Game #22 LHV (13-10) vs. SWB (11-10)

Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, PA | Sunday, April 29, 2012 | 1:35 PM


Game # 22 | Home # 12

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

Sunday continues the longest “home stand” of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who will play game number four of 18 straight games as the team batting last.  The Yankees “host” Lehigh Valley for four games (2-1) 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 7-4.

D.J. Mitchell was scheduled to make his fifth start of the season on Sunday afternoon for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Instead of working at Coca-ColaPark, Mitchell will get the chance to work at Yankee Stadium as the right hander received his first Major League call up.  Mitchell was Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s most consistent starter thus far in 2012 posting a 2-1 record with a 3.12 ERA.  Both of the Yankees shutouts were games Mitchell started.  April 8 at Syracuse and April 18 vs. Rochester.

Mike O’Connor gets the start in the final game of the four game series for the Yankees vs. Lehigh Valley on Sunday afternoon.  It will be the second start of the season for O’Connor who got a spot start on April 17th vs. Rochester when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre placed Manny Banuelos on the DL…O’Connor has pitched almost exclusively out of the bullpen for the Yankees so far in 2012 appearing in 5G with a 0-0 record and a 2.53 ERA…He has once again been tough on right handed batters holding them to a .148 (4-27) average…Sunday will be O’Connor’s second start in a regular season game since 2009 when he was a member of the Omaha Royals pitching against the Iowa Cubs…O’Connor made a career high 51 appearances in 2010 with Buffalo going 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA…In 2011 he once again began the season with the Bisons before a May 4th call up to the NY Mets…O’Connor went 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 9G with the Mets and 5-5 with a 5.22 ERA in 39G with Buffalo.

Since the inception of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at the start of the 2008 International League seasons, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 42-27 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 22-15 at Coca-ColaPark.  LehighValleyleads the 2012 series 3-2.  The Iron Pigs swept the season opening two game series April 5th-6th. Through three games of the current four game series, the Yankees have won two of three.  SWB began the rivalry with a 24-8 series lead through the ’08 and ’09 seasons.  Since 2010 Lehigh Valley has gained ground in the overall matchup holding an 19-17 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 inOhio’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 1,609-1,224 record, including a 493-383 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.

STARTING LINEUPS Sunday, April 29th (* Left handed / switch hitter#)

#12 Rich Thompson – CF
#3 Kevin Frandsen – 2B
#9 Domonic Brown* – LF
#10 Cody Overbeck – 1B
#8 Hector Luna – 3B
#4 Mike Fontenot – SS
#35 Derrick Mitchell – DH
#7 Lou Montanez – RF
#6 Tuffy Gosewisch – C
#13 Tom Cochran – LHP

#7 Kevin Russo – LF
#12 Doug Bernier – 2B
#10 Dewyane Wise* – CF
#5 Jayson Nix – 3B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – 1B
#9 Colin Curtis* – RF
#15 Craig Tatum – C
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
#45 Mike O’Connor – LHP

Umpires: Chris Ward – HP, Jeff Gosney 1B, A.J. Johnson 3B
Forcast (from Sunny with temperatures rising towards the low 60s. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.




1 Comment

Good Luck to D.J. Mitchell ! Nelson Figueroa wonderful attitude !

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