Walk Offs, Hacky Sack, and Streaks Come to an End

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee catcher Gustavo Molina plays a little hacky sack during batting practice on Saturday afternoon.

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game #70 vs. Syracuse (32-36)

6-17 Notes

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees find themselves in a tie for second place in the International League North Division for the first time since May 2nd. Both Lehigh Valley and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre are five games behind the division leading Pawtucket Red Sox. With last night’s win over the Syracuse Chiefs in the third game of a four game set at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY, the Yankees have reached a season high nine games over the .500 mark at 39-30. With a win in Sunday’s series finale, the Yankees will have won their first series since sweeping Durham at Durham Bulls Athletics Park back on May 5th-May 8th.

For the fifth time this season, the Yankees walked off winners. This time, Russell Branyan came up with two outs in the bottom half of the 10th inning and Jack Cust standing on first. Rather, then just hit a single to keep the inning alive, Branyan homered way over the left field wall, giving the Yankees the 4-2 walk off win. The last time the Yankees walked off winners was on May 25th when Cust took Buffalo reliever Edgar Ramirez deep, giving Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the 8-7 victory over the Bisons in 10 innings at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY.

Kevin Russo and Francisco Cervelli saw their hitting streaks come to an end in last night’s 4-2 extra innings win over the Syracuse Chiefs. Heading into last night’s game, Russo had hit safely in 11 consecutive game, tying himself for the team’s highest hitting streak of the season. However, the Yankee right fielder 0-5 last night, ending his bid for the longest hitting streak of the season. Cervelli went into last night’s game looking to increase his hitting streak to a personal best eight games. However, the Yankee catcher saw his streak come to an end, as he went 0-3 with a walk.

STARTING LINEUPS – (*left hander | # switch hitter)

Syracuse Chiefs (32-36)
#10 Corey Brown* – DH
#3 Erik Komatsu* – CF
#24 Mark Teahen* – 1B
#25 Brett Carroll – RF
#6 Xavier Paul* – LF
#21 Carlos Rivero – SS
#5 Jarrett Hoffpauir – 3B
#8 Jim Negrych* – 2B
#16 Jeff Howell – C
#32 Tanner Roark – RHP

SWB Yankees (39-30)
#24 Chris Dickerson* LF
#1 Corban Joseph* – 2B
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – RF
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#15 Russell Branyan* – 1B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#9 Colin Curtis* – CF
#7 Kevin Russo – 3B
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
#21 D.J. Mitchell – RHP

Umpires:  HP – Brad Myers, 1B – Chris Conroy, 2B – David Rackley, 3B – Travis Carlson

Forecast from Weather Underground.com:
Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 86F. Breezy. Winds from the South at 10 to 20 mph.

1 Comment

Russo and Cervelli will start new hitting streaks quickly.

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