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Game #123 – SWB 6 – SYR 4

DATE: August 13, 2012

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Kevin Russo Leads Yankees to 6-4 Victory and Series Win over Syracuse
Yankees make the most of their last appearance at Syracuse this season with win over Chiefs 

Syracuse, NY – Scoring runs has been at a premium for both the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and the Syracuse Chiefs over the past two days. This wasn’t the case for the Yankees in Monday night’s series finale as Kevin Russo’s bases clearing double in the eighth led Scranton/Wilkes-Barre over Syracuse 6-4 at Alliance Bank Stadium.

The Yankees got on the board in the top half of the second when Syracuse starter John Lannan issued a bases loaded walk to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre second baseman Pena. Brandon Laird made the trot in from third making it a 1-0 ballgame after singling earlier in the inning. Sandy Leon sent his first home run and first RBI of the season over the left-centerfield wall off of Mike O’Connor, tying the game at 1-1. It was the first run allowed by O’Connor in 13 1/3 previous innings against the Chiefs.

Pena picked up his second RBI of the night, with the only difference being this time he actually had to make contact to do it. With runners on the corners and one out in the inning Pena sent a single to right-center allowing Melky Mesa to score from third and give Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the 2-1 advantage. Later in the inning Corban Joseph brought Darnell McDonald home from second with a single to center, extending the Yankee lead to 3-1. The Chiefs had an excellent chance to tie or take the lead as they loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half of the inning, but Cory Wade came in and worked a groundout preserving the Yankee lead heading into the eighth inning. Russo crushed a three-RBI double to the left field wall in the eighth putting the game out of reach at 6-1. The Russo bases clearing double proved to be huge as Jim Negrych brought the Chiefs to within 6-4 with a three-run blast over the left-centerfield wall. However, Wade got Eury Perez to bounce out to short ending the ballgame.

O’Connor was magnificent for the Yankees in a no decision effort. The left-hander allowed just one run on five hits, while striking out for and walking one. Preston Claiborne picked up the win for the Yankees going 1 1/3 innings allowing just two hits and striking out one. Wade was credited with the save as he pitched 2.1 innings to keep the Yankees in the lead. Left-hander John Lannan suffered the loss for the Chiefs. He allowed three runs, on three hits, while walking four and striking out three.

Following Monday night’s series finale with the Syracuse Chiefs, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees head to the Nation’s smallest state for a five game, four-day series against the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  It will be a big series with playoff implications on the line as the PawSox are within striking distance of the Yankees as the International League regular season winds down. Billy Buckner (4-6, 41.16) gets the nod for the Red Sox, while fellow right-hander John Maine (5-4, 5.56) heads to the hill for the Yankees. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

-SWB YANKEES-

Finishing the season series with the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium

 

ALL OF SUNDAY’S OFFENSE…
Corban Joseph provided all of the Yankees offense on Sunday night with a pair of solo homers in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s 3-1 loss in the opening game of the double header and the 1-0 shutout win in the night cap. Joseph, who homered in his first Triple-A at bat after joining the Yankees at Norfolk on June 1st this season hit his ninth off game one starter Yunesky Maya giving SWB a brief 1-0 lead. His second homer of the day and 10th of the season came off game two starter Mitch Atkins and was the only run of the game for either team.

A BIG FLY SEASON HIGH…
Corban Joseph’s 10 homers with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre are a career high and marks the first time that the infielder has been in double digits in home runs in his five year professional career. Joseph’s previous single season best was six HR hit with Single-A Tampa in 2010. The second baseman has doubled his previous season best with a combined 12 in 2012: 10 with SWB and two HR with Double-A Trenton (May 5-31) prior to his first promotion to Triple-A.

STARTING LINEUPS (*Left Handed – #Switch Hitter)

SWB Yankees (68-54)
#7 Kevin Russo 3B
#1 Corban Joseph DH
#26 Eduardo Nunez SS
#10 Ronnier Mustelier LF
#8 Brandon Laird 1B
#44 Austin Romine C
#51 Melky Mesa CF
#5 Darnell McDonald RF
#19 Ramiro Pena 2B
#45 Mike O’Connor LHP

Syracuse Chiefs (60-63)
#6 Eury Perez RF
#5 Jarrett Hoffpauir 3B
#10 Cory Brown CF
#21 Carlos Rivero 1B
#19 Jesus Valdez DH
#4 Zach Walters SS
#41 Sandy Leon C
#25 Brett Carroll LF
#20 Josh Johnson 2B
#33 John Lannan LHP

Umpires – HP John Saphire, 1B Chad Whitson (CC), 3B Gerard Ascani

Weather – Partly cloudy with temperatures falling into the upper 60s. Winds light and variable.

