Game #119 – SWB 10 – BUF 4
DATE: August 10, 2012
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Dickerson Stays Hot, Leads Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Past Buffalo 10-4
Ramon Ortiz picks up team leading 10th victory of the season on the bump for the Yankees
Buffalo, NY – Friday night’s opening game of a two game series in Buffalo started as a back and forth affair between the Yankees (66-53) and Bisons (58-62) at Coca-Cola Field. However, the Yankees scored six unanswered runs after Chris Dickerson broke a 4-4 tie with an RBI double in the fourth leading the Yankees to a 10-4 victory over the Bisons.
For the third time since August 5th Dickerson demolished a home run to leadoff a ballgame. On Friday night in Buffalo, Dickerson sent his sixth homer of the year over the right field wall giving Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the 1-0 advantage after just one half of an inning. However, just like earlier in the week for as quickly as Dickerson gave the Yankees the lead the opposition responded with a two-run blast to capture the lead in the bottom of the inning. Josh Satin played the role of Rochester’s Matt Carson giving the Buffalo Bisons the 2-1 lead with a two-run blast over the left field wall. Buffalo tacked on another run in the home half of the second when Mike Nickeas roped an RBI single out to centerfield, scoring Matt den Dekker and increasing the Bisons lead to 3-1.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre came right back in the top of the third with a three-run third, taking a 4-3 lead. Eduardo Nunez started the Yankees rally with a two-RBI bases loaded single, plating Dickerson and Darnell McDonald. Corban Joseph went from first to third on the bases loaded single from Nunez and scored on the next play when Ronnier Mustelier grounded out to shortstop for the first out of the inning. But, just as quickly as the Yankees tied the game in the top of the third, the Bisons did the same thing in the home half of the inning. Zach Lutz’s RBI double to right-center allowed Josh Rodriguez to score all the way from first base.
The back and forth game continued as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre recaptured the lead at 5-4 in the top half of the fourth inning. With two outs in the inning and McDonald at second base, Dickerson found the right-centerfield gap for an RBI double and his second RBI of the ballgame. The Yankees added another run in the top half of the fifth when Mustelier came trotting home from third on a wild pitch, extending the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lead to 6-4. The Yankee lead reached 8-4 with two runs in the top half of the seventh. Francisco Cervelli’s RBI ground rule double, which traveled into the Buffalo bullpen provided the first run, while Melky Mesa’s RBI single capped the Yankee scoring in the inning. McDonald and Kosuke Fukudome completed the scoring for the evening with back to back RBI singles in the ninth making it a 10-4 ball game, where it would stay.
Ramon Ortiz picked up his team leading 10th win of the season on Friday night. The veteran right-hander tossed six innings allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits, while striking out two and walking three. Cory Wade preserved the lead with two scoreless innings of relief for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while Juan Cedeno closed the door in the ninth. Elvin Ramirez suffered the loss for the Bisons, falling to 3-1 on the season. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Buffalo take the diamond again Saturday night at 7:05 at Coca-Cola Field. The Yankees send left-hander Justin Thomas (1-1,3.53) to the mound, while the Bisons hand the ball to one of the top prospects in the New York Mets organization in right-hander Zach Wheeler (0-0, 3.86).