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Game #117 – SWB 7 – ROC

DATE: August 8, 2012

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Ramiro Pena Two-RBI Single Leads Yankees By Red Wings 7-3
Mike O’Connor gets no decision in longest outing since August 6, 2008 as a Columbus Clipper

Rochester, NY – With runners on second and third and nobody out Rochester reliever Kyle Waldrop chose to intentionally walk Darnell McDonald to load the bases for a force out. Ramiro Pena made the Red Wings pay with a two-RBI single to left field leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to a 7-3 victory over the Rochester Red Wings on Wednesday night in game three of a four game set at Frontier Field.

Chris Dickerson put the Yankees on the board early with a solo home run to left-centerfield off of Red Wings starter Shairon Martis. Dickerson’s sixth home run of the year gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the 1-0 lead in the ballgame heading into the home half of the first inning. It was his fourth leadoff homer for the Yankees, with the last being on August 5th against Indianapolis at Frontier Field. Former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee Matt Carson answered with a home run of his own. The only difference was Carson homered with Eduardo Escobar on base, therefore giving the Red Wings the 2-1 lead in the ball game.

In the top of the seventh, Melky Mesa crushed his second home run of the year over the left field wall to knot the score at 2-2. Clete Thomas then hit a long solo shot to right-center giving Rochester the 3-2 advantage heading into the ninth. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s newest addition Austin Romine led off the top of the ninth with a double to right and then came around to score on a Kosuke Fukudome RBI double to left-center to tie the score yet again. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre then took the 5-3 lead on the two run double by Pena and never looked back. The Yankees got two more runs on a two-RBI slow rolling infield single to short off the bat of Eduardo Nunez making it a 7-3 ball game. Dickerson made the second RBI possible as he was hustling the whole way.

Mike O’Connor got the no decision for the Yankees in his longest outing since shutting out the Norfolk Tides as a member of the Columbus Clippers on August 6, 2008. The southpaw tossed 6 1/3 innings allowing two runs on just three hits, while striking out seven and not walking a batter. Following the Carson homer in the bottom of the first he retired 18 batters in a row before allowing a single off the bat of Chris Parmelee with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Shairon Martis got the no decision tossing seven innings allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out four and walking two. Deolis Guerra got the loss for the Red Wings, while Juan Cedeno picked up the win for the Yankees. Ryota Igarashi entered the game with a man on second and nobody out to earn his eighth save of the season.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Rochester conclude a four game series at Frontier Field on Thursday night at 7:05. Veteran right-hander John Maine takes the bump for the Yankees, while the Red Wings counter with rehabbing Major Leaguer P.J. Walters. This will be Walters second appearance against the Yankees this season, with the other coming on July 1st where he earned the no decision allowing three runs over four innings in a 5-3 Red Wings victory. Thursday night will be Maine’s first start against the Red Wings this season.

-SWB YANKEES-

Yankees and Red Wings take the field for the second time today

THE NEW LEADER IN THE CLUBHOUSE…
Brandon Laird drove home four runs in the Yankees 9-2 win on Monday over Rochester and is now the Yankees leader in runs batted in with 67. Laird picked up RBI’s in the first and in the second on singles and hit his 13th homer of the season off former SWB Yankees outfielder Matt Carson who was forced to the mound for an inning due to a depleted Red Wings bullpen. Laird’s total ranks third amongst IL players this season and he trails Ernesto Mejia of Gwinnett (82) and Dan Johnson of Charlotte (72).

YANKEES AND RED WINGS JOIN FORCES FOR HOPE WEEK…
The Yankees and Red Wings will combine efforts on Wednesday and Thursday for HOPE Week, a NY Yankees charitable initiative started in 2009 and also followed by the Minnesota Twins since 2011. The Yankees and Red Wings will host a Challenger Little League game at Frontier Field on Wednesday from 12pm- 1pm and hold a pair of baseball clinics for the Hispanic Youth Baseball League of Rochester from 11am – 12pm and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester on Thursday, from 1pm to 2pm. On both days, Yankees and Red Wings players will join the participants for lunch and a meet and greet.

