Game #28 PAW (18-12) vs. SWB (14-13)

Frontier Field, Rochester, NY | Sunday, May 6, 2012 | 2:05 PM


Game # 28 | Home # 18

PAW – RH Doug Mathis (3-0, 3.71) vs. SWB – LH Andy Pettitte (0-0, 0.00)

Sunday continues the longest “home stand” of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who will play game number ten (5-4) of 18 straight games as the team batting last.  The Yankees and Red Sox will meet for the final game of a quick two game series (0-1) at Frontier Field in Rochester.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took three of four from LehighValley(4/26-4/29) to open the “home stand” before moving on to Rochesterand splitting a four game (2-2) series with the Red Wings.  After completing the two game set with Pawtucket, Columbus(5/7 – 5/10) comes in for a four game series.  SWB will wrap up the 18 game “home” stretch with four against Durham(5/11 – 5/14).  The Yankees will not play another game as the road team until May 15th at Fifth Third Field inToledo.

Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to NEPA following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 50-33 advantage in head-to-head matchups withPawtucket. The Yankees have a 25-15 record at PNC Field vs. the Red Sox and over the same stretch are 25-17 at McCoy Stadium inPawtucket.  Sunday marks the second of eight games (0-1) SWB will be the “home team” against the Red Sox this season.  All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 197-202 vs. the Paw Sox with a 111-89 record as the home team and an 86-113 mark at McCoy Stadium

The Yankees have lost three straight games, matching the team’s longest losing streak of the season (4/5 – 4/7 & 4/15 – 4/17).  During the current three game slide, SWB is hitting .212 (21-99) as a team and has been outscored 16 to 6.  The Yankees had a stretch of 20.1 innings without scoring a run.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has left 28 runners on base in their last three games are hitting .148 (4-27) with RISP.

 After a 0-3 day at Pawtucket on April 25th that dropped his average to .245, Kevin Russo has hit in safely in six of his last games (.448 / 13-29) to raise his season average to .317.  He has multi hit games in five of the six, with four doubles and five RBI’s.

The 2011 SWB Yankees team committed 67 errors, the fewest number of miscues in all of minor league baseball.  Through 27 games in 2012 the Yankees 18 errors are the least in the International League, one fewer than Louisville. SWB has gone errorless in 14 of 27 games and had a season best 37 innings without an error from April 27th – May 3rd.

The transaction today adding Andy Pettitte to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre active roster is the 37th of the season made by the team.  The busiest transaction days of the season thus far have been April 5th and May 4th with a total of six roster moves coming on each day.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is on pace to make 177 transactions during the 2012 season.

Andy Pettitte will 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 for Trenton.

Andy Pettitte will make his first Triple-A appearance since a pair of starts with the Columbus Clippers on May 18 and May 22, 1995…Pettitte was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 22nd Round of the 1990 Amateur Draft…His last season with the NY Yankees was 2010 when he made 21 starts for NY posting an 11-3 record with a 3.28 ERA spanning 129.0 IP.  Pettitte walked 41 batters and struck out 101…In the postseason with an 18—9 record and a 3.90 ERA in 40 career postseason starts, ranking first all time in wins, starts and innings pitched (249.0)

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 1,611-1,227 record, including a 496-386 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 of the stadium is currently underway.  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 inSyracuse,NY, eight games atCoca-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 6th (* left handed / # switch hitter)

#5 Pedro Ciriaco – 3B
#10 Jose Iglesias – SS
#36 Ryan Lavarnway – C
#26 Lars Anderson* – 1B
#34 Mauro Gomez – DH
#7 Josh Kroerger* – RF
#29 Alex Hassan – LF
#24 Che-Hsaun Lin  – CF
#2 Tony Thomas – 2B

#41 Doug Mathis – RHP

#7 Kevin Russo – 2B
#9 Colin Curtis* – CF
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#2 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#17 Cole Garner  – RF
#1 Yadil Mujica* – SS

#46 Andy Pettitte – LHP

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

Pregame Audio – SWB Yankees INF/OF KEVIN RUSSO


Forecast from Mostly sunny with temperatures steady near 63F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

1 Comment

kEVIN RUSSO transition to left field is nothing short of remarkable!! A valuable player- infield-outfield -and at bat . You can tell when he says he”works hard” he works hard.

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