Games #121 & 122 – SYR 3 – SWB 1; SWB 1 – SYR 0

DATE: August 12, 2012

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Yankees Shutout Chiefs in Game Two 1-0, Split Twin-Bill with Chiefs
Corban Joseph homers twice, while bullpen shines in twin bill split with the Syracuse Chiefs

Syracuse, NY – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee second baseman Corban Joseph is known for his bat and he showed just how dangerous he is at the plate with a solo blast in the top half of the third inning in a game two victory in a twin bill against the Syracuse Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium. The Yankees and Chiefs split the doubleheader with Syracuse taking game one by a score of 3-1 on Sunday night.

The Chiefs had two excellent chances to score in game two of the doubleheader. It all started in the home half of the first inning when Eury Perez led off the ballgame with a bunt single to the right side. Perez eventually ended up on third with just one out in the inning, but Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Chase Whitley got Jarrett Hoffpauir to bounce out to third and struck out Carlos Rivero to get out of the inning unscathed. Whitley cruised from there allowing just two hits over four innings, while striking out four and walking just one.

The Chiefs threatened again in the bottom half of the sixth, due to some superior speed from Perez who again reached on an infield single. Jim Negrych then sacrificed Perez to second and then moved over to third on a wild pitch. However, Manny Delcarmen reached back and got two strikeouts to once again preserve the Yankee lead as the teams headed to the seventh. Delcarmen got the win for the Yankees, while Juan Cedeno picked up the save with a scoreless ninth.

Despite a six inning complete game effort from starting pitcher Adam Warren (6-8), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took the loss in game one of the twin bill. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out five Chiefs. The Yankees did strike first in game one on a Joseph solo shot over the right field wall. However, Joseph’s ninth homer of the season was all the Yankees could bring across the plate, while Syracuse scored one run in the second and two in the third to take the game 3-1. Yunesky Maya (11-8) was magnificent in a five-inning shutout. He allowed just three hits on one run, while striking out one and walking none. Former Yankee farmhand Christian Garcia picked up his ninth save of the season with a scoreless sixth and seventh inning.

The Yankees and Chiefs take the field again tomorrow night for the series, and season finale in Syracuse. The Yankees send left-hander Mike O’Connor (2-6, 3.76) to the bump, while fellow left-hander John Lannan (7-10, 5.03) gets the nod for the Chiefs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

-SWB YANKEES-

Yankees open up a series with a twin bill in Syracuse

SWB Yankees Game Notes for 8/12 @ Syracuse Game one of two:

8-12 Notes

RED HOT…
Chris Dickerson is currently riding an eight game hit streak (.500 (17-34), 10R, 2 2B, 3HR, 9RBI, 9BB, 6K, SF, 5SB) entering play on Sunday afternoon at Syracuse. The SWB outfielder has been on a bigger tear than just the last week however. Dickerson has hit in 16 of his last 17 games and is the top hitter in the IL dating back to July 21st, (.423 (30-71) with 18R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 6HR (see HR note below) and 15 RBI’s) which coincides with his longest hit streak of the season. Dickerson also hit in eight straight games from July 21-31 and after getting held hitless by Indianapolis on August 2nd, started his current seven game run.

STARTING WITH THE LONG BALL…
Chris Dickerson led off Friday’s game with his seventh home run of the season off Bisons starter Pedro Beato. It was the fifth time Dickerson has led off the Yankees first inning with a homer in 2012, the second time in SWB’s last three games and the third time since August 5th. He led off Wednesday’s game at Frontier Field against the Red Wings with a top of the first homer off Shairon Martis…All of Dickerson’s first inning leadoff homers have come since July 17th. He led off the July 17th game at Frontier Field for SWB in the bottom of the first inning with a HR against Charlie Shirek of Charlotte. Dickerson took a Knights pitcher deep to start the game for a second time when he led off the game at Charlotte on July 26th with a homer off Simon Castro. The first of Dickerson three lead off homers this week came on August 5th off Indianapolis’ Rick Vanden Hurk.

