Game #118 – SWB 5 – ROC 2
DATE: August 9, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Four-Run 2nd Leads Red Wings Over Yankees 5-2 in Series Finale
Rochester’s Esmerling Vazquez’s 7.2 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief dooms Yankees
Rochester, NY – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees jumped all over Rochester Red Wings starting pitcher P.J. Walters in the bottom of the first. However, when Walters exited the game after 0.2 innings, in came Esmerling Vasquez. The right-hander dominated the Yankees over 7 2/3 innings leading the Red Wings to a 5-2 victory in the series finale of a four game set at Frontier Field on Thursday night.
For the second consecutive night the Yankees jumped on the Red Wings early thanks to the long ball. It was Corban Joseph who connected on a two-run shot over the right field wall and into a picnic area to give Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the 2-0 advantage heading into the home half of the inning. The Indians came roaring back tying the game at 2-2 on back to back doubles off the bats of Eduardo Escobar and Rene Rivera. Rochester would get two more runs in the inning on a safety squeeze from Pedro Florimon and an RBI single by Brian Dinkelman, making it a 4-2 ball game after two innings of play. Florimon added an RBI single to center, bringing home Escobar and making it a three-run ball game at 5-2 after four innings.
John Maine suffered the loss falling to 5-4 on the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The veteran right-hander allowed five runs on eighth hits, while walking one and striking out five Red Wing hitters. Vasquez’s 7 2/3 innings pitched ties his longest career outing. The right-hander struck out seven and walked four. Daniel Turpen got the save for the Red Wings.
Following Thursday’s series finale the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees travel to Buffalo, NY to begin a short two game series as the road team at Coca-Cola Field. Former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee Chris Schwinden gets the nod for the Bisons, while veteran right-hander Ramon Ortiz looks for his 10th win of the season for the Yankees. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 Friday evening.