Need a Win to Stay In…

Mike O’Connor will try to keep the SWB Yankees alive in the IL Playoffs Friday night in game three vs. the Pawtucket Red Sox

SWB YANKEES POST SEASON GAME NOTES…
9-7 Notes

SWB YANKEES IN THE POST SEASON…
The Yankees are in the post season for the fifth time in six years under manager Dave Miley… In each of the five seasons that SWB has made the playoffs as a Yankees affiliate, the team has entered the post season as the International League North champions…All time as a Yankees affiliate, counting Wednesday’s 7-4 loss to Pawtucket, the team has posted an 11-13 record…In each of the previous four seasons in the playoffs when the Yankees have failed to win the title, SWB has lost to the eventual Governors’ Cup champion…In 2007, SWB lost to Richmond in the opening round 3-1.  The Yankees won the Governors’ Cup Championship in 2008, defeating Pawtucket 3-1 and beating Durham in the finals 3-1.  SWB made a return trip to the Governors’ Cup Finals in 2009 after defeating Gwinnett in the opening round 3-1.  The Yankees were swept in the ’09 finals by Durham 3-0.  The last time in the post season for SWB was 2010 and resulted in an opening round loss to eventual league champion Columbus 3-1.

SOLID AT THE PLATE…
Ramiro Pena is tied for third amongst batters in the playoffs with a .500 average.  The shortstop who rejoined the Yankees in time for the opening game of the series with Pawtucket after clearing waivers has two multi-hit games in each of the first two games. Pena’s four hits are also tied for third for the most amongst players in the 2012 post season.

TRYING TO BUCK HISTORY…
The Yankees have dropped the first two games of the first round playoff series to Pawtucket losing 7-4 on Wednesday night and 3-2 on Thursday at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket…The Yankees as a franchise find themselves down 0-2 for just the second time in five postseasons and the first time since trailing the Durham Bulls 0-2 in the 2009 Governors’ Cup Finals…Durham completed the three game sweep over the Yankees in ’09 winning the title…Following the opening game loss to the Paw Sox on Wednesday the Yankees were faced with having to rewrite history, as the team had never dropped the opening game of a playoff series and have come back to win…In 2007 Richmond defeated Dave Miley’s first SWB Yankees playoff team 3-2 in the opening game at the Diamond.  The Yankees won game two, 6-4, to even the series at 1-1.  Richmond won the next two games at PNC Field to take the series 3-1…In 2010 the Yankees dropped the opening game of the best of five series at Columbus 6-4 in 10 innings.  SWB picked up a 5-4 win in 10 innings the following night to even the series up before dropping the next two to the Clippers to lose the series 3-1..

STARTING LINEUPS (* left hander – #switch hitter)

PAWTUCKET RED SOX (2-0)
#11 Jason Repko – LF
#2 Tony Thomas – 2B
#17 J.C. Linares – DH
#36 Danny Valencia – 3B
#7 Andy LaRoche – 1B
#25 Bryce Brentz – RF
#23 Mike Rivera – C
#12 Jon Hee – SS
#24 Che-Hsuan Lin – CF
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#20 Billy Buckner – RHP

SWB YANKEES (0-2)
#7 Kevin Russo – 3B
#1 Corban Joseph* – 2B
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#34 Luke Murton – 1B
#51 Melky Mesa – CF
#17 Cole Garner – RF
#55 Gustavo Molina – C
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
#5 Darnell McDonald – DH
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#45 Mike O’Connor – LHP

Umpires: Brad Myers – HP, Chad Whitson – 1B, Craig Barron – 2B, Jeff Gosney – 3B
Forecast from weather.com: Becoming mostly cloudy with temperatures falling into the upper 60s. Winds light and variable

2 Comments

The Melkman delivers!

Beating Pawtucket 3 straight going to be a tough task– The Empire State Yankees are quite capable of accomplishing that task— Whatever the outcome should be fun and enjoyable to watch.

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