STARTING LINEUPS (*Left Handed – #Switch Hitter)

SWB Yankees (66-53)
#24 Chris Dickerson* RF
#1 Corban Joseph 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez SS
#10 Ronnier Mustelier LF
#8 Brandon Laird 3B
#3 Francisco Cervelli C
#51 Melky Mesa CF
#21 Kosuke Fukudome 1B

#5 Darnell McDonald DH
#28 Adam Warren RHP

Syracuse Chiefs (59-62)
#6 Eury Perez CF
#8 Jim Negrych DH
#10 Cory Brown LF
#21 Carlos Rivero 3B
#24 Mark Teahen 1B
#4 Zach Walters SS
#5 Jarrett Hoffpauir 2B
#48 Carlos Maldonado C
#25 Brett Carroll RF
#29 Yunesky Maya RHP

Umpires – HP Chad Whitson, 1B Gerard Ascani, 3B Jon Saphire

Weather – Showers and thunderstorms, ending around early evening. Decreasing clouds with temperatures slowly falling to near 72F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

 

Game #120 – SWB 5 – BUF 1

DATE: August 11, 2012

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Brandon Laird Leads Yankees to 5-1 Victory Over Bisons in Series Finale
Chris Dickerson extends hitting streak to eight games, as SWB sweeps Buffalo Saturday night 

Buffalo, NY – After taking an early 1-0 advantage over the Buffalo Bisons, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was unable to record a hit until the top half of the seventh inning. Brandon Laird made the most of the teams first hit in six innings as he sent a solo blast way over the left-centerfield wall in the top half of the seventh inning breaking a 1-1 tie, leading the Yankees to a 5-1 win and a series sweep of a short two game series at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre wasted no time getting on the board against the Bisons. Chris Dickerson continued his hitting streak to eight straight games with a single to left. He then showcased his wheels by stealing second then moved over to third on a groundout to second off the bat of Corban Joseph. Eduardo Nunez then brought Dickerson home with an RBI double to the left-centerfield gap. Nunez’s eighth RBI of the season gave the Yankees the early 1-0 advantage over Buffalo after just one half inning of play.

The Bisons got one back in the home half of the fifth tying the ball game at 1-1. Matt den Dekker roped a double to right-center to leadoff the inning in scoring position for the Bisons. He then moved over to third on a ground out to third off the bat of Mike Nickeas. Following the Nickeas ground out Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Dave Miley went to the bullpen, bringing in Kelvin Perez for his first triple-A appearance. Josh Rodriguez then bounced back towards Perez, however the Yankees newest reliever couldn’t field the ball cleanly allowing den Dekker to score from third. The good news for the Yankees is, Brad Emaus popped out to Kosuke Fukudome at first to end the inning and the leave the score tied at 1-1 after five innings of play. Laird then gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the 2-1 advantage with his solo blast in the top half of the seventh. Joseph then added an RBI single off of Emaus’ glove at second allowing Dickerson to score from second. Mustelier then put the game out of reach with a long two-run homer over the left-centerfield wall, making it a 5-1 ballgame.

Justin Thomas was solid in a no decision effort for the Yankees. The left-hander went 4.1 innings allowing one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out a season high six batters. Kelvin Perez picked up the win for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with 2.2 scoreless innings of one hit ball in his triple-A debut. Preston Claiborne was magnificent with two shutout innings of relief. Dylan Owen suffered the loss for the Bisons. Zack Wheeler pitched well earning the no decision for Buffalo. The New York Mets top prospect allowed one run on two hits in six innings on the bump. He struck four and walked three.

Following Saturday night’s series finale win in Buffalo the Yankees head south to Syracuse, NY for a three-game, two-day series against the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium. The series kicks off with a double-header beginning at 4:00. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre sends right-hander Adam Warren (6-7, 3.74) to the hill, while the Chiefs counter with Yunesky Maya (10-8, 3.58). In game two the Yankees hand the ball to right-hander Chase Whitley (8-5, 3.96), while fellow right-hander Mitch Atkins takes the bump for Syracuse.

