Games #29 & 30 SWB 0-4 / COL 1-3
DATE: May 8, 2012
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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Columbus Split Tuesday Twin Bill
Clippers win opening game 1-0, while Yankees come from behind to win night cap 4-3
Rochester, NY – On the same night the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (15-15) saw their season long losing streak get extended to five with a 1-0 loss, the Yankees came from behind and stopped that streak in its tracks with a 4-3 win. The Yankees and Columbus Clippers (17-14) split a double header at Frontier Field in Rochester, with the visitors taking a 1-0 win in game one and the Yankees coming from behind to win game two 4-3.
The Clippers would get the only run they would need in the top half of the fifth inning in the first game of the twin bill. Beau Mills led off the inning off SWB starter Manny Banuelos (LP, 0-2) with a single to right field just out of the reach of second baseman Kevin Russo for a base hit. The next hitter Andy LaRoche doubled to centerfield out of the reach of Yankees centerfielder Cole Garner scoring Mills for a 1-0 lead.
Clippers starter David Huff (WP, 1-1) took care of the rest as he did not allow a run tossing the four hit complete game shutout for his first win of the season. The southpaw, making his second start and third appearance of the season walked one and struck out five in his 7.0 innings of work. Banuelos who took the loss for the Yankees was impressive on the night as well, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts in his 5.0 innings. The left hander’s pitch count was increased to 75 in his second start since coming off the disabled list on May 2nd.
Game two of the double header got off to a much more offensive start as both the Clippers and Yankees picked up early runs. Columbusgrabbed a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first inning off SWB starter Adam Warren. Former SWB Yankee outfielder Chad Huffman doubled to right center scoring Cord Phelps who led the inning off with a single for a 1-0 lead. With one down Matt LaPorta doubled into left center plating Huffman with the second run of the inning.
The Yankees answered with single runs in each of the first and second innings off Clippers starter Kevin Slowey (LP, 2-3). Jack Cust picked up his SWB best 16th run batted in with a single to center scoring Kevin Russo, who led the inning off with a single and then stole second base to put himself into scoring position. SWB tied the game in the second inning at 2-2 on Russo’s two out RBI double to left that scored Ray Kruml who had singled with two out and stole second base to put himself in scoring position.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre grabbed the lead in the bottom of the third on the first Triple-A homer from Ronnier Mustelier, a line shot over the wall in left good for a two run shot off Slowey and a 4-2 Yankees lead. Cust led off the third with a double to left center and scored on the Mustelier long ball.
Columbus got to with one run at 4-3 scoring a run off Warren in the top of the fourth inning. With two out and the bases loaded for Cord Phelps, the Clippers second baseman singled to left scoring LaRoche to get the visitors within one run at 4-3. Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh waived home the runner from second base Matt Pagnozzi, testing Kruml’s arm in left. Kruml’s one hop throw was in time and Pagnozzi was tagged out by Yankees catcher Gustavo Molina for the final out of the inning with SWB maintaining the lead at 4-3.
Juan Cedeno (WP, 2-0) picked up the win in relief of Warren tossing 1.0 scoreless innings and Kevin Whelan pitched 1.1 scoreless innings for his seventh save of the season.
The Yankees and Clippers are back to the standard one game, nine inning format on Wednesday night with a 7:05 PM first pitch from Frontier Field. Right hander Dellin Betances (1-2, 6.25 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees while the Clippers have not announced a starter for the third game of the series.