Game #69 – SWB 4 – SYR 2 (10 Innings)
DATE: June 16, 2012
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Russell Branyan’s 10th Inning Homer Gives Yankees 4-2 Win
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre now a season high nine games over .500
Syracuse, NY – For the fifth time this season the Yankees walked off winners. On Saturday night at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY, Russell Branyan did what he does best as he crushed a two-run walk off home run way over the left field wall, giving Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (39-30) the 4-2 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs (32-36).
The Yankees jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning. Chris Dickerson roped a one out double to the right-centerfield gap. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre left fielder Ronnier Mustelier followed suit with a double of his own, scoring Dickerson from second. Dickerson added another double, this time to the left-centerfield gap to leadoff the home half of the fourth. Mustelier then came up and bounced out to third base, however when Syracuse third basemen Jarrett Haufpauir threw over to first, Dickerson broke for third and later scored, when Mark Teahen’s throw traveled all the way to the tarp down the left field line. The hustle play from Dickerson gave the Yankees the 2-0 advantage after three innings.
Teahen made up for his throwing error with a leadoff double in the top half of the fourth inning. Xavier Paul came up with one out in the inning and snuck a single through the left side of the infield allowing Teahen to score all the way from second and bring the Chiefs to within 2-1.
The Chiefs first basemen started things off again in the top of the sixth inning with a leadoff triple. Brett Carroll then dropped a fly ball in front of Dickerson in centerfield, which allowed Teahen to score and knotted the score at 2-2, heading into the home half of the fifth.
Hassan Pena retired Dickerson and Mustelier in order to begin the bottom of the tenth. However, with two outs in the bottom half of the inning, Jack Cust roped a single to right field. The Cust single set the table for the Branyan walk off homer, giving Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the 4-2 victory.
Ryota Igarashi earned the win for the Yankees improving to 1-1 on the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. D.J. Mitchell tossed seven innings earning the no decision. The right-hander allowed just two runs on six hits, while striking out six. Juan Cedeno also tossed two innings of shutout baseball in relief of Mitchell. Pena got the loss as he allowed the Branyan walk off homer. He falls to 1-3 on the season. All of a sudden, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre sits in a tie for second place with Lehigh Valley, with both teams still chasing the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Yankees are now a season high nine games over the .500 mark.
The Chiefs and the Yankees wrap up a four game series at Alliance Bank Stadium tomorrow afternoon at 2:00. The Yankees send veteran right-hander Ramon Ortiz (5-3, 3.21) to the hill in the series finale, while the Chiefs counter with Tanner Roark (3-8, 5.49).