STARTING LINEUPS (*Left Handed – #Switch Hitter)

SWB Yankees (64-52)
#24 Chris Dickerson* RF
#1 Corban Joseph 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez SS
#8 Brandon Laird DH
#44 Austin Romine C
#21 Kosuke Fukudome 1B
#51 Melky Mesa CF
#5 Darnell McDonald LF
#19 Ramiro Pena# 3B
#45 Mike O’Connor LHP

Rochester Red Wings (59-57)
#12 Brian Dinkelman 2B
#21 Eduardo Escobar# SS
#7 Matt Carson DH
#27 Chris Parmelee* 1B
#13 Rene Rivera C
#19 Wilkin Ramirez LF
#33 Clete Thomas* CF
#17 Evan Bigley RF
#22 Ray Chang 3B
#30 Shairon Martis RHP

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

Weather – Mostly clear with temperatures falling into the upper 60s. Winds light and variable.

SWB Yankees Open HOPE Week with Some Pre-Game Fun during a Challenger Little League Game

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees joined forces with the Rochester Red Wings to host the Fairport, NY and Greece, NY Challenger Little League teams. The two teams played a two-inning game at Frontier Field just hours before the Red Wings and Yankees take the field for game three of a four game series. Following the game many players signed autographs and even sat down for lunch with the Little Leaguers.

Today’s fun will continue tomorrow as HOPE Week concludes when the Yankees and Red Wings hold a clinic for the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Hispanic Youth Baseball Association. The clinic will be followed by lunch and a meet and greet with members of the Red Wings and Yankees.

Here is a link to all of the photos taken during today’s event.

http://www.photobucket.com/swbhopeweek2012

Game #116 – SWB 3 – ROC 1 (11)

DATE: August 7, 2012

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Dickerson’s Two-RBI Single Sinks Red Wings in 3-1 Extra Innings SWB Win
Brian Dinkelman breaks up Warren’s no hit bid with one out in the 8th on an infield single

Rochester, NY – It’s always important to cash in with the bases loaded in the game of baseball. Yankee outfielder Chris Dickerson did just that with a two-RBI single to right field in the top half of the 11th leading the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees past the Rochester Red Wings by a score of 3-1 in game two of a four game series at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY on Tuesday night.

The Yankees ended the pitchers duel in the top half of the eighth to take a 1-0 lead. With the bases loaded and one out, Ronnier Mustelier grounded up the middle and Red Wings second baseman Brian Dinkelman made a stellar play to get the out at second, but the throw from Eduardo Escobar was not in time allowing Dickerson to score from third for the first Scranton/Wilkes-Barre run.

The Red Wings came right back in the home half of the inning to tie the game at 1-1. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee starter Adam Warren lost his no hit bid when Brian Dinkelman grounded softly to second base. Corban Joseph charged the ball hard and nearly made a terrific play, but a hustling Dinkelman made the play even tougher. Rene Rivera then roped an RBI double, plating Dinkelman at tying the game.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took the lead for good when Dickerson lofted a two-run single into shallow right field. Brandon Laird scored easily from third, while Melky Mesa came home from second. Dickerson’s single made it a 3-1 ballgame heading into the home half of the 11th inning.

Cory Wade got his first win for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, while Ryota Igarashi picked up the save with a scoreless 11th for the Yankees improving to 4-3 in his time with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Warren was terrific on the bump for the Yankees in the no decision. The right-hander out of the University of North Carolina tossed eight innings allowing just one run on two hits, while striking out nine and walking just two. Bobby Lanigan suffered the loss for the Red Wings.

The Yankees and Red Wings take the field tomorrow evening for game three of a four game series as the visiting team at Frontier Field. Left-hander Mike O’Connor takes the bump for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while right-hander Shairon Martis heads to the hill for the Red Wings.

With the win Scranton/Wilkes-Barre moves to just 0.5 games behind the Pawtucket Red Sox and increased their wild card lead to one game over Lehigh Valley. Both the PawSox and the IronPigs were off on Tuesday evening. 

-SWB YANKEES-

Cal Ripken makes a pre-game appearance, while the Yankees and Red Wings continue a four game series at Frontier Field

CAL RIPKEN MAKES AN APPEARANCE AT FRONTIER FIELD…
Cal Ripken makes his return to Rochester to be inducted into the International League Hall of Fame. Ripken, known as baseball’s Iron Man, played 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles before retiring in 2001. He played in a major league record 2,632 consecutive games for the Orioles and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

