Game #20 Lehigh Valley (13-8) vs. SWB Yankees (9-10)

Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, PA | Friday, April 27, 2012 | 7:05 PM


Game # 20 | Home # 10

LHV – RH Austin Hyatt (2-1, 2.53) vs.  SWB – RH Dellin Betances (0-2, 8.83)

Friday night continues the longest “home stand” of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who will play game number two of 18 straight games as the team batting last.  The Yankees “host” Lehigh Valley for four games (0-1) 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 inBataviafor a pair of games againstPawtucket(5/5-5/6) and then goes back to Frontier Field for a four game series againstColumbus(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 5-4.

Steve Pearce extended his SWB season best hit streak to 10 straight games with a 2-4 night with a double and a stolen base in the opening game of the series against Lehigh Valley.  Over his last 10 games Pearce is hitting .500 (18-36) with 7R, 6 2B, HR, 8RBI, 3BB (1 IBB), 3K, 1SB, 1CS, 1HBP and a SF.   He is equal opportunity trouble against both left handed (7-18, 1HR, 2RBI) and right handed (21-54) 1HR, 8RBI  pitching with a .389 average vs. each.  His .389 overall average ranks second in the International League and he is fourth with 28 hits.

Heading into action on Friday night, Yankees outfielder Dewayne Wise is sitting atop International League batters with a .407 average.  Wise picked up a three hit game in the opener against the Iron Pigs on Thursday night, including his Yankees leading fourth homer of the season, raising his average from .388 to its current mark.  The multi-hit game for Wise was his seventh of the season and his second with three hits.

The Iron Pigs sent nine men to the plate in a four run, five hit third inning erasing a 2-0 SWB Yankees lead.  LehighValley“batting around” in the frame marked the 11th time in 19 games on the 2012 season that the opposition has sent eight or more men to the plate in an inning.

Dellin Betances looks for his first win in an SWB Yankees uniform in his fifth start of the 2012 season.  The right hander was winless in four starts with the Yankees in his first season at Triple-A in 2011 with three losses and a no decision.  In 2012 Betances is 0-2 with two no decisions and an 8.83 ERA in his four starts.  He earned no decision his last time out vs. Norfolk tossing 4.1 innings of 3H, 5R (2ER) with 6BB, 3K, a wild pitch and a balk.  His longest start came on April 6th at LehighValley in the second game of the season. Betances 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 the inception of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at the start of the 2008 International League seasons, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 40-27 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 20-15 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 19-16 edge over the last two full seasons and the start of 16 head to head matchups in 2012.

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 1,607-1,224 record, including a 491-383 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 Lackawanna County Stadium Authority voted on Thursday morning (4-1) approving the sale of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees to SWB Yankees LLC.  The plan 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.

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.


SAT 6:35 PM  LHV – LH Pat Misch (1-3, 4.87) SWB – RH Nelson Figueroa (0-0, 0.00)

SUN 1:35 PM  LHV – LH Tom Cochran (2-0, 2.95)  SWB – RH D.J. Mitchell (2-1, 3.12)

STARTING LINEUPS 4/27 (* left handed / # switch hitter)

#2 Scott Podsednik* – DH
#3 Kevin Frandsen – 2B
#9 Domonic Brown*- LF
#10 Cody Overbeck – 1B
#8 Hector Luna – 3B
#19 Erik Kratz – C
#35 Derrick Mitchell – RF
#12 Rich Thompson* – CF
#5 Andres Blanco – SS
#31 Austin Hyatt -RHP

#51 Ray Kruml* – CF
#7 Kevin Russo – RF
#10 Dewayne Wise* – LF
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#5 Jayson Nix – 2B
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#15 Craig Tatum – C
#12 Doug Bernier – SS
#32 Dellin Betances – RHP

Umpires: Jeff Gosney – HP, Mike Estabrook – 1B, A.J. Johnson – 2B, Chris Ward – 3B
Weather: Mostly clear. Windy early. Temperatures falling into the low 40s. Winds NW at 20 to 25 mph.


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