Game #32 SWB 4 – COL 3 (10 Innings)
DATE: May 10, 2012
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Yankees Win Third Straight Game with 4-3 10 Inning Win
Jack Cust’s two run HR ties game in the eighth, Gustavo Molina’s RBI single wins game in 10th
Rochester, NY – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (17-15) scored the first run of the game vs. the Columbus Clippers (17-16) for the first time in the four game series but ended up having to come from behind again for a 4-3, 10 inning win. The Yankees needed extra innings for the first time all season tying the game Jack Cust’s two run homer in the eighth and winning in the 10th on Gustavo Molina’s RBI single.
The Yankees scored the games first run for just the ninth time in 32 games on the season picking up a single tally in the bottom of the first inning off Columbus starter Corey Kluber. With two out Steve Pearce sent what seemed to be a routine fly ball to medium left that was wind blown and out of the reach of Clippers left fielder Matt LaPorta. The hit was ruled a double and the inning was extended for Cust, who picked up the first of his three RBI’s on the day dropping a single in right center against the over shifted defense that featured seven of the nine defenders on the right side of the diamond. Only third baseman Andy LaRoche and LaPorta were to the left of second base during all of the Cust at bats on the day. Cust’s 17th RBI of the season gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had some defensive issues of their own as the Clippers grabbed a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth off Yankees starter D.J. Mitchell. Former Yankee Chad Huffman led off the inning for the Clippers with a double inside the bag at third. The next hitter, Jose Lopez sent a warning track fly ball to left that Brandon Laird misjudged into an RBI double when the wind carried the ball back towards left center, falling 10 feet to Laird’s left and tying the game at 1-1. After Lopez made third on a ground out, he came home to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Beau Mills.
The lead got extended to 3-1 with a single run in the fifth off Mitchell, who allowed three straight singles with two out in the inning. Huffman got credit for the RBI with a single to left scoring Cord Phelps who led off the inning with a single and went to second base on a botched pick off throw to first base that got past Pearce.
Kluber kept the Yankees off the scoreboard for the remainder of his afternoon although SWB had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the fourth trailing 2-1. The Yankees loaded the bases with none out with Pearce leading off the inning with a single, moving to second on a walk to Cust and to third on an infield single from Ronnier Mustelier. With the bases chucked, Laird hit a comebacker to Kluber who started a 1-2-3 double play for the first two outs of the inning. Molina struck out with runners at second and third and the inning produced no runs.
Cody Allen took over in the seventh inning and turned in a scoreless inning before a little drama took place in the top of the eighth. With Manny Delcarmen on the hill and two outs facing LaRoche a pitch that came in behind the back of the Clippers third baseman drew the ire of LaPorta from the Clippers dugout. He yelled at Delcarmen from the top stop of the first base dugout and Delcarmen yelled back and both benches and bullpens emptied. No punches were thrown as there was a bit of gesturing on both sides and when the dust settled LaPorta and Delcarmen were ejected by home plate umpire and crew chief Chad Whitson.
Cust played hero in the bottom of the eighth inning with a two run shot to right center off Allen for his third homer of the season scoring Pearce who led the inning off with his second double and third hit of the afternoon. Cust’s second and third RBI’s of the day tied the game at 3-3.
Neither club could get a run across in the ninth inning so the Yankees became the final team in the IL to play an extra inning game as the teams went to the 10th. Chase Whitley (WP, 4-1) recorded a 1-2-3 top of the 10th setting the stage for Molina’s game winning hit. Pearce got the Yankees going again with his third double and fourth hit of the game off Clippers reliever Jeremy Accardo (LP, 0-2). Cust was intentionally walked and with one down Laird’s fly ball to right center was deep enough to advance Pearce to third. Molina wasted no time singling to left on the first pitch he saw for the game winning hit and a 4-3 Yankees win.
The Yankees and Durham Bulls open up a four game series Friday night with a 7:05 PM first pitch from Frontier Field. Right hander Ramon Ortiz (0-3, 4.18 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees while the Bulls will send right hander and former Yankee Lance Pendleton (1-1, 4.38 ERA) to the mound.