-SWB YANKEES-

Wrapping up a two game series against the Bisons in blustery Buffalo

SWB Yankees Game Notes for 8/11/12 @ Buffalo (Game #120, Road #58)

8-11 Notes

RED HOT…
Chris Dickerson is currently riding a seven game hit streak (.533 (16-30), 8R, 2 2B, 3HR, 9RBI, 8BB, 6K, SF, 3SB) entering play on Saturday night at Buffalo. The SWB outfielder has been on a bigger tear than in just the last week. Dickerson is the top hitter in the IL dating back to July 21st, (.433 (29-67) with 16R, 4 2B, 13B, 6HR (see HR note below) and 15 RBI’s) which coincides with his longest hit streak of the season. Dickerson hit in eight straight games from July 21-31 and after getting held hitless by Indianapolis on August 2nd, started his current seven game run.

THE STARTER…
Justin Thomas makes his third start of the season for the Yankees and gets starts in consecutive appearances for a team since the 2008 season when the left hander was pitching at Double-A in the Mariners organization with the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx… On the season Thomas is a combined 1-1 with a 3.53 ERA in 26 games with two starts…After beginning the 2012 season with the Boston Red Sox appearing in seven games (0-0, 7.71 ERA – 4ER/4.2IP), Thomas appeared in four games with Pawtucket (0-0, 3.38 ERA – 2ER/5.1IP) before being claimed off waivers by the Yankees on May 12th… Prior to getting his first start of the season for the Yankees at Charlotte on July 24th, his last regular start came on July 23, 2008 for the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (Seattle) in the Double-A Southern League…Thomas did make four starts for the Bravos de Margarita in the Venezuelan Winter League following the 2010 season posting a 0-1 record with a 4.40 ERA (7ER / 14.1 IP)…He pitched with Indianapolis in the Pirates organization in 2011 going 8-2 with a 3.89 ERA and led the IL with 63 appearances and 12 holds.

STARTING LINEUPS (*Left Handed – #Switch Hitter)

SWB Yankees (66-53)
#24 Chris Dickerson* RF
#1 Corban Joseph 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez SS
#10 Ronnier Mustelier LF
#8 Brandon Laird 3B
#3 Francisco Cervelli C
#51 Melky Mesa CF
#21 Kosuke Fukudome 1B

#5 Darnell McDonald DH
#33 Justin Thomas LHP

Buffalo Bisons (58-62)
#4 Josh Rodriguez SS
#29 Brad Emaus 2B
#2 Josh Satin 1B
#45 Lucas Duda LF
#3 Zach Lutz DH
#17 Valentino Pascucci RF
#7 Matt Tuiasosopo 3B
#22 Matt den Dekker CF
#16 Mike Nickeas C
#38 Zack Wheeler RHP

Umpires – HP - Marcus Patillo, 1B – Wally Bissett, 3B - Ben May

Weather – Cloudy with a few showers. Low 62F. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

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).

-SWB YANKEES-

Yankees open up a quick two game series in Buffalo against the Bisons

SWB Yankees Game Notes for 8/10/12 @ Buffalo (Game #119, Road #57)

8-10 Notes

THE STARTER…
Ramon Ortiz will make his third attempt at his 10 against Buffalo on Friday night…Ortiz has made two previous starts vs. Buffalo this season and is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA. In 12.2 IP against the Bisons, he has allowed 14H, 4R, 3ER, 1HR, 1BB, 11K and has a .280 average against…He beat Buffalo in a “home” start on May 27th and got no decision in his last start against the Bisons on July 7th in a “home” game at Syracuse…On the season Ortiz is 9-5 with a 3.20 ERA (9th in the IL) in 22 starts…The right hander has lost his last two starts and has not lost three straight decision since beginning the 2012 season 0-3 for SWB…Over his last three games Ortiz is 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA (12ER/19.0IP) and has allowed 22H over that stretch with a .293 average against…After beginning his spring in the San Francisco Giants organization, Ortiz minor league deal with the Yankees on April 9th…The Yankees are Ortiz’s 11th organization: The Angels, Reds, Nationals, Twins, Rockies, Giants, Dodgers, Mets, Rays, and Cubs are the others. He pitched professionally in Japan (2008).

NEW ARM IN THE PEN…
Kelvin Perez joins the SWB Yankees for the start of the series in Buffalo making his first appearance on the NY Yankees Triple- A roster. In 2011 the right hander combined to go 0-4 with nine saves and a 5.01 ERA in 47 appearances between Single-A Charleston (39G 0-4, 8SV, 4.66 ERA – 29 ER/56.0) IP and Single-A Tampa (0-0, 1SV, 6.43 ERA – 10 ER/14.0 IP)…Perez has put himself back on the map with an outstanding 2012 for the Double-A Trenton Thunder. In 41 games Perez is 6-1 with a 1.14 ERA (9 ER/71.1 IP). He allowed 47H with 1HR, 35BB and 60K and held the Eastern League to a .192 average against.

