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Post Season Game #4 PAW 7 – SWB 1

 

 

DATE: September 8, 2012
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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Remarkable Season Ends with 7-1 Loss
Yankees “Road Warrior” season falls short in playoffs with 3-1 series loss to Paw Sox

Rochester, NY – Pawtucket overpowered Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and starting pitcher Vidal Nuno (LP, 0-1) with a seven run, seven hit second inning as the Red Sox ended the Yankees season on Saturday night with a 7-1 win taking the best of five opening round playoff series three games to one.

Nuno, who began the season at Single-A Tampa in the Yankees minor league system was making his Triple-A and SWB debut after getting called up for the playoffs from Double –A Trenton.  The first inning for the left hander yielded just one Paw Sox base runner, a two out walk to J.C. Linares, Nuno got out of the inning on a pop foul with no damage done.

The second inning would be the undoing of Nuno and ultimately the Yankees as Pawtucket sent 10 men to the plate in a seven run, seven hit inning as the Red Sox knocked out the starter after just 1.2 innings.  The inning opened with three straight hits loading the bases before Nuno got Jason Repko to pop out to shortstop for the first out.  Jon Hee got Pawtucket on the board with an RBI single to right scoring Andy LaRoche for a 1-0 lead.  Jeremy Hazelbaker made it 2-0 with an RBI single to right field scoring Bryce Brentz. Tony Thomas narrowly beat out a potential inning ending double play with a run scoring fielder’s choice to run the score to 3-0.  Linares made it 4-0 with an RBI single scoring Hee.  The final blow of the inning and the night for Nuno was a three run homer to left by Danny Valencia to push the lead to 7-0.

Paw Sox starter Nelson Figueroa (WP, 1-0), who began the season with the Yankees before being released and signing with Pawtucket was impressive early retiring the first 10 Yankee hitters of the game before allowing a one out homer in the fourth inning to Corban Joseph to deep right center field.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre could get no closer as Figueroa would only allow three more base runners the rest of the way: a two out walk in the fifth to Austin Romine, an error in the sixth allowing Kevin Russo to first and a single to left in the eighth by Ramiro Pena.  Figueroa allowed just two hits, one run with one walk and eight strikeouts.

The Red Sox await the winner of the Charlotte vs. Indianapolis series and will open the Governor’s Cup Final at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on Tuesday night.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s remarkable 2012 season comes to a close with a regular season record of 84-60 and a fifth International League North Division title in six seasons with Dave Miley as the manager.

-SWB YANKEES-

Looking to Stay Alive…

Vidal Nuno makes his SWB Yankees and Triple-A debut in game four against Pawtucket

SWB YANKEES PLAYOFF GAME NOTES…
9-8 Notes

WALKING OFF A WINNER…
Melky Mesa’s walk off two run home run was the second game winning homer and the third walk off winning hit in SWB Yankees playoff history…In the Governors’ Cup winning season of 2008, the Yankees walked off twice on route to the league title…Shelly Duncan’s two run homer in game four against the Paw Sox at PNC Field on September 7, 2008 with a 10th inning shot off Edgar Martinez…The Yankees walked off again in the second game of the Governors’ Cup finals against the Durham Bulls picking up an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning by Bernie Castro off Bulls pitcher Ben Hendrickson.

STAYING ALIVE…
The Yankees picked up their first win when facing elimination in a playoff series since the franchise became a Yankees affiliate in 2007…On three previous occasions the Yankees were facing an elimination game and fell to the opposition…SWB lost game four 4-3 to the Richmond Braves in 2007 at PNC Field, lost game three of the 2009 Governors’ Cup Finals to Durham 3-2 at PNC Field and dropped game four in an opening round playoff series by a 11-5 score also at PNC Field.

