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Wrapping up the first half with the series finale against Buffalo…In Syracuse

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game #91 (home #48) vs. Buffalo (In Syracuse)

7-8 Notes

THE STARTER…
John Maine makes his fifth start (sixth appearance) for the Yankees on Sunday afternoon in Syracuse against the Buffalo Bisons…Maine suffered the no decision in his last start… Despite not earning a decision, Maine did have his longest outing of the season on July 3rd at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. The veteran right-hander tossed seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. The Yankees eventually lost the game 6-5…On the season the right hander is 2-2 with a 6.00 ERA with the majority of the damage against him with the Yankees coming in a June 23rd start at Indianapolis where he was lifted after 0.1 IP…Maine faced nine hitters, eight of whom reached base, allowing 6R, 6ER on 5H with 2BB, 1K and a hit batsman…He signed a Minor League free agent deal with New York on May 26th after being released by the Boston Red Sox… Maine pitched for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2011 posting a 1-3 with a 7.43 ERA in 11 starts…In 46.0 IP he allowed 56H, 48R, 38ER, 6HR, 37BB, 35K and a .315 average against…Maine 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).

A FAMILIAR FACE…
Last night, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees faced a pitcher who was in their clubhouse just last week… Chris Scwinden took the mound out of the bullpen last night for the Buffalo Bisons. It was the veteran right-handers first appearance with the Bisons, since being claimed off of waivers by the New York Mets on July 5th after the New York Yankees designated him for assignment on July 4th. The move was made by the Yankees to make room on the roster for recently claimed New York Yankee, Darnell McDonald. In one start with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Schwinden was 0-1 with a 6.75.

STARTING LINEUPS – (*LH | #SH)

BUFFALO (45-45)
#33 Fred Lewis – LF
#4 Josh Rodriguez – SS
#24 Adam Loewen – 1B
#2 Josh Satin – 2B
#22 Matt den Decker – CF
#17 Valentino Pascucci – DH
#7 Matt Tuiasosopo – 3B
#49 Raul Reyes – RF
#46 Rob Johnson – C

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#53 Collin McHugh – LHP

SWB YANKEES (48-41)
#24 Chris Dickerson – CF
#1 Corban Joseph – 2B
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#29 Jack Cust – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – 1B
#17 Cole Garner – RF
#55 Gustavo Molina – C
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
#12 Doug Bernier – 3B
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#25 John Maine – RHP

Umpires: Travis Carlson – HP, Brad Myers – 1B, Andy Dudones – 2B,  David Rackley – 3B

Forecast from Weather.com: Partly cloudy with temperatures steady near 79F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Game #90 – BUF 7 – SWB 6

DATE: July 7, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Late Rally Propels Buffalo Past Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7-6
Josh Satin pinch-hit single in the 8th proves to be the difference for Buffalo in series opener

Syracuse, NY – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and Buffalo Bisons traded punches the entire night. But, like a great heavyweight fight, somebody had to win. The Bisons overcame an early 5-1 deficit to win the series opener 7-6 at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, New York on Saturday night.

The Bisons struck first in the top half of the first inning. Adam Loewen roped a double to centerfield, bringing home Josh Rodriguez and giving Buffalo the early 1-0 advantage in the ballgame. The Bisons lead didn’t last long as Ronnier Mustelier roped a home run over the right field wall to knot the game at 1-1 after one inning of play.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre offense awoke in the home half of the third. With the bases loaded and one out, Jack Cust sent a line drive two-RBI single out into right field, plating Doug Bernier and Chris Dickerson. Later in the third, Ronnier Mustelier trotted in from third on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Brandon Laird. After the three run third inning, the Yankees lead grew to 4-1.

In the bottom half of the fourth, Chris Dickerson roped an RBI single right back up the middle, extending the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lead to 5-1. However, The Bisons made things interesting in the top half of the sixth inning when Chris dan Decker demolished a home run way over the left-centerfield wall off of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starting pitcher Ramon Ortiz. It was his fifth home run of the season and brought the Buffalo to within 5-4 heading into the home half of the inning.

