Winding Down a Home Stretch on the Road

The Yankees play their 16th straight game as the “home” team on Saturday night against the Durham Bulls in the second game of a four game series at Frontier Field in Rochester with a 7:05 PM first pitch.  When the series wraps on Monday night, the Yankees will hit the road (like we haven’t been doing that all season!) for the first time since April 25th with a four game series in Toledo from May 15th – May 18th and then four more in Ohio as the Yankees will play the return series in Columbus against the Clippers May 19th – 22nd.  SWB will spend a day off on the road in Buffalo before opening a four game “home series” at Bufflo on May 23rd.

The Yankees and the Bulls meet for the second game of a four game series and for the second game of eight matchups in 2012.  The Yankees will travel to Durham Bulls Athletic Park for a four game series June 5th – June 8th.

SWB Yankees Game Notes May 12th vs. Durham

Due to the time limit on the pregame show today’s audio with SWB Yankees outfielder Cole Garner runs about five minutes.  I had a great conversation with the first year Yankee and the total interview ran a bit longer than that.  Here it is in its entirety.

It’s a little odd to see the Durham Bulls and SWB Yankees square off with neither team in first place in it’s respective division in the International League standings.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s run of five consecutive North Division titles (’06-’10) came to an end in 2011 as the Yankees finished in third place in the North 8.0 games behind division winning Pawtucket.  The Bulls who have won five straight division titles, matching SWB’s run have some work to do to make it six consecutive South Division titles in 2012.  Durham who lost 13 consecutive games from April 12th – 25th is currently 9.5 games behind South leading Gwinnett.  The Yankees are a bit closer to the top of the IL North trailing division leading Pawtucket by 4.5 games.  The last time that either Scranton/Wilkes-Barre or Durham did not win its division was 2005.

Lance Pendleton who started in game one of the series against the Yankees on Friday night became the second former SWB Yankee that faced off against his old team on the mound this season.  The Yankees saw former teammate Mark Melanconin two of the four games that SWB played against Pawtucket.  The Yankees picked up two runs off Pendleton in his 5.0 innings on the mound Friday night.  Melancon was not as hospitable against his old mates tossing 2.0 scoreless against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

STARTING LINEUPS – May 12th (*Left handed | #Switch hitter)

#32 Kyle Hudson* – LF
#3 Cole Figueroa* – 2B
#23 Jesus Feliciano* – CF
#24 Leslie Anderson* – DH
#36 Henry Wrigley – RF
#30 Stephen Vogt* – C
#33 Matt Mangini* – 3B
#46 Juan Miranda* – 1B
#7 Shawn O’Malley# – SS

#16 Jim Paduch – RHP

#7 Kevin Russo – 2B
#9 Colin Curtis* – LF
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#2 Ronnier Mustelier – CF
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#17 Cole Garner – LF
#1 Yadil Mujica* – SS

#20 Nelson Figueroa – RHP

Umpires: HP – Sean Barber, 1B – Mark Lollo, 3B – Kevin Bultron

Forcast from Mostly cloudy with temperatures falling to the low 60s. Winds SW at 15 to 20 mph.

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A great conversation with Cole Garner!

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