Game #26 ROC (10-16) vs. SWB (14-11)

Frontier Field, Rochester, NY | Friday, May 4, 2012 | 7:05 PM

ROCHESTER RED WINGS (10-16) vs. SWB YANKEES (14-11)

Game # 26 | Home # 16

ROC – LH Scott Diamond (4-1, 2.84) vs. SWB – SWB RH Ramon Ortiz (0-2, 5.09)

TONIGHT’S GAME…
Friday concludes “leg two” of the longest “home stand” of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who will play game number eight (5-2) of 18 straight games as the team batting last.  The Yankees and Rochester Red Wings wrap up a four game series (2-1) at Frontier Field tonight.  The Pawtucket Red Sox are next on the Yankees schedule with a single game at Dwyer Stadium on Saturday night (7:05 PM) and then a single game on Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field (2:05 PM) with NY Yankee great Andy Pettitte slated to take the hill for SWB.  The Yankees will continue the “home stand” in Rochester against Columbus (5/7 – 5/10) and the wrap up the 18 game “home” stretch with four against Durham (5/11 – 5/14).  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will not play another road game until May 15th at Fifth Third Field inToledo.

LAST STOP ON THE WAY BACK UP…
Andy Pettitte is slated to make what may be his final minor league “tune up” start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday afternoon against the Pawtucket Red Sox at Frontier Field in Rochester with a 2:05 PM first pitch.  The game which was originally slated to be played in Batavia at Dwyer Stadium has been moved to Frontier Field due to the anticipated crowd response.  Pettitte has made three official starts in his comeback to the Major Leagues with two coming for the Tampa Yankees (4/9 & 4/15) and one with the Trenton Thunder (4/25).  He has also pitched in an extended spring training game on April 30th against Phillies minor leaguers inClearwater,Florida.  Pettitte went 0-0 (2GS) with a 1.29 ERA in 7.0 IP withTampa and 0-0 (1GS) with a 5.40 ERA in 5.0 innings forTrenton.

THE STARTER…
Veteran right hander Ramon Ortiz makes his fourth start of the season for the Yankees on Friday night in Rochester…Ortiz  suffered his second loss of the season is as many decisions at Lehigh Valley on April 26th allowing 10H and 4R (3ER) in 5.2 innings of work…After retiring the first six batters he faced Ortiz ran into trouble in the third as LHV sent nine men to the plate scoring four runs on five hits…Ortiz has 8.115 years of Major League experience and  pitched in the Cubs organization in 2011, starting 16 games for Triple-A Iowa posting a 6-3 record with a 4.26 ERA in 99.1 innings of work.  Ortiz also appeared in 22 games (2GS) withChicago going 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA in 33.1 IP…The Yankees are Ortiz’s 11th organization: The Angels, Reds, Nationals, Twins,Rockies, Giants, Dodgers, Mets, Rays, and Cubs are the others. He also spent a season (2008) pitching professionally inJapan.

SHOOTING FOR 20…
With his first win for the Yankees, Ramon Ortiz will pick up a win for his 20th different team in a professional career that dates back to 1996.  The right hander won his first game with the Arizona League Angels in 1996 and has won games for 11 different minor league teams, 7 Major League teams and one team in Japan.  Ortiz has only been shutout in the victory category in two of his professional stops: one start with the Sarasota Reds in 2005 and four starts with the Durham Bulls in 2010. For a complete list of teams Ortiz has victories with see page 2 of tonight’s notes.

YANKEES AND RED WINGS…
Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to NEPA following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 55-32 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 inRochester.  As the “home team” inRochesterthis season, the Yankees are 4-3.  All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 223-176 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 1,611-1,225 record, including a 496-384 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 of the stadium is currently underway.  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 in Batavia, NY, six games at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY and four at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.

STARTING LINEUPS  – MAY 4th

ROCHESTER RED WINGS (10-16)
#16 Darin Mastroianni – 2B
#2 Ben Revere* – LF
#4 Brian Dozier – SS
#9 Rene Tosoni* – RF
#35 Aaron Bates – DH
#15 Joe Benson – CF
#44 Matt Rizzotti* – 1B
#22 Ray Chang – 3B
#5 J.R. Towles – C

#17 Scott Diamond – LHP

SWB YANKEES (14-11)
#7 Kevin Russo – 2B
#12 Doug Bernier – SS
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#9 Colin Curtis* – RF
#17 Cole Garner – LF
#51 Ray Kruml* – CF

#35 Ramon Ortiz – RHP

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

Forecast from Weather.com – Decreasing cloudiness with temperatures falling into the upper 50s. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph

Pregame Audio – SWB Yankees third baseman BRANDON LAIRD

 


1 Comment

Brandon Laird quite a versatile player.

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