Game #18 SWB Yankees @ Pawtucket
McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, RI | Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | 12:05 PM
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE YANKEES (8-9)
PAWTUCKET RED SOX (15-5)
Game # 18 | Road # 10
SWB – RH Adam Warren (2-1, 5.17) @ PAW – RH Doug Mathis (0-1, 6.35)
Wednesday afternoon wraps up the quick two game series (0-1) and road trip against the Pawtucket Red Sox (15-5), who have the best record in the IL and have won nine straight games…Scranton/Wilkes Barre, will move on from Pawtucket for a “home” series over the weekend with four games vs. Lehigh Valley (12-7) Thursday – Sunday before the teams first scheduled off day of the season on April 30th…The Yankees finished up their first “home stand” of the season with a 5-3 record with games against Syracuse (1-1), Rochester (2-2) and Norfolk (2-0).
Steve Pearce extended his SWB season best hit streak to eight consecutive games with a 3-3 night in the opening game of the two game series with Pawtucket. In his last eight games Pearce is hitting .536 (15-28) with 6R, 5 2B, HR, 7RBI, 2BB (1 IBB), 3K, CS & HBP. His .389 overall average ranks second in the International League behind his Yankees teammate Dewayne Wise who enters play on Wednesday with a .400 average.
Adam Warren takes the mound in search of his third consecutive win. He last won three straight starts from June 9-20, 2011…. Warren’s first win in 2012 (4/17 vs. SYR) was his first since a June 20, 2011 victory over the Norfolk Tides, covering 11 starts without a victory…Warren’s most recent outing was a 6.0 IP effort in a “home” start at Frontier Field over Rochester…He allowed 4H and 1ER with 2BB and 5K’s…2012 marks Warren’s second consecutive season with SWB. He went 6-8 with a 3.60 ERA in 27 starts in 2011, which led the team. His 3.60 ERA was third best on the team and his 111 K’s was second behind team leader D.J. Mitchell…In three starts againstPawtucket in 2011,Warren went 0-3 with a 6.48 ERA. In 16.2 IP he allowed 19H, 14R, 12ER, 4HR, 9BB and had 18K’s. The Red Sox hit .279 (19-68) against him.
COMINGS AND GOINGS…
The Yankees added RHP Adam Miller to the active roster prior to the series opening game against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Miller, a former supplemental first round selection (31st overall) of the Cleveland Indians in the 2003 First Year Player Draft began the season on the DL. Miller signed with the Yankees as a minor league free agent on January 4, 2012. The right hander has battled injury problems over his career missing two complete seasons (2009 and 2010) after multiple surgeries on his right middle finger (pitching hand) in 2009.
YANKEES AND RED SOX…
Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to NEPA following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 49-32 advantage in head-to-head matchups withPawtucket. The Yankees have a 25-15 record at PNC Field vs. the Red Sox and over the same stretch are 24-17 at McCoy Stadium, although the teams have split the 16 games inPawtucketin each of the last two seasons. All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 196-201 vs. the Red Sox with a 111-88 record at home and 85-113 mark inPawtucket.
The Yankees 6-5 come from behind win on Sunday afternoon was the fourth time on the 2012 season and the second straight game against Norfolk 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 in the eighth inning in a 6-4 win and spotted the Tides a three run advantage on two different occasions before tying the game in the seventh and taking the lead in the eighth
THE FIFTH TWO-TIMER…
When Nelson Figueroa took the hill for the Yankees in Sunday’s game vs. Norfolk he became the fifth player to have taken the field for both the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Figueroa joined (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 1,606-1,223 record, including a 490-382 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.
A SEASON UNLIKE ANY OTHER…
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.
UPCOMING PITCHING PROBABLES
THURS / LHV – RH Dave Bush (1-2, 3.07) vs. SWB – RH Ramon Ortiz (0-1, 5.25)
FRI / LHV – RH Austin Hyatt (2-1, 2.53) SWB – RH Dellin Betances (0-2, 8.83)
SAT / LHV – LH Pat Misch (1-3, 4.87) SWB – RH Nelson Figueroa (0-0, 0.00)
SUN / LHV – LH Tom Cochran (2-0, 2.95) SWB – RH D.J. Mitchell (2-1, 3.13)
STARTING LINEUPS (* Left Handed / # Switch Hitter)
SWB YANKEES (8-9)
#9 Colin Curtis* – RF
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#10 Dewyane Wise* – CF
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#5 Jayson Nix – 2B
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
#7 Kevin Russo – LF
#28 Adam Warren (2-1, 5.17) RHP
PAWTUCKET RED SOX (15-5)
#5 Pedro Ciriaco – 2B
#10 Jose Iglesias – SS
#33 Daniel Nava# – LF
#34 Mauro Gomez – 1B
#16 Will Middlebrooks – 3B
#7 Josh Kroeger* – CF
#29 Alex Hassan – RF
#23 Mike Rivera – C
#2 Tony Thomas – DH
#41 Doug Mathis (0-1, 6.35) RHP
UMPIRES: HP – A.J. Johnson, 1B – Chris Ward, 3B – Jeff Gosney
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures rising to near 58F. Winds WSW at 15 to 20 mph.
PREGAME AUDIO: SWB Yankees reliever MANNY DELCARMEN