STARTING LINEUPS (*Left Handed – #Switch Hitter)

SWB Yankees (65-53)
#24 Chris Dickerson* DH
#1 Corban Joseph 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez SS
#10 Ronnier Mustelier LF
#8 Brandon Laird 3B
#3 Francisco Cervelli C
#51 Melky Mesa CF
#21 Kosuke Fukudome 1B

#5 Darnell McDonald RF
#35 Ramon Ortiz RHP

Buffalo Bisons (58-61)
#33 Fred Lewis LF
#4 Josh Rodriguez SS
#2 Josh Satin 2B
#3 Zach Lutz 1B
#24 Adam Loewen RF
#17 Valentino Pascucci DH
#7 Matt Tuiasosopo 3B
#22 Matt den Dekker CF
#16 Mike Nickeas C
#27 Pedro Beato RHP

Umpires – HP - Ben May, 1B – Marcus Patillo, 3B - Wally Bissett

Weather – Thunderstorms early, mainly cloudy overnight with a few showers. A few storms may be severe. Low around 65F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Game #118 – SWB 5 – ROC 2

DATE: August 9, 2012 

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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. 

-SWB YANKEES-

Maine heads to the bump for series finale against Rochester

HOPE WEEK PART TWO…
Below is a link to photos from today’s HOPE Week events at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. Today members of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and Rochester Red Wings spent time on the field with groups of kids from the Rochester Hispanic Youth Baseball Organization, as well as the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Link to Photos – http://www.photobucket.com/swbhopeweek2

THE STARTER…
John Maine makes his first start of the season against Rochester and his first since the 2006 season when the right hander was pitching with the Ottawa Lynx coming up in the Baltimore minor league system…Maine makes his seventh career start against the Red Wings and has posted a 1-3 record and a 4.02 ERA (14ER/31.1IP) with 16BB, 23K and a .232 (26-112) average against…The right hander is 5-3 on the season for the Yankees in 11games with 10 starts and a 5.23 ERA (30ER/51.2IP)… Maine signed a Minor League deal with New York on May 25th after beginning spring training with the Boston Red Sox and pitching in extended spring into early May…The right hander has pitched in parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues with Baltimore (’04-’05) and the New York Mets (’06-’10) posting a 41-36 record with a 4.35 ERA…He has pitched in the IL with Ottawa (’04-’05), Norfolk (’06) and Buffalo (’10)…Maine’s last outing against Indianapolis resulted in no decision with 5.0 IP at Frontier Field with 6H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 5K and a hit batsman.

STARTING WITH THE LONG BALL…
Chris Dickerson led off Wednesday’s game with his sixth home run of the season on a 2-1 pitch from Shairon Martis. It was the fourth time Dickerson has led off the Yankees first inning with a homer in 2012 and the third time he has done it at Frontier Field. All of his first inning leadoff homers have come since July 17th. Dickerson led off the July 17th game at Frontier Field with a HR against Charlie Shirek of Charlotte, hit a top of the first leadoff at Charlotte on July 26th off Simon Castro, and hit a bottom of the first inning homer on August 5th off Rick Vanden Hurk before Wednesday HR off Martis.

STARTING LINEUPS (*Left Handed – #Switch Hitter)

SWB Yankees (65-52)
#24 Chris Dickerson* DH
#1 Corban Joseph 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez SS
#10 Ronnier Mustelier LF
#44 Austin Romine C
#21 Kosuke Fukudome 1B
#51 Melky Mesa CF
#5 Darnell McDonald RF
#19 Ramiro Pena# 3B
#25 John Maine RHP

Rochester Red Wings (59-59)
#12 Brian Dinkelman DH
#27 Chris Parmelee* 1B

#7 Matt Carson RF
#33 Clete Thomas* CF
#17 Evan Bigley LF
#21 Eduardo Escobar 2B
#13 Rene Rivera C
#22 Ray Chang 3B
#11 Pedro Florimon SS
#40 P.J. Walters RHP

Umpires – HP - David Rackley, 1B – Gerard Ascani, 2- Jon Saphire3B - Chad Whitson

Weather – Widespread showers and thunderstorms developing by 9pm. Mostly cloudy with temperatures slowly falling to near 69F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%.

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