The Bisons came all the way back to tie the game and eventually take the lead in the seventh. With Ramon Ortiz out of the game the Yankees turned to right-handed reliever Chase Whitley. The Bisons loaded the bases against Whitley in the seventh and Loewen drew a walk, allowing Raul Reyes to jog in as the tying run. Buffalo then took a 6-5 lead when Josh Satin hit a sacrifice fly to left field, bringing home Lucas May. However, the Yankees came right back in home half of the seventh to tie the game at 6-6 on a Cust RBI double down the left field line. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre catcher Francisco Cervelli then grounded into an inning ending double play and the teams headed to the eighth with the score knotted at 6-6.

Buffalo took the lead in the top half of the eighth when pinch hitter Brad Emaus roped an RBI single past Ramiro Pena at third, plating Valentino Pascucci and giving the Bisons the 7-6 advantage in the eighth. The Yankees failed to overcome the late Buffalo rally, dropping the series opener 7-6.

Ortiz was credited with the no decision for the Yankees. The veteran right-hander allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits. He struck out six and walked just one. Left-hander Garrett Olson suffered the no decision for the Bisons. He tossed four innings allowing five runs on eight hits, while striking out two and walking a pair. Whitley got the loss for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre falling to 3-3 on the season. While, Josh Edgin got the win and Justin Hampson earned the save for the Bisons. 

-SWB YANKEES-

Ortiz and the Yankees continue the “home stand” in Syracuse

THE STARTER…
Ramon Ortiz takes the mound for the Yankees on Monday night in his third attempt at his seventh win of the season…The first three times the right hander has come up short are not his fault as he left each of his last three outings (6/22 @ IND & 6/27 vs. GWN & 7/2 @LHV) with leads that the bullpen gave up…Ortiz tossed 7.1 shutout innings his last time out on July 2nd and left with a 4-0 lead and the bases loaded, that the pen gave up in the seventh…After beginning the season 0-3 with a 5.22 ERA through five starts, Ortiz has turned things around posting a 6-0 record over his last nine games with a 1.85 ERA (14ER / 68.2 IP)…Overall Ortiz is 6-3 with a 2.85 ERA (fifth best in the IL) in 14 starts with the SWB after signing a minor league deal with the Yankees on April 9th…Ortiz was named IL “Pitcher of the Week” for the period May 21-27…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).

REPRESENTING THE PINSTRIPES…
SWB Yankees reliever Juan Cedeno was named to the International League squad for the 2012 Triple-A All-Star game to be played on Wednesday, July 12th at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo.  Cedeno leads the Yankees with 29 appearances out of the bullpen in 2012 and has a 2-0 record with a 1.98 ERA and three saves.  2012 is the first season for Cedeno with the Yankees and his first in affiliated baseball since the 2008 season when he appeared for both the Detroit Tigers and LA Dodgers in their minor league systems.  This season is also the first time the left hander has appeared above the Double-A level.

STARTING LINEUPS – (*LH | #SH)

BUFFALO (44-45)
#33 Fred Lewis – LF
#4 Josh Rodriguez – SS
#24 Adam Loewen – 1B
#2 Josh Satin – 2B
#22 Matt den Decker – CF
#17 Valentino Pascucci – DH
#7 Matt Tuiasosopo – 3B
#49 Raul Reyes – RF
#26 Lucas May – C

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#47 Garrett Olson – LHP

SWB YANKEES (48-41)
#24 Chris Dickerson – CF
#1 Corban Joseph – 2B
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#29 Jack Cust – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#17 Cole Garner – RF
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
#12 Doug Bernier – SS
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#35 Ramon Ortiz – RHP

Umpires: David Rackley – HP, Travis Carloson – 1B, Brad Myers – 2B, Andy Dudones – 3B

Forecast from Weather.com: Partly to mostly clear with temperatures steady or falling to near 70F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Yankees turn to Mike O’Connor in series finale

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game #88 (home #46) @ Lehigh Valley

7-6 Notes

THE STARTER…
Mike O’Connor gets the spot start for the Yankees on Friday night in the series finale of a two game series as the home team in Allentown, Pennsylvania…O’Connor makes his fifth start of the season and his first against the IronPigs…His first start of the season against Rochester was the first he made since September 3, 2009 for the Omaha Royals against the Iowa Cubs…In his four starts for SWB O’Connor is 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA, coming out of the bullpen he is 0-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 14 appearances…Friday is O’Connor’s first start since making another spot start on 6/30 in the series opener of a two game road trip in Rochester against the Red Wings. He pitched 4.0 innings allowing 4H, 2R, 2ER with 3K’s. Both runs O’Connor surrendered came by way of the solo home run…O’Connor made a career high 51 appearances in 2010 with Buffalo going 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA…In 2011 he began the season with the Bisons before a May 4th call up to the NY Mets…O’Connor went 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 9G with the Mets and 5-5 with a 5.22 ERA in 39G with Buffalo…He signed as a free agent with the Yankees on December 1, 2011.

