Game #34 SWB 3 – DUR 2 (10 Innings)
DATE: May 12, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Colin Curtis’ 10th Inning Double a Walk Off Winner in 3-2 SWB Victory
SWB Yankees down Durham in team’s third consecutive extra inning game
Rochester, NY – Colin Curtis was mired in a 0 for 20 slump and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (18-16) outfielder had not picked up a hit since a fifth inning single on May 6th against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Heading into his 10th inning at bat against the Durham Bulls (13-24) in Saturday’s game, Curtis was 0 for 3 with a strikeout in four plate appearances. He broke out of the slump with a line drive double over Kyle Hudson’s in left field giving the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 3-2 10 inning win over Durham, in the team’s third consecutive extra inning game; the longest run of consecutive extra innings games in SWB Yankees history.
Colin Curtis post game audio on game winning hit
Steve Pearce got the Yankees on the board in the bottom half of the third culminating a 10 pitch at bat against Durham starter Jim Paduch with a two run shot to left center scoring Curtis, who reached on a two out fielder’s choice. With a 3-2 count, Pearce fouled off four straight pitches to keep the at bat alive before hitting his team leading seventh homer of the season giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
The Bulls struck right back in the top of the fourth with back-to-back homers to open the inning off Yankees starter Nelson Figueroa to tie the game at 2-2. Leslie Anderson led off the inning with his first homer of the season into the bullpen in right field and Henry Wrigley making his first career Triple-A start followed theAndersonhomer with a solo shot of his own to left tying the game at 2-2.
Figueroa settled in for the Yankees after the fourth and pitched two scoreless innings until he was removed following the sixth. Paduch was lifted after the fourth inning forDurham, who got three scoreless innings from former SWB Yankee pitcher Romulo Sanchez. Juan Cedeno replaced Figueroa in the seventh inning and kept the Bulls at bay through the eighth.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre made a bid for the lead in the home half of the eighth inning with Yadil Mujica at second base following a lead off double and Pearce at first after an intentional walk. Jack Cust ripped a line drive to centerfield that looked like a tie break hit untilDurhamcenter fielder Jesus Feliciano ran the ball down with a spectacular over the shoulder catch to keep the game tied at two.
For the third consecutive game, the Yankees were forced to play extra innings as the game went to the 10th tied at 2-2. Kevin Whelan (WP, 1-0) gave up a two out single to Anderson before getting Wrigley to fly out to left to set the stage for Curtis’ game winner in the bottom half of the inning.
Post game audio with Kevin Whelan on a big team win
Mujica started the rally in the bottom of the 10th with a one out single to center off Josh Lueke (LP, 0-2). Kevin Russo reached on a fielder’s choice when Lueke threw high to second base on a comebacker to the mound. Bulls shortstop Shawn O’ Malley skied to grab the high throw but came down on the bag in time to force Mujica. With two down and Curtis at the plate, Russo stole second to get into scoring position, sliding in ahead of the throw from Durham catcher Stephen Vogt. Curtis worked a 3-1 count in his favor off Lueke before lining his sixth double of the season off the top of the fence for the game winning hit.
The Yankees and Bulls play game three of the four game series at Frontier Field on Sunday afternoon with a 1:05 PM first pitch. Left hander Manny Banuelos (0-2, 4.50 ERA) is the scheduled starter for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while Durham will counter with right hander Chris Archer (2-4, 5.50).