THE STARTER…
Left hander Vidal Nuno makes his Triple-A and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre debut in game four of the opening round playoff series against the Pawtucket Red Sox Saturday night at Frontier Field…Nuno began his 2012 season with the Single-A Tampa Yankees appearing in 11 games making one start…The left hander went 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA and was promoted to Double-A Trenton where he posted a 9-5 record with a 2.45 ERA in 20 starts with the Thunder, walking 27 and striking out 100 in 114.0 IP…After getting drafted by Cleveland in the 48th round in 2009, he signed as a free agent with NY on June 11, 2011

STARTING LINEUPS (* left hander / switch hitter #)

PAWTUCKET RED SOX (2-1)
#34 Jeremy Hazelbaker* – DH
#2 Tony Thomas – 2B
#17 J.C. Linares – LF
#36 Danny Valencia – 3B
#7 Andy LaRoche – 1B
#25 Bryce Brentz – RF
#33 Dan Butler – C
#11 Jason Repko – CF
#12 Jon Hee – SS
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#38 Nelson Figueroa – RHP

SWB YANKEES (1-2)
#7 Kevin Russo – 3B
#1 Corban Joseph* – 2B
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#34 Luke Murton – 1B
#51 Melky Mesa – CF
#17 Cole Garner – RF
#24 Austin Romine – C
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
#5 Darnell McDonald – DH
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#28 Vidal Nuno – LHP

Umpires: HP – Chad Whitson, 1B – Craig Barron (CC), 2B – Jeff Gosney, 3B – Brad Myers
Forecast from weather.com: Light rain. The rain will come to an end around 7pm. Decreasing clouds and windy. Temperatures falling into the upper 50s. Winds W at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%

Playoff Game #3 SWB 4 – PAW 3

DATE: September 7, 2012
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The “Melk Man” Delivers Walk-off Two Run HR in Ninth for 4-3 SWB Win
Melky Mesa’s dramatic homer keeps the Yankees season alive for one more day

Rochester, NY – Melky Mesa’s two run, two out homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a dramatic 4-3 come from behind win over the Pawtucket Red Sox and kept the Yankees season alive forcing a game four in the best of five opening round playoff series against the Red Sox.

The Paw Sox picked up their two runs early on off SWB starter Mike O’Connor on back-to-back homers in the top of the second inning.  Bryce Brentz and Mike Rivera hit consecutive pitches by the left hander over the wall in left field giving Pawtucket a 1-0, then a 2-0 lead.  O’Connor kept the Yankees in the game until his departure after the sixth inning allowing the two runs on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

Red Sox starter Billy Buckner dominated the Yankees bats keeping them virtually silent heading into the top of the eighth inning as allowing just two base runners in his 6.1 innings of work.  Luke Murton led off the second inning with a walk and moved up to second on Mesa’s single for the first SWB hit of the night.  Mesa would be the last Yankee to reach base against Buckner who struck out seven in addition to allowing the pair of Yankees to reach in the second.

Brock Huntzinger came into the game with one out in the seventh inning and got the last two outs in the seventh, running the string of consecutive batters retired to 18.

Pawtucket picked up what looked to be the back breaker for the Yankees season with a single run in the top of the eighth inning off Yankees reliever Manny Delcarmen to run the score to 3-0.  Jason Repko singled to lead off the inning and went to second base when Cole Garner overran the ball in right field.  A wild pitch by Delcarmen advanced Repko to third with none out, before Delcarmen struck out Tony Thomas for the first out of the inning.  Ryota Igarashi (WP, 1-0) came in out of the bullpen and gave up a gap triple to right center field to J.C. Linares scoring Repko for a 3-0 lead.

Huntzinger got the first out of the Yankees eighth to extend the string to 19 straight retired on Garner’s ground out to shortstop.  Gustavo Molina broke the string of 19 consecutive hitters retired by Paw Sox pitching with a one out homer in the bottom of the eighth for the Yankees first hit of the night since Mesa’s single in the second to get the Yankees on the board at 3-1.

After Igarashi set down Pawtucket 1-2-3 in the top of the inning, the Yankees went to work in the bottom half of the ninth.  Tony Pena Jr. replaced Huntzinger to open the inning and gave up a leadoff double to Kevin Russo.  Russo advanced to third on Corban Joseph’s ground out to short and scored Ronnier Mustelier’s RBI single to center to cut the lead to 3-2.  The Red Sox went to the bullpen again bringing in Pedro Beato (LP, 0-1), who got Murton to foul out to first baseman Andy LaRoche for the second out of the inning.  Mesa hit a 2-0 Beato pitch to left just out of the reach of Repko and into the Yankees bullpen for the game winning hit.