REPRESENTING THE PINSTRIPES…
SWB Yankees reliever Juan Cedeno was named to the International League squad for the 2012 Triple-A All-Star game to be played on Wednesday, July 12th at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo. Cedeno leads the Yankees with 29 appearances out of the bullpen in 2012 and has a 2-0 record with a 1.98 ERA and three saves. 2012 is the first season for Cedeno with the Yankees and his first in affiliated baseball since the 2008 season when he appeared for both the Detroit Tigers and LA Dodgers in their minor league systems. This season is also the first time the left hander has appeared above the Double-A level.

STARTING LINEUPS – (*LH | #SH)

SWB YANKEES (47-41)
#51 Ray Kruml – CF
#1 Corban Joseph – 2B
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#15 Russell Branyan – 1B
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#9 Colin Curtis* – LF
#17 Cole Garner – RF
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
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#45 Mike O’Connor – LHP

LEHIGH  VALLEY (51-36)
#8 Kyle Hudson* – CF
#5 Andres Blanco – SS
#3 Kevin Frandsen – 1B
#6 Tuffy Gosewisch – C
#11 Pete Orr – LF
#15 John Suomi* – DH
#28 Michael Spidale – LF
#4 Steve Susdorf* – RF
#2 Michael Martinez# – SS
#38 Jeremy Barnes – DH
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#34 B.J. Rosenberg – RHP

Umpires: Andy Dudones – HP, David Rackley – 1B, Travis Carlson – 2B, Brad Myers – 3B

Forecast from Weather.com: Partly cloudy with temperatures falling into the upper 70s. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Game #88 – LHV 7 – SWB 2

DATE: July 5, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IronPigs Score Early and Often, Defeat Yankees 7-2
Tug Hullett’s grand slam dooms Yankees in “home” series opener against the IronPigs

Allentown, PA – Tug Hullettt gave the Lehigh Valley IronPigs all the runs they would need with a grand slam to right field in the top of the second, leading his team past the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees by a score of 7-2 on Thursday evening at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

After a scheduled off day on Wednesday, Ryan Howard returned to the Lehigh Valley lineup and picked up right where he left off. With nobody out and Kyle Hudson standing on third, Howard sent a seeing eye single right in between Russell Branyan at first and Corban Joseph at second, giving the IronPigs the 1-0 advantage in the first inning. Lehigh Valley then loaded the bases in the top half of the second and Hullettt crushed a grand slam to right field off of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Adam Warren. The Hullett blast extended the IronPigs lead to 5-0. The Phillies triple-A affiliate wasn’t done yet as they added one more run in the top half of the third on an RBI single off the bat of Hullett. It was Hullett’s fifth RBI of the game and it gave the IronPigs a 6-1 lead in the third.

Brandon Laird ensured there would be no shutout in Thursday night’s game. For the third straight night, Laird crushed a home run. This time, Laird went deep to right field off of Lehigh Valley starting pitcher Pat Misch, bringing Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to within 6-1 after five innings of play. The Yankees added another run in the bottom half of the sixth on an RBI single by Branyan. Joseph scored easily on the play as Hudson lost the Branyan fly ball in the lights and it dropped in on the centerfield grass

Lehigh Valley got the run right back, extending its lead to 7-2 in the top half of the seventh on a sacrifice fly to centerfield off the bat of Michael Martinez. Michael Spidale scored easily from third, not even drawing a throw from Yankee centerfielder Ray Kruml.

Warren suffered the loss in his first appearance with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since returning from the New York Yankees. The right-hander tossed six innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits and walking four. With the loss, Warren falls to 5-6 on the season. Misch got the win for the IronPigs, improving to 6-10 on the season. The lefty tossed seven innings, allowing just two runs on six hits, while striking out eight and walking one. Preston Claiborne tossed three scoreless innings in relief for the Yankees, while Tyson Brummett and Philippe Aumont finished things for the IronPigs over the final two innings.

