Games #29 & 30 COL (16-13) vs. SWB (14-14)

Frontier Field, Rochester, NY | Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | 5:05 PM

COLUMBUS CLIPPERS (16-13) vs. SWB YANKEES (14-14)

Games # 29 & 30 | Home # 19 & 20

Game #1| COL- LH David Huff (0-1, 6.48) vs. SWB – LH Manny Banuelos (0-1, 6.00)

Game #2 | RH Kevin Slowey vs. SWB – RH Adam Warren (2-2, 5.26)

TODAY’S GAME…
The longest “home stand” of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continues as the Yankees welcome in the two time defending Triple-A “National Champion” Columbus Clippers into Frontier Field for a four game series.  Due to Monday’s washout, Tuesday night will be game 11 and 12 (5-5) of an 18 game stretch where the Yankees are the designated “home team.” Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took three of four fromLehighValley(4/26-4/29) to open the “home stand” before moving on to Rochester and splitting a four game (2-2) series with the Red Wings.  SWB and Pawtucket played one game at Dwyer Stadium and one at Frontier Field completing a two game series (0-2) on Sunday.  After the four game run with Columbus, the Yankees will wrap up the 18 game “home” stretch with four against Durham (5/11 – 5/14).

YANKEES AND CLIPPERS…
Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to NEPA (from Columbus) following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 20-19 advantage in head-to-head matchups withColumbus. The Yankees have a 8-12 record at PNC Field vs. the Clippers and over the same stretch are 12-7 on the Clippers home turf (6-5 at Huntington Park which opened in 2009).  The Yankees and Clippers met in the 2010 Governors’ Cup Playoffs in a series won by Columbus3-1.   All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 106-133 vs. the Clippers with a 48-72 record at PNC Field and a 58-61 mark in Columbus.

LIFE’S A GARDNER, DIG IT!…
Brett Gardner joins the Yankees for a rehab stint beginning on Tuesday night in Rochester.  The left fielder has been on the DL since April 18th with a strained right elbow.  If all goes well with his scheduled two game rehab stint with SWB he could rejoin the NY Yankees as soon as Wednesday or Thursday. With NY this season,Gardner is hitting .321 (9-28) with 5R, 2 2B, 3RBI, 5BB, 7K and 2SB.  His last extended stretch with SWB was in 2008 when he hit .296 (101-341) with 12 2B, 11 3B, 3HR and 32 RBI’s.  He stole 37 bases for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 46 attempts.

INSIDE THE STREAK…
The Yankees have lost four straight games, setting a new mark for the 2012 season. During the current four game slide, SWB is hitting .218 (29-133) as a team and has been outscored 23 to 11.  The Yankees had a stretch of 20.1 innings without scoring a run.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has left 34 runners on base in their last four games and are hitting .171 (6-35) with RISP.

HOME COOKING ON THE ROAD (FOR NOW)…
The Yankees are 10 games into a stretch of 18 straight games at “home” and during the first two months of the season are 36 of the first 56 games as the team batting last.  The Yankees are scheduled to play 18 of 29 on the road in June, 16 of 28 on the road in July and 20 of 32 on the road in August and September.

THE NEWEST BACKSTOP…
Catcher Gustavo Molina has rejoined the SWB Yankees from Double-A Trenton .  Molina who hit .253 with 4HR and 21 RBI for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2011 began the 2012 season with the Thunder hitting .304 (7-23) with 6HR and 14 RBI in six games.

THE STARTER Game 1…
Manny Banuelos takes the mound Monday night for his fourth start of the season and his second of the season since coming off the DL…Banuelos was limited to 60 pitches in his start at Rochester on May 2nd…He threw 3.2 innings against the Red Wings allowing 2H with no walks and 5K’s, hitting 94 MPH on the Frontier Field radar gun on several occasions… 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 the #2 left handed pitching prospect (behind Matt Moore of Tampa Bay) according to MLB.com

THE STARTER Game 2…
Adam Warren takes the mound in search of his third win of 2012….Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has won the last four games that Warren has started with the right hander getting wins in two of those (4/14 & 4/19)…He earned no decision his last time out against Rochester on May 2nd…Warren allowed one run in his 5.0 IP and left the game trailing 1-0 on Ben Revere’s RBI double with two out…The Yankees tied the game in the bottom of the 7th at 1-1 and picked up four in the bottom of the eighth for a 5-1 lead in a 5-2 win…Warren’s first win in 2012 (4/17 vs. SYR) was his first since a June 20, 2011 victory over Norfolk covering 11 starts without a victory…2012 is Warren’s second 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.

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 1,611-1,228 record, including a 496-387 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 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 inRochester,NY, 10 games at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse,NY, eight games at Coca-ColaPark 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 LINEUP GAME #1 May 8th (left hander  – * | switch hitter #)

COLUMBUS (16-13)
#12 Cord Phelps # – SS
#17 Chad Huffman – RF
#39 Jose Lopez – 3B
#6 Matt LaPorta – 1B
#28 Russ Canzler – LF
#27 Beau Mills* – DH
#24 Andy LaRoche – SS
#9 Luke Carlin# – C
#41 Ben Copeland* CF

#2 David Huff – LHP

SWB YANKEES (14-14)
#5 Brett Gardner* – LF
#7 Kevin Russo – 2B
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#2 Ronnier Mustelier – RF
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#17 Cole Garner – CF
#1 Yadil Mujica – SS

#13 Manny Banuelos – LHP

Umpires: HP – Chris Ward, 1B – Jeff Gosney, 3B AJ Johnson

Forecast from Weather.com: Mostly cloudy with temperatures slowly falling to near 59F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

 

Pre game audio with NY Yankees outfielder BRETT GARDNER

 

1 Comment

Very good interview with BRENT GARDNER! Will be back with New York quickly.

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