The Yankees and Red Sox will play game four in the best of five series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre facing another elimination game on Saturday night with a 7:05 pm first pitch from Frontier Field.  SWB will send left hander Vidal Nuno to the hill in his Triple-A and SWB Yankees debut while the Paw Sox will go with veteran right hander and former Yankee and Red Baron Nelson Figueroa (12-5, 3.89 ERA)

-SWB YANKEES-

 

 

 

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

Post Season Game #2 PAW 3 – SWB 2

DATE: September 6, 2012
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SWB Yankees Lose Early Lead for Second Straight Game
Pawtucket leads best of five series two games to none with 3-2 win

Pawtucket, RI – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees committed the fewest errors in the International League in 2012, the second straight season that the Yankees held that distinction.  Two SWB errors led to two unearned runs as Pawtucket overcame an early deficit for the second consecutive night picking up a come from behind 3-2 win and grabbing a 2-0 lead in the best of five opening round playoff series.

For the second consecutive night the Yankees got out to an early advantage grabbing a 2-0 lead on Paw Sox starter Chris Hernandez.  Luke Murton led off the inning with an infield single and went first two third on a double from Melky Mesa.  Austin Romine’s ground out scored Murton for a 1-0 lead.  With Mesa at second base, Hernandez paused at the top of the stretch and dropped the baseball on the first base side of the mound.  A balk was called moving Mesa to third.  Cole Garner singled through a draw in infield scoring Mesa for a 2-0 lead.

Ramon Ortiz (LP, 0-1) was cruising along until the first of the defensive miscues by the Yankees leading to unearned runs for the Red Sox.  Dan Butler’s grounder to third was fielded cleanly by Kevin Russo who over threw Murton at first base allowing Butler to reach first and then advance to second on the overthrow.   With Butler at second base Bryce Brentz double to the gap in right center scoring Butler and the lead was cut in half at 2-1.

The Yankees maintained the lead until the bottom of the seventh inning when the Paw Sox grabbed the lead with a pair of runs off Ortiz for a 3-2 lead.  Nate Spears led off the inning with a bloop double down the line in left that fell in between Ronnier Mustelier coming in from left and Ramiro Pena coming out from shortstop.  With Spears at second and none out, Brentz flipped a single over the right side of the infield scoring Spears to tie the game at 2-2.  Jon Hee was the next Pawtucket hitter who singled to right field in front of Garner.  Brentz went from first to third on the play ahead of Garner’s throw, which skipped past Russo as well as Ortiz who was backing up the play.  The throwing error allowed Brentz to score from third base with the go ahead run giving the Red Sox the 3-2 lead.  Hee was the last batter Ortiz faced on the night.  The right hander took the loss allowing three runs, one earned on six hits with two walks and three strike outs.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s bats went to sleep after the two run three hit second inning, picking up just two hits from the third through the eighth innings.  The Yankees managed a pair of hits in the top of the ninth inning and got the tying run to second base but had their rally fall short.  Jose De L Torre (SV, 2) picked up his second consecutive save allowing a leadoff single to Murton and a two out single to Garner before getting Ramiro Pena to fly out to center for the final out of the game.

Pawtucket is now one win away from sweeping the Yankees in the first round best of five series.  The only time the SWB Yankees have been swept in a playoff series was in the Governors’ Cup Finals in 2009 by the Durham Bulls.

The venue shifts to Frontier Field in Rochester, New York for the remainder of the best of five series.  Game three between the Yankees and Red Sox will be at 7:05 PM Friday night.  Left hander Mike O’Connor (3-6, 3.73 ERA) gets the start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who will try and avoid the three game sweep.  Pawtucket will send right hander Billy Buckner (8-6, 3.91 ERA) to the mound to try and close the Yankees out.

-SWB YANKEES-

A Must Win for SWB

Ramon Ortiz gets the start in a “must win” game for SWB down 0-1 in the best of five first round series vs. Pawtucket

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES – Game # 2 International League Playoffs (PAW leads 1-0)
9-6 Notes

THE STARTER…
Ramon Ortiz  gets the start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a “must win” situation for the Yankees to avoid falling behind the Paw Sox in the best of five opening round playoff series 0-2…The right hander makes his fourth start of 2012 against Pawtucket in game two on Thursday night…Ortiz went 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA against the Paw Sox during the regular season including 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA (14.0IP / 4ER) in a pair of starts at McCoy Stadium…In a “home” start on August 15th Ortiz outdueled Daisuke Matsuzaka throwing a complete game in the opening game of a double header…His final regular season start came at McCoy on August 31st where he picked up his 13th win of the season allowing 3R (3ER) over 7.0 IP with 6K…Overall Ortiz is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA (20.0 IP / 7ER) in three career starts against the Paw Sox… After beginning his spring in the San Francisco Giants organization, Ortiz signed 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.

