Game #21 LHV (13-9) vs. SWB (10-10)

Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, PA | Saturday, April 28, 2012 | 6:35 PM


Game # 21 | Home # 11

LHV – LH Pat Misch (1-3, 4.87) vs. SWB – RH Nelson Figueroa (0-0, 0.00)

Saturday night continues the longest “home stand” of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who will play game number three of 18 straight games as the team batting last.  The Yankees “host” Lehigh Valley for four games (1-1) at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown before heading to Rochester to “host” the Red Wings for four (5/1 – 5/4).  SWB then moves on to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia for a pair of games against Pawtucket (5/5-5/6) and then returns to Frontier Field for a four game series against Columbus (5/7-5/10) and wraps up the “home stand” with four against Durham (5/11-5/14).  The Yankees will not play another road game until May 15th at Fifth Third Field inToledo.  As the “home” team thus far in 2012, the Yankees are 6-4.

Dellin Betances gave the Yankees 5.0 innings in a starting role on Friday night marking the 11th time in 20 games this season an SWB starter has gone at least 5.0 innings in a start. In those 11 starts, SWB has a 7-4 record.  When the starting pitcher has failed to pitch 5.0 innings the Yankees are 3-6.

Steve Pearce had his 10 game hit streak stopped on Friday night with a 0-2 night against Lehigh Valley.  His best chance for a hit to extend the streak to 11 came in his first at bat in the bottom of the first inning when Andres Blanco took away a potential RBI single to left with a diving stop from his shortstop position.  Pearce was hit by a Austin Hyatt pitch in the fourth, Raul Valdes struck him out in the sixth and he was on deck in the eighth when a double play ended the inning.  His 10 game run was the longest by an SWB Yankee in 2012 and he is one of 17 players in the IL this season to have a double digit hit streak.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has out scored the opposition thus far in 2012 by a single run with an 87-86 margin of runs scored compared to runs against.  The breakdown of runs per inning sheds some light on to why the Yankees have six come from behind wins out of the team’s total of 10 victories this season.  In the first five innings collectively SWB has scored 50 runs, while their opponents have plated 66.  From the sixth inning on is a different story with SWB outscoring the opposition 37 to 20.

Nelson Figueroa will make his first start for the Yankees in 2012 in the third game of the four game series with Lehigh Valley.  New   York signed the right hander to a minor league deal on April 19th.  He made his SWB Yankees debut on April 22nd against Norfolk with 2.2 IP in relief allowing 2H and 2BB.  This is Figueroa’s second stint with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise.  In 2000 and 2001 with the SWB Red Barons 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 3.57 ERA (1716.1 IP / 681ER) 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.

Nelson Figueroa is the fifth player to have taken the field for both the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.  Figueroa pitched for the Red Barons in 2000 and 2001 and joins (in alphabetical order): Eric Burke (’05 Red Barons – ’07 Yankees), Angel Chavez (’06 Red Barons – ’07 Yankees), Dan Giese (’03-’06 Red Barons – ’08 Yankees), and Eric Junge (’02-’04 Red Barons – ’07 Yankees), as players who played for both incarnations of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre baseball.

Since the inception of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at the start of the 2008 International League seasons, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 41-27 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 21-15 at Coca-ColaPark.  Lehigh Valley leads the 2012 series 3-1 after sweeping the season opening series April 5th-6th. Through two games of the current four game series, each team has one win a side.  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 1,608-1,224 record, including a 492-383 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 (4-1) on Thursday morning 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.

SUN 1:35 PM            LHV – LH Tom Cochran (2-0, 2.95) vs. SWB – RH D.J. Mitchell (2-1, 3.12)
TUES 7:05 PM         ROC – RH Cole DeVries (0-1, 2.91) vs. SWB – RH Adam Warren (2-1, 6.10)
WED 7:05 PM          ROC – TBA vs. SWB – LH Manny Banuelos (0-1, 10.13)
THUR 7:05 PM        ROC – RH P.J. Walters (2-1, 3.38) vs. SWB – TBA
FRI 7:05 PM             ROC – LH Scott Diamond (4-0,  vs. SWB – TBA

STARTING LINE UPS April 28th (* left handed / # switch hitter)

#2 Scott Podsednik* – CF
#3 Kevin Frandsen – 2B
#9 Domonic Brown* – LF
#10 Cody Overbeck – 1B
#8 Hector Luna – DH
#19 Erik Kratz – C
#4 Mike Fontenot* – 3B
#35 Derrick Mitchell – RF
#5 Andres Blanco# – SS
#16 Pat Misch – LHP

#7 Kevin Russo – LF
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#10 Dewayne Wise* – DH
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#5 Jayson Nix – 2B
#8 Brandon Laird – RF
#9 Colin Curtis* – CF
#12 Doug Bernier – SS
#19 Ramiro Pena# – 3B
#20 Nelson Figueroa – RHP

Umpires: AJ Johnson – HP, Chris Ward – 1B, Jeff Gosney – 3B
Forecast (from the Weather   Increasing clouds with temperatures falling to the upper 40s. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Pregame Audio – SWB starter DELLIN BETANCES


1 Comment

Great News- The reconstruction to PNC field is now on the fast track.

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