With the loss the Yankees are now 4.5 games behind the IronPigs for the International League North Divison lead. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre looks to get back on track Friday evening at 7:05 for the series finale against Lehigh Valley at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. Following Friday night’s game the Yankees travel to Syracuse for a short two game series with the Buffalo Bisons at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY. Left-hander Mike O’Connor gets the start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while B.J. Rosenberg gets the nod for the IronPigs.

 

-SWB YANKEES-

Making ourselves at home in Coca-Cola Park, Yankees continue series with the IronPigs

SWINGING IT WELL AGAINST THE PIGS…
Brandon Laird went 2 for 4 against Lehigh Valley on Wednesday with two runs scored, and a three run homer to right center field. It was the second straight night that the Yankees third baseman homered and with his RBI triple in the opening game of the three game road series, Laird scored four runs and knocked in five. It continues the success that he has had against the Iron Pigs in his career with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Dating back to his debut season of 2010 with SWB, Laird has played in 30 games against the Iron Pigs and is hitting .324 (33-102) with 16R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR and 18 RBI’s.

THE STARTER…
Adam Warren returns to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rotation after making his Major League debut with the New York Yankees on June 29th vs. the Chicago White Sox… He earned no decision in his Major League debut at Yankee stadium tossing 2.1 innings allowing 8H, 6R, 6ER, 2HR, with 2BB and 1K….In 15 starts with SWB this season Warren is 5-5 with a 3.86 ERA in 86.1 IP…His best start of the season was a complete game, five hit shutout in the first game of a DH at Norfolk on June 3rd…It began a stretch of 16.0 consecutive shutout innings (6/4 – 6/14) for the right hander, which is the longest streak for any SWB pitcher this season…Warren has made two previous starts against Lehigh Valley, both in 2011, and he has a 1-0 record against the Iron Pigs with a 2.25 ERA (3ER / 12.0IP)…He shutout LHV for 8.0 innings on 5H with 3BB and 8K’s in a start at Coca-Cola Park on April 20th of last season.

STARTING LINEUPS – (*LH | #SH)

SWB YANKEES (47-40)
#12 Doug Bernier – SS
#1 Corban Joseph – 2B
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#15 Russell Branyan – 1B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#17 Cole Garner – RF
#51 Ray Kruml – CF
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#28 Adam Warren – RHP

LEHIGH  VALLEY (50-36)
#8 Kyle Hudson* – CF
#3 Kevin Frandsen – 1B
#50 Ryan Howard – 1B
#15 John Suomi* – DH
#28 Michael Spidale – LF
#11 Pete Orr – LF
#4 Steve Susdorf* – RF
#2 Michael Martinez# – SS
#7 Tug Hulett* -3B
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#16 Pat Misch – LHP

Umpires: Brad Myers – HP, Andy Dudones – 1B, David Rackley – 2B, Travis Carlson – 3B

Forecast from Weather.com: Clear with temperatures falling into the low 70s. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Game #86 – SWB 8 – LHV 5

DATE: July 4, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Yankee Offense Explodes to Down IronPigs 8-5
Brandon Laird, Russell Branyan power Yankees past IronPigs, snap three game losing skid

Allentown, PA – In the game of baseball, scoring first is usually a good thing, however not in this series. The Yankees overcame an early 1-0 deficit to earn a 8-5 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Independence Day at Coca-Cola Field in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The IronPigs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the home half of the first inning. With one out in the inning, Pete Orr sent a sacrifice fly out to centerfield allowing Kevin Frandsen to score from third. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre struck right back with a thre-run top half of the third. Cole Garner provided the first run of the inning with an RBI double to left field, plating Russell Branyan. Gustavo Molina then gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead on a two-RBI double, which landed just shy of the centerfield wall. Brandon Laird and Cole Garner scored on the Molina double.

The Yankee offense wasn’t done there as they added three more runs in the top half of the third inning on a Brandon Laird three-run blast to right-centerfield. Laird’s second homer in as many nights gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the 6-1 advantage after three innings of play. Corban Joseph gave the Yankees an insurance run on an RBI double to right field. Molina came around to score, avoiding Tuffy Gosewisch’s tag at the plate with a fantastic slide, getting his hand on the plate just in time. Russell Branyan capped the Yankee scoring with a mammoth home run into the right field patio. Branyan’s 11th homer of the year gave the Yankees a 8-1 lead after 5 ½ innings of play.

