigs in the second game of the season was by far his best outing this season. He earned the no decision going 5.0 innings allowing just two runs on four hits, while striking out six and walking just one batter. Since then he has had his troubles. He has a combined 10 walks in his last innings and just seven strikeouts, while allowing 13 runs on 14 hits, including three homers. Despite his early struggles, Betances is still a highly touted prospect in the Yankee organization.

Nelson Figueroa is slated to take the hill for the Yankee in the second game of the DH. New York signed the right hander to a minor league deal and have assigned him to the SWB Yankees roster.  In 2000 and 2001 he combined to go 8-6 with a 2.95 ERA in 21G (20 GS).  Figueroa was in spring training in 2012 with the Toronto Blue Jays appearing in two games with a 0-0 record and a 4.50 ERA. He is 120-80 in his minor league career with a 3.58 ERA and has a 20-35 record in the Major Leagues with a 4.55 ERA in parts of 10 different Major Leagues seasons with the Diamond Backs, Phillies, Brewers, Pirates, Mets and Astros.

Infielder Yadil Mujica has been sent to Double-A Trenton to allow the second year Yankees farm hand to get some more regular playing time and at bats.  Jayson Nix who began the season on the DL for SWB has been activated and will join the team in Batavia for the first game of the series against the Tides.  Nix spent time inDunedin,Toronto andLas Vegas in the Blue Jays system in 2011 and has a career minor league average of .261 with 103 HR and 468 RBI’s in 911 career games.

Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to NEPA following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 21-19 advantage in head-to-head matchups with Norfolk. The Yankees have a 12-8 record at PNC Field vs. the Tides and over the same stretch are 8-11 atHarborParkinNorfolk. All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 127-111 vs. the Tides with a 77-46 record at home and 50-65 mark inNorfolk. The Yankees earned the win in the only game the two played in Batavia, NY.

When Nelson Figueroa takes the hill for the Yankees in the second game of the DH, he will become the fifth player to have taken the field for both the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.  Figueroa will join (in alphabetical order): Eric Burke, Angel Chavez, Dan Giese, and Eric Junge as players who played for both incarnations of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre baseball.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Manager Dave Miley picked up the 1,600th win of his minor league managerial career in the Yankees 7-2 win over Buffalo on April 12th.  Miley is in his seventh season as the manager of the Yankees Triple-A team, taking the helm as the manager of the Columbus Clippers in the Yankees final season in Ohio’s capital city (2006). He has been the only manager the SWB Yankees have had in their six year history.  In 21 seasons managing in the minor leagues, Miley has compiled a 1,605-1,222 record, including a 489-381 mark leading the Yankees top affiliate. Miley has a posted a winning record in 18 of his 20 previous seasons as a minor league manager.

The Yankees will play the entire 2012 schedule on the road while their home stadium PNC Field is slated to undergo a $40 million renovation project.  SWB will play “home” games in six different venues during the 2012 season, with the majority of their games being played in upstate New York.  The Yankees will play 37 games at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY, 10 games at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY, eight games at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA seven games at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, NY, six games at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY and four at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.


#2 Xavier Avery* – CF
#4 Matt Antonelli – 3B
#3 Ryan Adams – 2B
#24 Joe Mahoney* – 1B
#33 Jamie Hoffman – LF
#25 Scott Beerer – RF
#12 Luis Exposito – C
#1 Blake Davis* – SS
#29 Josh Barfield – DH

#35 Brad Bergesen (0-1, 8.49) RHP

#9 Colin Curtis* – CF
#5 Jayson Nix – 2B
#10 Dewayne Wise* – RF
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#7 Kevin Russo – LF
#15 Craig Tatum- C
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS

#32 Dellin Betances (0-1, 10.38) RHP

Umpires: HP – Adam Hamari, 1B – Set Buckminster, 3B – Toby Basner

Weather:Mostly cloudy and windy. Temperatures rising towards the mid 40s. Winds NNE at 20 to 25 mph.


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Always like to hear from the skipper.

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