Game #24 Roc (9-15) vs. SWB (13-10)

Frontier Field, Rochester, NY | Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 7:05 PM


Game # 24 | Home # 14

ROC – RH Cole DeVries (0-1, 2.91 vs. SWB – LH Manny Banuelos (0-1, 10.13)

Wednesday continues the longest “home stand” of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who will play game number six (4-1) of 18 straight games as the team batting last.  The Yankees “host” the Rochester Red Wings for four games (1-0) 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 in Toledo.  As the “home” team thus far in 2012, the Yankees are 9-4.

After a 4-2 loss to Rochesteron April 17th, the Yankees dropped to four games under .500 for the second time in 2012 (1-5 following an April 11th loss) and for the first time since the 2007 season. Since the loss to the Red Wings, the Yankees have won 9 of 11 games and have moved up from fifth place 5.5 games out of first into a second place tie 1.5 games out of the North Division lead.

Through five games SWB Yankee Steve Pearce has had great success against the Red Wings.  Pearce, who signed with Minnesota in the off season was a late cut in spring training and signed with the Yankees on March 28th and was assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  In five games against his former teammates Pearce is hitting .368 (7-19), with 3R, 2 2B, 2HR and 6RBI.  His two homers against Rochester in 2012 have been three run shots into the left field bullpen at Frontier Field and have been the margin of victory in both games.

The Yankees have picked up nine come from behind wins out of the 13 total victories the team has in 2012.  Tuesday night was another one of those wins as SWB tiedRochesterup with a single run in the seventh inning and then scored four in the eighth to provide the margin of victory.  In the final three innings of games this season, the Yankees are outscoring their opponents 40-12.

Manny Banuelos takes the mound Wednesday night for his third start of the season and his first since an April12th start at Buffalo…Banuelos completed only 2.0 innings against the Bisons he last time out, throwing 74 pitches…He walked a career high six batters on the afternoon, setting a career high.  Banuelos had previously walked five batters on two occasions: July 17, 2011 vs. Double-A Redding and September 3, 2011 at Pawtucket…In his first start of the season April 8th at Syracuse the lefty allowed a career high 11H to the Chiefs allowing 4R (4ER) with 1BB and 2K in 3.1 innings of work…2012 is Banuelos’ first season starting at Triple-A…He was promoted to SWB in 2011 after making 20 starts at Double-A Trenton in 2011 posting a 4-5 record with a 3.59 ERA…Banuelos finished the 2011 season starting seven games for the Yankees going 2-2 with a 4.19 ERA.  In 34.1 IP he allowed 36H with 17R, 16ER, 19BB and 31K’s…Banuelos was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 and entered the 2012 season as Baseball America’s #2 prospect (behind the traded Jesus Montero) and as the #2 left handed pitching prospect (behind Matt Moore of Tampa Bay) according to

Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to NEPA following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 54-31 advantage in head-to-head matchups with Rochester.  The Yankees have a 30-10 record at PNC Field vs. the Wings and over the same stretch are 21-19 at Frontier Field inRochester.  As the “home team” in Rochester this season, the Yankees are 3-2.  All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 222-175 vs. the Red Wings with a 97-102 mark as the road team on the Wings home turf.

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 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 1,610-1,224 record, including a 495-383 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, 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.

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.  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 inBuffalo, NY and four at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.

STARTING LINEUPS May 2nd (*left handed / #switch hitter)

#16 Darin Mastroianni – 2B
#2 Ben Revere* – DH
#4 Brian Dozier- SS
#7 Matt Carson – RF
#13 Rene Rivera – 1B
#15 Joe Benson – CF
#9 Rene Tosoni* – LF
#22 Ray Chang – 3B
#5 JR Towles – C

#21 Cole DeVries – RHP

#7 Kevin Russo – LF
#5 Jayson Nix – 2B
#10 Dewyane Wise* – CF
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#17 Cole Garner – RF
#12 Doug Bernier – SS

#13 Manny Banuelos – LHP

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

Forecast from A few isolated thunderstorms are possible. Cloudy with temperatures slowly falling to near 65F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%



1 Comment

Always good to hear from the skipper– Wow! Nine comeback wins out of thirteen wins!! quite impressive!!

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