Game #19 Lehigh Valley (12-8) vs. SWB Yankees (9-9)

Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, PA | Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 7:05 PM


Game # 19 | Home # 9

LHV – RH Dave Bush (1-2, 3.07) vs. SWB – RH Ramon Ortiz (0-1, 5.25)

Thursday night opens up the longest “home stand” of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who begins a stretch of 18 straight games as the team batting last.  The Yankees “host” Lehigh Valley for four games at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown before heading to Rochester to “host” the Red Wings for four (5/1 – 5/4).  SWB then moves back to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia for a pair of games againstPawtucket(5/5-5/6) and then goes back to Frontier Field for a four game series against Columbus(5/7-5/10) and wraps up the “home stand” with four against the Durham Bulls (5/11-5/14).  As the “home” team thus far in 2012, the Yankees are 5-3.

The Yankees 8-6 come from behind win on Wednesday afternoon was the fifth time on the 2012 season that SWB has picked up a win overcoming a deficit.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre came from five runs down (5-0 E3) to snap Pawtucket’s IL best nine game win streak.  The Yankees picked up four runs in the top of the ninth inning to erase a 5-3 deficit heading into the inning off Paw Sox closer Garrett Mock.  It was SWB’s third straight win when trailing at some point during the game and their fifth come from behind victory in nine total wins on the season.

Steve Pearce extended his SWB season best hit streak to nine straight games with a 1-4 afternoon in the finale of the two game series with Pawtucket. Over his last nine games Pearce is hitting .500 (16-32) with 7R, 5 2B, HR, 8RBI, 2BB (1 IBB), 3K, 1CS, 1HBP and a SF.  His .382 overall average ranks third in the International League behind his Yankees teammate Dewayne Wise and Toledo’s Brad Eldred who enter play on Thursday with a .388 average.

The Lackawanna County Stadium Authority voted on Thursday morning (4-1) approving the sale of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees to SWB Yankees LLC.  The planned reconstruction to PNC Field for the 2013 season has already begun and major demolition is set to start next week.  The updated price tag on the reconstruction project has been set at 43.3 million dollars.

Veteran right hander Ramon Ortiz makes his third start of the season for the Yankees on Thursday night in Allentown and will try and pick up his first win for SWB and a victory for his 20th different professional team in a pro career that dates back to 1996…Ortiz earned no decision in his last outing in Batavia against the Norfolk Tides tossing 7.0 innings of 7H, 4R, 4ER baseball.  The right hander walked one and K’d four, leaving the game trailing 4-2 after the 7th…Ortiz has 8.115 years of Major League experience and  pitched in the Cubs organization in 2011, starting 16 games for Triple-A Iowa posting a 6-3 record with a 4.26 ERA in 99.1 innings of work.  Ortiz also appeared in 22 games (2GS) withChicago going 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA in 33.1 IP…The Yankees are Ortiz’s 11th organization: The Angels, Reds, Nationals, Twins,Rockies, Giants, Dodgers, Mets, Rays, and Cubs are the others. He also spent a season (2008) pitching professionally in Japan.

Since the inception of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at the start of the 2008 International League seasons, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 40-26 advantage in head-to-head matchups with their neighbors from Allentown. The Yankees have a 20-12 record at PNC Field vs. the Iron Pigs and over the same stretch are 20-14 at Coca-ColaPark.  Lehigh Valley leads to 2012 series 2-0 after sweeping the opening two game set between the two teams on April 5th and 6th in Allentown.  SWB began the rivalry with a 24-8 series lead through the ’08 and ’09 seasons.  Since 2010LehighValley has gained ground in the overall matchup holding an 18-16 edge over the last two full seasons and the start of 16 head to head matchups in 2012.

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 1,607-1,223 record, including a 491-382 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.

The Yankees will play the entire 2012 schedule on the road while their home stadium PNC Field is slated to undergo a $43.3 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.

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, 3.12)

STARTING LINEUPS 4/26 (* – left handed / # switch hitter)

#2 Scott Podsednik* – CF
#4 Mike Fontenot* – 2B
#9 Domonic Brown* – LF
#10 Cody Overbeck – 1B
#8 Hector Luna – 3B
#19 Erik Kratz – DH
#35 Derrick Mitchell – RF
#6 Tuffy Gosewisch – C
#5 Andres Blanco# – SS
#11 Dave Bush (1-2, 3.07 ERA) RHP

#9 Colin Curtis* – CF
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#10 Dewayne Wise* – RF
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#7 Kevin Russo – LF
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
#12 Doug Bernier – 2B
#35 Ramon Ortiz (0-1, 5.25 ERA) RHP

UMPIRES: HP – Chris Ward, 1B – Jeff Gosney, 2B – Mike Estabrook, 3B – A.J. Johnson

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures steady near 58F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.



1 Comment

Good interview with the skipper.

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