TRYING TO BUCK HISTORY…
The Yankees lost the opening game of the first round playoff series for the third time in SWB Yankees franchise history with the 7-4 loss to Pawtucket on Wednesday…The SWB Yankees have 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…The only time in SWB Yankees franchise history that the team lost the first two games of a playoff series was in the ’09 Governors’ Cup Finals falling behind Durham 0-2.  The Bulls completed the sweep over the Yankees with a win in game three.

YARD WORK IN WEDNESDAY’S LOSS…
The Yankees got a pair of homers in the opening game loss to Pawtucket on Wednesday night, one from a probable source and the other from an unlikely one.  Luke Murton homered in his second at bat after getting the call up from Double-A Trenton prior to the start of the playoffs.  Murton hit a career high 25 homers with the Thunder this season. Kevin Russo hit his first homer of the season after not going yard in 402 regular season at bats.

STARTING LINEUPS – Game #2 (* left hander / # switch hitter)

SWB YANKEES (0-1)
#7 Kevin Russo – 3B
#1 Corban Joseph* – 2B
#10 Ronnier Mustelier – LF
#34 Luke Murton – 1B
#51 Melky Mesa – CF
#24 Austin Romine – C
#17 Cole Garner – RF
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
#5 Darnell McDonald – DH
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#35 Ramon Ortiz – RHP

PAWTUCKET RED SOX (1-0)
#34 Jeremy Hazelbaker* – LF
#2 Tony Thomas – 2B
#17 J.C. Linares – CF
#36 Danny Valencia – DH
#7 Andy LaRoche – 1B
#3 Nate Spears* – 3B
#33 Dan Butler – C
#25 Bryce Brentz – RF
#12 Jon Hee – SS
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#35 Chris Hernandez – LHP

UMPIRES: HP Jeff Gosney, 1B Brad Myers, 2B Chad Whitson, 3B Craig Barron (CC)
FORECAST from weather.com: Partly cloudy with temperatures steady in the low 70s. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph

Post Season Game #1 PAW 7 – SWB 4

DATE: September 5, 2012
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SWB Yankees Lose 4-0 Lead, Drop Opening Game of Series to Paw Sox 7-4
Andy LaRoche hurts the Yankees again with double, homer and three RBI’s

Pawtucket, RI – After spotting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 4-0 lead heading to the bottom of the fourth inning, the Pawtucket Red Sox came roaring back scoring seven unanswered runs on route to a 7-4 win in the opening game of first round best of five playoff series from McCoy Stadium on Wednesday night.

Both starting pitchers in the opening game of the playoff series had a very good and a very forgettable start against the opposition earlier in the 2012 season.  Paw Sox starter Zach Stewart was 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA against the Yankees in a pair of starts and SWB right hander John Maine was 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA against the Paw Sox in two starts.

The Yankees scored one run in the second inning and added three more in the third and seemed to have Stewart on the ropes before the bats went quiet.  After four runs on five hits between the second and third, the Yankees got just two hits over the next five innings with the Paw Sox eventually taking the lead.

Cole Garner’s two out RBI double in the top of the second inning gave the Yankees the 1-0 lead off Stewart who extended the inning with a two out walk to Austin Romine before Garner’s gap double to left center scored the Yanks first run.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre extended the lead to 4-0 with a three run third inning off Stewart that included a solo homer from Kevin Russo and a two run homer by Luke Murton, who was making his Yankees debut after joining the team from Double-A Trenton hammered a two run homer over the wall in left center for a 4-0 lead.

Maine could not make the lead stand up as the SWB starter, who recorded his first five outs of the night on strikeouts, allowed a pair of third inning homers to cut the lead to 4-3.  Tony Thomas picked up a one out double and scored on the two run homer by J.C. Linares to make it a 4-2.  Andy LaRoche cut the lead to one with a solo homer.

The Paw Sox took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning with another big hit from LaRoche.  With one out and no one on, Thomas started up the rally with his second double of the night.  Lineras reached on a walk to put runners at first and second for Danny Valencia, who popped out to second baseman Corban Joseph for the second out of the inning.  With two one and two out, LaRoche cleared the bases with his second RBI hit of the night, a gap double to left center scoring both runs for a 5-4 Paw Sox advantage.

