Game #49 SWB 6 – Toledo 3
DATE: May 28, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Downs Toledo 6-3 in Series Opener
Nelson Figueroa allows just one run over seven innings just days after his 38th birthday
Rochester – Nelson Figueroa made his return to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rotation and had one of his best starts of the season. He held the Mud Hens to just one run in five innings en route to a 6-3 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre victory over Toledo in the opening game of a four game series at Frontier Field.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the second when Argenis Diaz couldn’t handle a ground ball off the bat of Ramiro Pena. Jack Cust scored on the Diaz error giving the Yankees their only run of the inning after having the bases loaded with just one out in the inning.
The Yankees extended their lead to 5-0 with a four-run second inning. With two outs in the inning, Brandon Laird smoked a two-RBI double to right field scoring Matt Antonelli and Jack Cust. Francisco Cervelli then provided the final two runs of the inning with a two-run blast to right-centerfield.
Brad Eldred brought the Mud Hens within 6-1 with his International League leading 19th home run of the season. In Eldred’s last 79 at bats he has eight hits, five of which were home runs.
Eldred crushed his second homer of the day way over the left field wall cutting the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lead to just 6-3.
Nelson Figueroa earned the win improving to 3-1 for the Yankees. He threw seven innings allowing just one run on five hits, while walking two and striking out five. Andy Oliver suffered the loss for the Mud Hens. He went just three innings allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits, while walking five and striking out four.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre improved to 27-22, while Toledo fell to 24-27. The Yankees and Mud Hens play game two of a four game set at Frontier Field tomorrow evening. Right-hander Adam Warren (2-3, 5.14) gets the nod for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while southpaw Adam Wilk (2-4, 2.70) takes the ball for the Mud Hens.