Game #23 Rochester vs. SWB Yankees

Frontier Field, Rochester, NY | Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | 7:05 PM

ROCHESTER RED WINGS (9-14) vs. SWB YANKEES (12-10)

Game # 23 | Home # 13

ROC – RH Cole DeVries (0-1, 2.91) vs. SWB – RH Adam Warren (2-1, 6.10)

TONIGHT’S GAME…
Tuesday continues the longest “home stand” of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who will play game number five of 18 straight games as the team batting last.  The Yankees “host” the Rochester Red Wings for four games (0-0) at Frontier Field Tuesday – Friday night.  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 8-4.

SEVEN UP…
Ramiro Pena carries a seven game hit streak into the series opener with Rochester on Tuesday night.  Pena picked up a single in four at bats in the Yankees wrap up game on Sunday afternoon against Lehigh Valley.  Over the seven game run, which began on April 20th, Pena has raised his average from .222 to .261 and has three multi-hit games.  He is hitting .286 (8-28), 4R, 2 2B, RBI, and 7K during the current hit streak which is the second longest for an SWB Yankees this season trailing the 10 game hitting streak of Steve Pearce (April 15th to 26th).

BACK IN THE FOLD…
Right hander Cody Eppley rejoins Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after getting optioned from the New York Yankees on Sunday.  Eppley appeared in four games with New York going 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 5.1 IP he allowed 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1HR, with 2BB and 4K.  The homer he allowed was a solo shot to the Tigers Miguel Cabrera.  He threw 1.1 scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers, the team that designated him for assignment at the end of 2012 Spring Training.

THE STARTER…
Adam Warren takes the mound in search of his third consecutive winning decision.  In his last start at Pawtucket on April 25th, the Paw Sox hit three homers off Warren accounting for all five runs he allowed in 5.0 IP…The first homer off the bat off Mauro Gomez bounced in and out of the glove of right fielder Colin Curtis sneaking over the four foot high right field wall.  He allowed nine hits with one walk and had a season high six strikeouts…Warren has made one start against Rochester this season picking up a win on April 19th tossing 6.0 innings allowing 4H, 1ER with 2BB and 5K’s…His 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…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

YANKEES AND RED WINGS…
Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to NEPA following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 53-31 advantage in head-to-head matchups withRochester.  The Yankees have a 30-10 record at PNC Field vs. the Wings and over the same stretch are 21-19 at Frontier Field in Rochester.  As the “home team” in Rochester this season, the Yankees are 2-2.  All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 221-175 vs. the Red Wings with a 97-102 mark as the road team on the Wings home turf.

FIRST TIME TO THE SHOW…
D.J. Mitchell was scheduled to make his fifth start of the season on Sunday afternoon for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Instead of working atCoca-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.

THE SKIPPER…
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Manager Dave Miley picked up the 1,600th win of his minor league managerial career in the Yankees 7-5 win over Buffalo on April 13th.  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 494-383 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.

A DONE DEAL…
The Lackawanna County Stadium Authority voted (4-1) on Thursday, April 26th 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.

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 $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.

LATE ROSTER MOVE…
In addition to getting Cody Eppley back for Tuesday’s game vs. Rochester, outfielder Cole Garner has been activated off the 7-Day DL after working back from a right hamstring injury. Garner was placed on the DL on April 8th.  He was hitting .200 (2-10) 0HR, 1RBI at the time of his injury.

STARTING LINEUPS May 1st (* left handed / # switch hitter)

Rochester Red Wings (9-14)
#2 Ben Revere* – RF
#4 Brian Dozier – SS
#9 Rene Tosoni* – LF
#7 Matt Carson – DH
#15 Joe Benson – CF
#19 Joe Thurston* – 2B
#44 Matt Rizotti* – 1B
#22 Ray Chang – 3B
#13 Rene Rivera – C

#30 Daryl Thompson – RHP

SWB YANKEES (12-10)
#9 Colin Curtis* – RF
#5 Jayson Nix – 2B
#10 Dewayne Wise*- CF
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#19 Ramiro Pena # – 2B
#12 Doug Bernier – SS

#28 Adam Warren – RHP

Umpires: Chad Whitson (CC) – HP, Gerard Ascani – 1B, Jon Saphire – 3B

Forecast from Weather.com: Decreasing cloudiness with temperatures steady or falling to near 50F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

PRE GAME AUDIO – SWB Pitcher MIKE O’CONNOR

 

1 Comment

MIKE O’CONNOR interview quite informative- hopefully Mike can get some more starting pitching duties.

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