Game #35 SWB 3 – DUR 1
DATE: May 12, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Durham Spoils Excellent Effort from Banuelos with 3-1Win
Yankees lefthander tosses 6.0 innings allowing unearned run with season high 7K’s
Rochester, NY – Manny Banuelos had his longest outing of the season against the Durham Bulls on Sunday. He went six innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. He gave up only one run but it was unearned. Banuelos has to feel good about making it past the fifth inning and being very efficient while doing so. The prized prospect threw 89 pitches, while 61 of them were balls, he still didn’t walk anyone.
Bulls starting pitcher, Chris Archer, went into his matchup against Banuelos with an ERA of 5.50 going into the game. His performance on Sunday definitely lowered that. Archer matched Banuelos’s great performance pitch for pitch going an identical six innings with only one run given up and unearned.
In the top of the third inning Durham took advantage of Yankees Ramiro Pena’s failed dive attempt at a grounder up the middle hit by Kyle Hudson. The two-out single hit the end of Pena’s glove and went into the outfield. The following batter, shortstop Shawn O’Malley, grounded to right moving Hudson to second. Third baseman Matt Mangini then singled to left fielder Ronnier Mustelier who bobbled the ball and received an error after Hudson scored.
The Yankees got going in the bottom of the fourth when Steve Pearce hit a deep fly ball that bounced over the right field fence for a ground-rule double. After Jack Cust Struck-out, Mustelier hit a weak single down the third baseline that Mangini picked up and held on to because Mustelier already had made it to first. Brandon Laird, then, struck out swinging while Mustelier attempted to steal second. Durham Bulls catcher Craig Albernaz attempted to throw him out but threw the ball clearly over O’Malley’s outstretched arm. Albernaz’s throwing error brought Steve Pearce in to score from third.
Once Banuelos was taken out of the game, Durham took advantage of the relief pitchers the Yankees brought in. Durham scored a run in back-to-back innings in the seventh and eighth off Chase Whitley and Adam Miller to take the lead, 3-1.
The Yankees had only three hits to go along with the lone run scored by Pearce. Banuelos has had the same theme in all of his starts this season. In five starts Banuelos has only 4 runs of support in his 20 innings pitched.
The Yankees and Bulls play the final game of their four game series at Frontier Field on Monday night with a 7:05 PM first pitch. Right hander Adam Warren (2-1, 5.34 ERA) is expected to start for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees while Durham will use right hander Alex Cobb (1-4, 4.71 ERA).