ROMINE RETURNS…
Austin Romine has been added to the SWB active roster as he continues his Major League rehab assignment after missing the majority of the 2012 season with a back injury. The Yankees second round selection in the 2007 First Year Player Draft made his Major League debut with New York in 2011 appearing in nine games hitting .158 (3-19)…Romine began the 2011 season with Double-A Trenton hitting .286 (96-336) with 43R, 13 2B, 6HR and 47 RBI in 85 games…He joined the SWB Yankees making his debut on September 2nd. Romine appeared in four game with SWB hitting .133 (2-15) with 1RBI before getting his call up to New York…During his rehab stint this summer beginning with the GCL Yankees (7/13 – 7/24) in 9G he hit .208 (5-24) with 5R, 3 2B, 5RBI, 5BB and 3K. Romine’s MLB rehab was transferred to the Tampa Yankees for 5G (7/26-8/5) where he hit .389 (7-18) with 2R, 1HR, 1RBI, 1BB with 3K.

STARTING LINEUPS (*Left Handed – #Switch Hitter)

SWB Yankees (62-52)
#24 Chris Dickerson* RF
#1 Corban Joseph 2B

#26 Eduardo Nunez SS
#10 Ronnier Mustelier LF
#8 Brandon Laird 1B
#3 Francisco Cervelli C
#51 Melky Mesa CF
#7 Kevin Russo DH
#19 Ramiro Pena# 3B
#28 Adam Warren RHP

Rochester Red Wings (59-57)
#21 Eduardo Escobar# SS
#7 Matt Carson DH
#27 Chris Parmelee* 1B
#19 Wilkin Ramirez LF
#33 Clete Thomas* CF
#17 Evan Bigley RF
#12 Brian Dinkelman* 2B
#22 Ray Chang 3B
#13 Rene Rivera C

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

Weather – Clear with temperatures falling into the mid 60s. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Game #115 – SWB 9 – ROC 2

DATE: August 6, 2012

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Yankees Begin Road Trip with a 9-2 Victory over Red Wings
Whitley tosses four perfect innings of relief, and offense explodes in win over Rochester

Rochester, NY – After losing three of four to the Indianapolis Indians, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees were poised to turn things around quick. They did just that with an offensive explosion backed by a strong relief outing from Chase Whitley en route to a 9-2 victory on Monday night in Rochester, NY.

The Yankees jumped on Rochester starting pitcher Pedro Hernandez early with a three-run first inning. Kevin Russo, Chris Dickerson, and Eduardo Nunez led off the game with consecutive singles. With one out in the inning Brandon Laird extended the lead to 2-0 with an RBI single to centerfield. Melky Mesa completed the Yankee scoring in the first with an RBI single to left. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre came right back in the top half of the second scoring three more runs. With two outs in the inning Nunez crushed a ground rule double over Clete Thomas’ head in centerfield, bringing home Ramiro Pena. Ronnier Mustelier joined the RBI parade with a double to right-center and then came around to score on Laird’s second RBI single of the night.

Rochester got two runs back in the home half of the second inning on a two-RBI double off the bat of Ray Chang. However, the two runs in the second were all the runs the Red Wings could push across in the ballgame. The Yankees added an insurance run in the third inning when Pena scored from third on a fielder’s choice off of Dickerson’s bat making it a 7-2 ballgame.

Laird continued his big night in the top of the eighth with a two-run shot into the Yankees bullpen in left field off of Red Wings position player Matt Carson. Laird would finish the night with three hits, and four RBI. Carson was not the only position player to make an appearance in the ball game for the Red Wings as former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee Rene Rivera tossed a scoreless ninth inning.

Chase Whitley picked up the win in relief of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Justin Thomas. Whitley tossed four perfect innings, while striking out three Red Wings hitters en route to the Yankee win. With the win Whitley moves to 8-5 on the season. Thomas allowed just two runs on two hits in three innings on the bump for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Juan Cedeno tossed the final two scoreless innings for the Yankees. Hernandez suffered the loss in his Rochester Red Wings debut. The right-hander allowed six runs on 10 hits, while striking out two in just two innings on the bump. 

The Red Wings and Yankees continue their four game series Tuesday night with a 7:35 first pitch. The Fox Sports Radio The Game pre-game report will begin at 7:15.

-SWB YANKEES-

Thomas takes the mound in road trip opener

SWB Yankees Game Notes for August 3rd vs. Indianapolis Indians

8-6 Notes

THE STARTER… Justin Thomas makes his second start of the season for the Yankees and his first since a July 24 Charlotte…On the season the left hander is a combined 1-1 with a 3.32 ERA in 26 games with one start…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… Monday is Thomas’ second start this season…Priot to 2012 his last start came on July 23, 2008 for the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (Seattle) in the Double-A Southern League…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.

