Battle for the IL North in Allentown

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game #85 (road #39) @ Lehigh Valley

7-2 Notes

LOOKING TO COME OUT ON TOP…
Following last night’s loss to the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field, the Yankees packed the bus and headed south to Coca-Cola Park in Lehigh Valley to begin a five game, five day series against the IronPigs. For the first three days the Yankees will serve as the road team, while the final two days Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will be the home team. Tonight begins arguably the biggest series of the year thus far for the Yankees. Heading into the series opener with Lehigh Valley, the Yankees are third in the standings, just two games behind the IronPigs. Therefore, the standings can look much different come Saturday morning.

THIRD TIME WAS NOT THE CHARM…
The Yankees tried and failed in their third attempt to extend a five game win streak into a season best six game win streak. Rochester took care of SWB Sunday night by a 5-3 score, marking the third time a five game winning streak has died at Frontier Field and the second time that it has happened at the hands of the Red Wings. Rochester ended the Yankees first five game run with a 4-3 win on May 3rd. Louisville stopped the second streak with a 9-5 win at Frontier Field on June 18th before last night’s Red Wings win. The Yankees last won six consecutive games on two different occasions in 2011: July 23-28 and August 20-26.

STARTING LINEUPS – (*LH | #SH)

SWB YANKEES (46-38)
#19 Ramiro Pena – 3B
#1 Corban Joseph – 2B
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#8 Brandon Laird – 1B
#17 Cole Garner – RF
#9 Colin Curtis – CF
#12 Doug Bernier – SS
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#35 Ramon Ortiz – RHP

LEHIGH  VALLEY (48-35)
#8 Kyle Hudson – CF
#3 Kevin Frandsen – 2B
#50 Ryan Howard – DH
#15 John Suomi – C
#10 Cody Overbeck – 1B
#11 Pete Orr – LF
#4 Steve Susdorf – RF
#2 Michael Martinez – SS
#7 Tug Hulett -3B
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#13 Tom Cochran – RHP

Umpires: Jon Byrne – HP, Will Little – 1B, Craig Barron – 3B

Forecast from Weather.com: Mostly sunny with temperatures falling rapidly into the mid to upper 60s. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

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