Game #31 COL (17-14) vs. SWB (15-15)

Frontier Field, Rochester, NY | Wednesday, May 8, 2012 | 7:05 PM

COLUMBUS CLIPPERS (17-14) vs. SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE YANKEES (15-15)

Game # 31 | Home # 21

COL – LH Eric Burger (0-3, 4.37 ERA (Akron) vs. SWB – RH Dellin Betances (1-2, 6.35)

TONIGHT’S GAME…
The longest “home stand” of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continues as the Yankees play game three of a four game series with the two time defending Triple-A “National Champion” Columbus Clippers at Frontier Field.  Due to Monday’s washout, Tuesday night’s double header made up for Monday’s rain out as the teams spilt the twin bill. Columbuswon 1-0 in game 1, the Yankees won game 2, 4-3.  Wednesday is game 13 (6-6) 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 toRochesterand splitting a four game (2-2) series with the Red Wings.  SWB andPawtucketplayed 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, SWB 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 (fromColumbus) following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 21-20 advantage in head-to-head matchups withColumbus. The Yankees have an 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). SWB is now 9-13 as the “home” team vs. Columbus with the DH split on Tuesday night.  The Yankees and Clippers met in the 2010 Governors’ Cup Playoffs in a series won by Columbus 3-1.  All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 107-134 vs. the Clippers with a 48-72 record at PNC Field and a 58-61 mark in Columbus.

BACK FOR MORE….
Brett Gardner will continue his rehab stint for the SWB Yankees on Wednesday night in Rochester.  He will hit in the leadoff spot for the Yankees and get the start in left field.  Gardner has been on the DL since April 18th with a strained right elbow.  In his first game with SWB on Tuesday night (game 1 of DH) Gardner went 2-3 with a pair of singles off left hander David Huff. 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.

THE WRONG SIDE OF A BLANKING…
With a 1-0 shutout loss to Columbus in the first game of Tuesday’s double header, the Yankees season high losing streak was extended to five games.  The shutout loss was the fourth of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who is now 2-4 involving games where one of the two teams fails to get on the scoreboard.  The Yankees are already two thirds of the way to their total number of times being blanked in 2011 when the Yankees went 13-6 in games involving a shutout.

A NOTICEABLE IMPROVEMENT…
Yankees lefty Manny Banuelos who took the loss in game one of the DH on Tuesday by a 1-0 count, continues to improve since coming off the disabled list from a back injury that sidelined him from April 13th – May 1st.  In his first two starts of the season (pre-injury) Banuelos was a combined 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA, allowing 14H, 6R, 6ER with 7BB and 2K’s in 5.1 IP. In his last two starts the left hander is 0-1 with a 1.04 ERA allowing 6H, 1R, 1ER with 0BB and 8K’s in 8.2 IP.

HOME COOKING ON THE ROAD (FOR NOW)…
The Yankees are 12 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 rejoined the SWB Yankees from Double-A Trenton and made his 2012 SWB debut in game two of Tuesday DH going 0-3.  He hit .253 with 4HR and 21 RBI for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 47 games in 2011 began the 2012 season with the Thunder hitting .304 (7-23) with 6HR and 14RBI in six games. Molina was on the DL with the Thunder from April 12th – May 3rd with a stiff back.

BUMPS AND BRUISES…
The Yankees have placed infielder Doug Bernier on the 7-Day Disabled List retroactive to May 7 with a strained oblique.  The current SWB Yankees roster sits at 24, one below the 25 man limit.

THE STARTER…
Dellin Betances makes his seventh start for the Yankees against Columbus on Wednesday night at Frontier Field…Betances picked up a victory over Lehigh Valley in an SWB “home” game at Coca-Cola Park on April 27th for his first career win at the Triple-A level…His last time out he battled control again in a no decision against Rochester on May 3rd, walking six batters for the third different time on the season… Betances has allowed 27 walks and has struck out 21 hitters in 28.1 IP in 2012…He allowed single runs in both the first and second innings and took a 3-2 lead to the top of the fifth before allowing the equalizer, leaving after 5.0 IP with a no decision…Wednesday’s start will be his first career appearance against Columbus.

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 1,612-1,229 record, including a 497-388 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-Cola Park in Allentown,PA seven games at Dwyer Stadium inBatavia,NY, six games at Coca-Cola Field inBuffalo, NY and four at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.

UPCOMING PITCHING PROBABLES

Thursday 1:05 PM
COL – RH Corey Kluber vs.  SWB – RH D.J. Mitchell (2-1, 3.13)

Friday 7:05 PM
DUR – RH Lance Pendleton (1-1, 4.38) vs. SWB – RH Ramon Ortiz (0-3, 4.18)

Saturday 7:05 PM
DUR – RH Jim Paduch (1-0, 1.13) vs. SWB – RH Nelson Figueroa (1-1, 6.35)

Sunday 1:05 PM
DUR – RH Chris Archer (2-4, 5.50) vs. SWB – LH Manny Banuelos (0-2, 4.50)

Monday 7:05 PM
DUR – RH Alex Cobb (Wednesday) vs. SWB – TBA

STARTING LINEUPS – May 9th (* Left Handed / # Switch Hitter)

COLUMBUS CLIPPERS (17-14)
#12 Cord Phelps# – 2B
#17 Chad Huffman – RF
#39 Jose Lopez – 3B
#6 Matt LaPorta – DH
#27 Beau Mills* – 1B
#28 Russ Canzler – LF
#24 Andy LaRoche – SS
#9 Luke Carlin# – C
#41 Ben Copeland* – CF

#43 Eric Berger – LHP

SWB YANKEES (15-15)
#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
#9 Colin Curtis* – CF
#1 Yadil Mujica* – SS

#32 Dellin Betances – RHP

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

Forcast from Weather.com: Mostly cloudy. Windy early. Temperatures falling into the low 50s. Winds WNW at 15 to 20 mph.

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Pregame Audio – Former SWB Yankees and current Columbus Clippers pitcher Zach McAllister

Follow the SWB Yankees during the 2012 season from the radio booth on Twitter – @vwoude

and on Facebook – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees

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ZACH McALLISTER will be a regular in the Big Leagues soon.

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