FRONTIER FIELD BACK TO NORMAL…
The Yankees are back to a more “normal” existence at Frontier Field as the visiting team taking on the Rochester Red Wings in a four game series. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre hosted 38 games at the Red Wings home stadium and posted a 22-18 record as the “home” team at Frontier Field including 4-4 against Rochester in four games in both April and May. As the visitors at Frontier Field in 2012 against the Red Wings, SWB is 1-1.

STARTING LINEUPS (*Left Handed – #Switch Hitter)

SWB Yankees (62-52)
#7 Kevin Russo 3B
#24 Chris Dickerson* DH
#26 Eduardo Nunez SS
#10 Ronnier Mustelier LF
#8 Brandon Laird 1B
#3 Francisco Cervelli C
#51 Melky Mesa CF
#5 Darnell McDonald RF
#19 Ramiro Pena# 2B
#33 Justin Thomas LHP

Rochester Red Wings (59-56)
#21 Eduardo Escobar# SS
#7 Matt Carson DH
#27 Chris Parmelee* 1B
#19 Wilkin Ramirez LF
#33 Clete Thomas* CF
#17 Evan Bigley RF
#12 Brian Dinkelman* 2B
#22 Ray Chang 3B
#13 Rene Rivera

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

Weather – Mostly clear with temperatures falling into the low 60s. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Game #114 – IND 7 – SWB 2

DATE: August 5, 2012

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Indians Take Three of Four from Yankees with 7-2 Victory in Series Finale
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre falls to 2nd place in the IL North Division standings with loss to Indy

Rochester, NY – Saturday night the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees came back to beat the Indianapolis Indians in extra innings. The teams reversed roles on Sunday night as the Indians defeated the Yankees 7-2 in the series finale of a four game set at Frontier Field in Rochester, New York.

The Yankees jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the home half of the first when Chris Dickerson sent his fifth homer of the year into the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bullpen just beyond the left field wall. The Yankees added one more in the bottom of the second. Brandon Laird reached when his Major League fly ball towards first base fell to the ground when the Indians infield lost it in the sun. Laird then went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Francisco Cervelli. Later in the inning Kosuke Fukudome crushed an RBI double off the top of the left field wall, bringing home Laird from second and making it a 2-0 ball game in favor of the Yankees.

The Indians cut the Yankee lead in half in the top half of the fifth. Jeff Larish led off the inning with a walk, Brandon Boggs singled and Jose Morales bunted each of them up a base, giving the Indians 2nd and 3rd with just one out. Anderson Hernandez then roped an RBI single to score Larish from third. Ortiz then got Chase d’Arnaud to ground into a double play to end the inning and preserve the 2-1 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lead.

The Indians capitalized on some bad luck in the Yankee outfield in the top of the fifth. Jeff Clament and Yamaico Navarro hit back-to-back fly balls, which were lost in the lights by Yankee outfielders. The misfortune resulted in a total of three runs and Indianapolis added two more in the inning to take a 6-2 lead. Matt Hague completed the scoring for Indianapolis with a sacrifice fly in the top half of the ninth making it a 7-2 ballgame.

Ramon Ortiz (9-5) suffered the loss despite tossing seven innings. The veteran right-hander allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out two and walking one in the outing. Rick VandenHurk (11-3) tossed seven innings allowing just two runs on four hits and striking out seven in a winning effort for the Indians.

With the Yankees loss and Pawtucket win, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is now in second place in the International League North division. Even with the loss the Yankees remain 0.5 games up on Lehigh Valley in the International League wildcard race.

Despite wrapping up their 37 home games in Rochester on Sunday night, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will stay at Frontier Field and begin a four game series with the Rochester Red Wings on Monday evening at 7:05. Justin Thomas gets the nod for the Yankees, while Pedro Hernandez takes the ball for the Red Wings.

-SWB YANKEES-

Game #113 – SWB 9 – IND 8

DATE: August 4, 2012

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Dickerson Sacrifice Fly Leads Yankees to Walk-off Victory over Indians
Melky Mesa goes deep to center for first triple-A hit and homer in extra inning victory over Indianapolis

Rochester, NY – The Indianapolis Indians have enjoyed much success over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees this season. However, the Yankees got the best of Indians on Saturday night with a 9-8 walk-off victory at Frontier Field. Chris Dickerson proved to be the difference with a walk off sacrifice fly to centerfield.

