Game #25 ROC (9-16) vs. SWB (14-10)

Frontier Field, Rochester, NY | Thursday, May 3, 2012 | 7:05 PM

ROCHESTER RED WINGS (9-16) vs. SWB YANKEES (14-10)

Game # 25 | Home # 15

ROC – LH Luke French (2-0, 1.80 – AA) vs. SWB – RH Dellin Betances (1-2, 7.25)

TONIGHT’S GAME…
Thursday continues the longest “home stand” of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who will play game number seven (5-1) of 18 straight games as the team batting last.  The Yankees are currently “hosting” the Rochester Red Wings for four games (2-0) 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 10-4.

ON A ROLL…
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 0.5 games out of the North Division lead.

BIRD KILLER…
Through six 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 by the Twins at the end of spring training and signed with the Yankees on March 28th.  He has hit safely in all six games against his former teammates thus far. Pearce is hitting .391 (9-23), with 4R, 2 2B, 3HR and 7RBI.  He has hit three of his four homers on the season against Rochester and has homered against the Red Wings in each of the first two games of the series.

COMING AND GOING…
With the injury to Eric Chavez in New York and the various bumps and bruises the Yankees are dealing with, the “Big Club” added SWB infielder/outfielder Jayson Nix to the Major League roster by purchasing his contract on Thursday.  Taking the roster spot vacated by Nix is infielder Yadil Mujica who began the season with the Yankees before being reassigned to the Trenton Thunder on April 20th.  In three games with the Yankees Mujica was 0-2 on the season.

DOING LATE WORK…
The Yankees have picked up nine come from behind wins out of the 14 total victories the team has in 2012.  Tuesday night’s opening game in the four game series with Rochester was another one of those wins as SWB tied up the Red Wings 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 41-12.

THE STARTER…
Dellin Betances makes his sixth start for the Yankees fresh off his first win at the Triple-A level in nine career starts…Betances picked up a victory over Lehigh Valley in an SWB “home” game at Coca-Cola Park on April 27th…After a lead off walk to open the game and an RBI double to the second hitter he faced, Betances did not allow a hit the rest of the way, though he did walk the bases loaded in the top of the fourth…The right hander allowed 1H and 1R (earned) over 5.0 IP with 4BB, 3K’s and a HBP…His last start was the second time on the season Betances pitched through the fifth inning, both starts were against Lehigh Valley (4/6 & 4/27)…In 2012 Betances is 1-2, with a 7.25 ERA in five starts covering 22.1 innings with 22H, 21R, 18ER, 21BB and 19K’s.

YANKEES AND RED WINGS…
Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to NEPA following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 55-31 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 in Rochester.  As the “home team” inRochesterthis season, the Yankees are 4-2.  All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 223-175 vs. the Red Wings with a 97-102 mark as the road team on the Wings home turf.

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 1,611-1,224 record, including a 496-383 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.  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 inBatavia, NY, six games at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY and four at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.

STARTING LINE UPS  – May 3rd (*left hander / # switch hitter)

ROCHESTER RED WINGS (9-16)
#16 Darin Mastroianni – LF
#2 Ben Revere* – CF
#4 Brian Dozier – SS
#9 Rene Tosoni* – DH
#7 Matt Carson – RF
#19 Joe Thurston* – 2B
#35 Aaron Bates – 1B
#22 Ray Chang  – 3B
#13 Rene Rivera – C

#48 Luke French – LHP

SWB YANKEES (14-10)
#7 Kevin Russo – 2B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – DH
#10 Dewayne Wise* – LF
#25 Steve Pearce – 3B
#8 Brandon Laird – 1B
#17 Cole Garner – RF
#9 Colin Curtis* – CF
#15 Craig Tatum – C
#12 Doug Bernier – SS

#32 Dellin Betances – RHP

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

Forecast from Weather.com: A period of showers and thunderstorms between 9pm and 11pm. Partly cloudy with temperatures cooling into the low to middle 60s. Winds light and variable.

PRE GAME AUDIO – SWB Pitcher MANNY BANUELOS

 

1 Comment

Banuelos seemed very happy with his last outing— which is understandable.

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