The IronPigs began their comeback effort in the home half of the sixth inning. Michael Spidale started the rally with an RBI single to center. Michael Martinez then brought Lehigh Valley to within 8-5 with a three-run homer over the centerfield wall. It was Martinez’s first home run of the season.

Nelson Figueroa earned the win for the Yankees, improving to 6-2 on the year. The veteran right-hander tossed six innings allowing five runs on eight hits. He struck out one and didn’t walk a batter. Scott Elarton was credited with the loss for the IronPigs, allowing seven runs on nine hits. He struck out three and walked four, falling to 5-6 on the season. Corey Wade tossed one perfect relief inning in his first appearance since being sent down from New York. Chase Whitley contributed with a perfect eighth inning, while Ryota Igarashi picked up the save for the Yankees.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Lehigh Valley continue the five game, five-day series Thursday night at 7:05. The only difference is, the Yankees will be the home team for the final two days at Coca-Cola Park. Right-hander Adam Warren (5-5, 3.86) makes his first appearance since coming down from the New York Yankees, while southpaw Pat Misch (5-9, 4.24) heads to the hill for the IronPigs. With the win, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is now just 3.5 games behind Lehigh Valley for the International League North lead.

-SWB YANKEES-

Figueroa and Yankees Return to Coca-Cola Park for some Independence Day Baseball

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game #87 (road #41) @ Lehigh Valley

7-4 Notes

STILL IN THE HUNT…
Despite dropping three consecutive games to International League North foes, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are still very much alive in the playoff race. The Yankees wrap up a three game series as the road team against the IronPigs Wednesday, but begin a two game series as the home team against the IronPigs on Thursday. With that being said, the Yankees can get within 1.5 games of the North leading IronPigs. Also, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is just 1.5 games out of the International League North Wild Card race. The Pawtucket Red Sox currently hold the wild card spot with a record of 48-39.

FIGUEROA FACES ONE OF MANY FORMER TEAMS…
Since Nelson Figueroa was drafted by the New York Mets in 1995, he has pitched in nine Major League organizations. Since starting with the Mets he has pitched with the Diamondbacks, Phillies, Brewers, Pirates, Nationals, Astros, Blue Jays and Yankees organizations. The Brooklyn native hasn’t played in Yankee stadium since high school. In fact, he didn’t even pitch in the game, he played the outfield. The former IronPig was 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts with Lehigh Valley in 2010. Independence Day marks Figueroa’s second start since returning the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rotation and he is looking to help turn things around and snap a three game Yankee losing skid.

STARTING LINEUPS – (*LH | #SH)

SWB YANKEES (46-40)
#24 Chris Dickerson – CF
#1 Corban Joseph – 2B
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#15 Russell Branyan – 1B
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#17 Cole Garner – RF
#55 Gustavo Molina – C
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
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#20 Nelson Figueroa – RHP

LEHIGH  VALLEY (50-35)
#8 Kyle Hudson* – CF
#3 Kevin Frandsen – 1B
#11 Pete Orr* – 2B
#15 John Suomi* – DH
#28 Michael Spidale – LF
#4 Steve Susdorf* – RF
#2 Michael Martinez# – SS
#6 Tuffy Gosewisch – C
#7 Tug Hulett* -3B
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#30 Scott Elarton – RHP

Umpires: Travis Carlson – HP, Brad Myers – 1B, Andy Dudones – 2B, David Rackley– 3B

Forecast from Weather.com: Showers and thunderstorms developing by 6pm, but becoming less widespread by early evening. Mostly sunny with temperatures steady in the mid 80s. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Game #85 – LHV 6 – SWB 5

DATE: July 3, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IronPigs Come Back in the 8th to Beat SWB 6-5
Tuffy Gosewisch sacrifice fly in 8th proves to be the difference for IronPigs in comeback win

 Allentown, PA – For the second consecutive night, the Yankees scored first and failed to hang on for the victory. The Yankees held a 5-4 lead heading into the home half of the eighth, but a two run home half of the inning led the IronPigs to a 6-5 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The Yankees jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top half of the second inning when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre third basemen Brandon Laird took IronPigs starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd deep, off of the advertising boards in left field above just above the Yankee bullpen.