Indianapolis jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top half of the second inning on a Yamaico Navarro double to the left-centerfield gap, bringing home Jeff Clement. The Indians added two more runs in the top half of the third on a two-RBI single off of Clement’s bat. Chase d’Arnaud and Jose Tabata came around to score on the Clement doube and Indianapolis held a 3-0 lead after three innings of play.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre offense awoke in the home half of the fourth knotting the score at 3-3. Brandon Laird drew a bases loaded walk to bring home the Corban Joseph for the Yankees first run and Eduardo Nunez then took home on a wild pitch out of the hand of Indianapolis starter Justin Wilson. The third and final run of the inning came when Ronnier Mustelier scored from third on a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Francisco Cervelli.

The Indians took the lead right back in the top half of the fifth. Matt Hague grounded out to Nunez allowing d’Arnaud to score easily from third and give Indianapolis the 4-3 lead. In the top of the sixth, Anderson Hernandez hit a rocket towards first and Kosuke Fukudome made a terrific play at first to get Hernandez at first. However, Christian Marrero scored from third on the Hernandez ground out and gave the Indians the 5-3 advantage heading into the home half of the sixth. The Indians added two runs in the top of the eighth on a Tabata two-RBI single making it a 7-4 ball game.

However, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre came all the way back in the bottom of the eighth. Brandon Laird started the three run rally with an RBI double to centerfield. Mesa followed suit with an RBI single and Laird scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Fukudome. Later in the inning with runners on the corner Darnell McDonald grounded into a double play to end the bottom of the eighth with the score tied at 7-7.

D’Arnaud broke the 7-7 tie with an RBI single to centerfield allowing Eric Fryer to score from second making it an 8-7 ball game. Fryer entered the game as a pinch runner for Tony Sanchez who drew a leadoff walk to start the tenth. In the bottom half, Darnell McDonald hit a grounder to third with the bases loaded allowing Cervelli to score from third on a throwing error. Mesa then scored on a sacrifice fly for the walk off 9-8 win.

Ryota Igarashi got the win for the Yankees, while Tim Wood suffered the loss for the Indians. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Indianapolis conclude their four game series tomorrow evening at 6:05.

Game #112 – IND 2 – SWB 0

DATE: August 3, 2012
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Indians Stay Hot and Take Down Yankees 2-0
Jeff Locke’s 10 strikeouts and 7.1 scoreless innings key in Indians shutout victory

Rochester, NY – For the second straight night a solid pitching effort from the Indianapolis Indians (70-44) doomed the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (61-51). On Friday night it was left-hander Jeff Locke who kept the Yankees in check, tossing 7 1/3 innings of shutout baseball and adding 10 strikeouts to lead Indianapolis to a 2-0 shutout victory in game two of a four game series at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY.

The pitchers duel ended in the top half of the sixth when the Indianapolis Indians scored the games first run. Mike O’Connor issued a lead off walk to Anderson Hernandez. O’Connor was then replaced by Cory Wade, who got Chase d”Arnaud to pop out to Kevin Russo at third on a failed bunt attempt. Hernandez then moved over to second on a wild pitch and Jose Tabata drew a leadoff walk, giving the Indians runners on first and second with just one out. Matt Hague then cashed in Hernandez with an RBI single to left, allowing Tabata go from first to third with still just one out in the inning. Later in the inning, Jeff Clement roped a sacrifice fly to right, allowing Tabata to score from third making it a 2-0 ball game and completing the scoring from both teams for the night.

O’Connor suffered the loss in just his ninth start on the bump for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season. With the loss the Yankees left-hander fell to 2-6 on the season He allowed just one run on two hits, while striking out five and walking two over 5 1/3 innings on the bump. Justin Thomas was terrific in relief for the Yankees as he pitched a scoreless eighth inning, while Preston Claiborne matched his predecessor with a scoreless ninth. With the win Locke improved to 9-5 and allowed just three hits and two walks. Tim Wood picked up the save for Indianapolis with a scoreless ninth inning.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Indianapolis continue their four game series at Frontier Field Saturday evening at 7:05. John Maine (4-3, 5.90) gets the nod for the Yankees, while southpaw Justin Wilson (8-5, 4.04) takes the ball for the Indians.

-SWB YANKEES-

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