Stewart struggled but managed to get through the fifth inning to pick up the win, allowing four runs on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout.  Maine’s night was done after 4.2 innings allowing seven hits and five runs, all earned.  The Yankees starter walked two and struck out six taking the loss.

The Red Sox got great work from the bullpen, who at one point retired 10 consecutive Yankees hitters.  Alex Wilson retired all six batters he faced and Pedro Beato retired four in a row before allowing back-to-back hits in the top of the ninth inning.  Jose DeLaTorre came on in the ninth and struck out Russo and Joseph as the tying runs at the plate with two runners on the bases.

Bryce Brentz gave the Paw Sox some big insurance runs with a two run homer off reliever Kelvin Perez in the bottom of the eighth.  Perez allowed a leadoff single to Dan Baker before giving up the two run homer that made it 7-4.

The Yankees and Red Sox play game two of their first round Governors’ Cup Playoff series on Thursday night at McCoy Stadium with a 7:05 PM pitch.  Right hander Ramon Ortiz (13-6, 3.45 ERA) will make the start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with left hander Chris Hernandez (1-4, 3.59 ERA) getting the start for Pawtucket.

-SWB YANKEES-

Welcome to the Post Season…

Despite a forecast on Tuesday that called for an 80% chance on rain Wednesday night, the tarp is off the field in Pawtucket for game one of the Governors’ Cup Playoffs between the Yankees and Paw Sox.

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES: Game 1 at Pawtucket

9-5 Notes

YANKEES AND RED SOX…
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Pawtucket meet for the second time in the International League Playoffs since the Yankees moved from Columbus to Moosic following the 2006 season.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat the Red Sox 3-1 in the opening round of the Governors’ Cup Playoffs in 2008 on their way to the International League title…Pawtucket won the 2012 regular season series 9-7 over the Yankees…The teams split in the Yankees home games 4-4, with the Paw Sox taking the season series at Mc Coy Stadium 5-3…Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to NEPA following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 56-40 advantage in head-to-head matchups with Pawtucket. The Yankees have a 25-15 record at PNC Field vs. the Red Sox, are 1-3 in home games played in New York State and finished 3-1 as the “home” team at McCoy Stadium… Over the same stretch SWB is 27-21 as the road team in Pawtucket…All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 203-209 vs. the Paw Sox with a 114-90 record as the home team and an 89-119 mark as the visitors at McCoy Stadium.

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 the team has posted an 11-12 record…In each of the four seasons in the playoffs the Yankees have failed to win, the team 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 the Yankees was 2010 and resulted in an opening round loss to eventual league champion Columbus 3-1.

ADDED TO THE MIX…
Luke Murton has been added to the SWB Yankees playoff roster and will get the start on Wednesday night at first base in the opening game of the series against the Paw Sox.  Murton hit a career high 25 homers and drove in a career best 68 runs with the Double-A Trenton Thunder in the 2012 regular season.  In a career best 126 games, the younger brother of former Major Leaguer Matt Murton hit .249 (116-466)…He was drafted twice by the Yankees first in 2007 and then again in 2009 when he signed as a 19th round selection out of Georgia Tech University.

STARTING LINEUPS (* lefthanded / # switch hitter)

SWB YANKEES (84-60)
#7 Kevin Russo 3B
#1 Corban Joseph* 2B
#10 Ronnier Mustelier LF
#34 Luke Murton 1B
#51 Melky Mesa CF
#44 Austin Romine C
#17 Cole Garner RF
#19 Ramiro Pena SS
#5 Darnell McDonald
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#25 John Maine – RHP

PAWTUCKET RED SOX (79-65)
#34 Jeremy Hazelbaker* DH
#2 Tony Thomas 2B
#17 J.C. Linares RF
#36 Danny Valencia 3B
#7 Andy LaRoche 1B
#33 Dan Butler C
#25 Bryce Brentz RF
#11 Jason Repko CF
#12 Jon Hee SS
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#18 Zach Stewart – RHP

Umpires: HP – Craig Barron (CC), 1B -  Jeff Gosney, 2B – Brad Myers, 3B – Chad Whitson
Forecast from weather.com: Partly cloudy with temperatures slowly falling to near 69F. Winds light and variable

Game #143 SWB 6 – PAW 2

 

DATE: September 2, 2012
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Matt Tracy Wins SWB Debut as Yankees Stop Red Sox 6-2
Fukudome homers and drives in two runs as the Yankees pick up 84th win

Pawtucket, RI – Matt Tracy (WP, 1-0) picked up the win in his SWB Yankees (84-59) and Triple-A debut allowing one run over 5.0 innings and as the Yankees picked up a 6-2 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox (78-65) on Saturday night for the team’s 84th win of the season.