The 1-0 lead didn’t last for long as Ryan Howard provided his first two RBI on a long two-run shot way into the seats in left-center, giving Lehigh Valley the 2-1 advantage after four innings of play. The IronPigs offense didn’t go away in the home half of the fifth either. Howard added a two-RBI double to right field for his fourth RBI of the game, which extended the IronPig lead to 4-1 heading into the top half of the sixth.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got two runs back in the top half of the sixth inning to come within 4-3 of the IronPigs. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Francisco Cervelli roped a two-RBI single to left field, improving to 3-6 with 9 RBI when hitting with the bases loaded.

Jack Cust then made things interesting by sending a line drive home run into the right field stands to give Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 5-4 advantage after 7 ½ innings of play. However, the Yankees didn’t enjoy the lead for long as the IronPigs struck right back in the home half of the eighth on a Cody Overbeck game tying RBI double off the centerfield wall off of Yankee reliever Manny Delcarmen. Lehigh Valley then took the lead 6-5 in the bottom half of the eighth on a sacrifice fly to left field off the bat of Tuffy Gosewisch, plating Jeremy Barns.

Howard had a solid night in his third consecutive rehab appearance with Lehigh Valley. The Phillies first basemen went 2-3 with a double, home run and four RBI. Chris Dickerson and Cervelli each had two hits for the Yankees.

John Maine earned the no decision on the mound for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The veteran right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits over seven innings. He stuck out three and walked one. Cloyd got the no decision for the IronPigs, tossing seven innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked one and stuck out four. Delcarmen got the loss for the Yankees, while J.C. Ramirez got the win for the IronPigs. Justin Friend picked up the save for Lehigh Valley.

With the win, Lehigh Valley became the second team in the International League to reach the 50 win mark in the 2012 season. With the loss, the Yankees are now 4.5 games behind the IronPigs for first place in the International League North. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Lehigh Valley head to the diamond for the finale of the “road” portion of the series against the IronPigs. Right-Hander Nelson Figueroa (5-2, 3.90) heads to the hill for the Yankees, while Scott Elarton (5-5, 4.60) takes the ball for the IronPigs. First pitch on Independence Day is scheduled for 7:05 PM. 

-SWB YANKEES-

Maine on the mound, Yankees look to bounce back

LOOKING FOR REVENGE…
Last night the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees to a 4-0 lead after four innings, only to lose it in the 10th 5-4. The Yankees and IronPigs take the field today for game two of a five game series and will look to regain a game in the International League North Division race. With last night’s loss, the Yankees are now 3.5 games out of first place. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre turns to John Maine in game two, while the IronPigs counter with Tyler Cloyd.

SCORING EARLY NOT PAYING OFF AS OF LATE…
The Yankee dropped their second consecutive game when scoring first on Monday night at Lehigh Valley and are just 7-7 on their last 14 games when scoring the game’s first run. Scranton/WB’s winning percentage when picking up the first run of a contest is still tied for third best in the league with Charlotte at .714 but is a far cry from the 23-5 start and .821 winning percentage before the recent slide.

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game #85 (road #39) @ Lehigh Valley

7-3 Notes

STARTING LINEUPS – (*LH | #SH)

SWB YANKEES (46-39)
#24 Chris Dickerson – CF
#1 Corban Joseph – 2B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#15 Russell Branyan – 1B
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#9 Colin Curtis – LF
#17 Cole Garner – RF
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
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#25 John Maine – RHP

LEHIGH  VALLEY (49-35)
#8 Kyle Hudson – CF
#3 Kevin Frandsen – 2B
#50 Ryan Howard – 1B
#10 Cody Overbeck – DH
#4 Steve Susdorf – RF
#11 Pete Orr – LF
#6 Tuffy Gosewisch – C
#2 Michael Martinez – SS
#7 Tug Hulett -3B
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#24 Tyler Cloyd – RHP

Umpires: Will Little – HP, Craig Barron – 1B, Jon Byrne– 3B

Forecast from Weather.com: A period of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 9pm. Becoming partly cloudy with temperatures steady in the low 80s. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

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