The Yankees got on the board in the top of the first inning off Pawtucket starter Mike Mac Donald with one run and if not for an outstanding play by left fielder Jason Repko.  With the bases loaded on three straight hits to open the game by Kevin Russo, Corban Joseph and Ronnier Mustelier, Kosuke Fukudome hit a drive to left that appeared to be headed for the Pawtucket bullpen.  Repko timed his leap and flipped over the four foot high fence in left field landing in the Red Sox bullpen with ball in glove; robbing Fukudome and the Yankees of a Grand Slam.  Fukudome would get a sacrifice fly as Russo scored for a 1-0 lead.

Tracy and the Yankees would see the tying run score in the bottom half of the second inning to even the score at 1-1.  Pawtucket had the opportunity for a big inning but Tracy was able to pitch out of a second and third with no out jam only allowing the single tally.  Tracy walked the first two hitters of the inning; Andy LaRoche and Bryce Brentz and moved them each up 90 feet on a wild pitch.  After a strikeout of Repko for the first out of the inning, Mike Rivera got home the long run of the inning on a fielder’s choice to shortstop.

Fukudome came up for the second time in the game with two out in the top of the third inning and this time up left no doubt with a monster home run over the auxiliary scoreboard mounted above the Yankees bullpen in right field breaking the 1-1 tie and giving him his second RBI of the night and SWB the 2-1 lead.

MacDonald was finished after the fourth inning allowing two runs to the Yankees on seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts.  Tracy pitched through the fifth inning in his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre debut leaving with a 2-1 advantage.  The southpaw allowed one run on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

The Yankees added a run in the top of the fifth inning without the benefit of base hit in the first inning of relief for Tony Pena Jr.  The right hander hit the first two SWB batters he faced; grazing the jersey of Mustelier and hitting Fukudome in the leg.  A fielder’s choice grounder off the bat of Garner moved Mustelier to third with one out.  He would score on Austin Romine’s sacrifice fly for a 3-1 Yankees lead.

Pawtucket closed the gap to 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning picking up a single run off Yankees reliever Manny Delcarmen, who entered the game replacing Tracy.  Nate Spears knocked in Repko with a single to single to center after he walked with two outs and went first to third on Mike Rivera’s single to left.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre put the game away in the eighth inning with three runs off Paw Sox reliever Alex Wilson who came into the game to start the inning.  Darnell McDonald drew a one out walk and moved to second on a two out walk to Russo.  Corban Joseph slashed a double inside the bag at first base scoring both runners to push the advantage to 5-2.  Mustelier, who extended his hit streak to nine games, singled to right center for the final run of the night scoring Joseph for a 6-2 advantage.

The Yankees and Red Sox conclude the regular season on Monday afternoon with a 1:05 PM first pitch from McCoy Stadium.    Left hander Mike O’Connor (3-6, 3.75 ERA) gets the start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while Pawtucket will counter with righty Steven Wright (0-1, 3.86 ERA).

-SWB YANKEES-

Game #142 PAW 2 – SWB 0

DATE: September 1, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Figueroa Shuts Out Former Mates as Pawtucket wins 2-0
SWB Yankees blanked for 10th time in 2012


Pawtucket, RI –
Former SWB Yankee and Red Baron Nelson Figueroa (WP, 12-5) threw 8.0 scoreless innings and Dan Butler hit two solo home runs  as the Pawtucket Red Sox (78-64) punched their ticket to the International League’s post season with a 2-0 shutout win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday night at McCoy Stadium.

Figueroa who pitched in 17 games and made nine starts with the Yankees earlier this season posting a 7-2 record before getting released on July 19th made his third start against his old team and saved his best for last.  The right hander held SWB to four hits over 8.0 innings and did not allow a Yankees base runner past second base.  He walked one and struck out six on the night.

All the offense the Pawtucket would need came from Butler who led off the Red Sox sixth inning with a homer off the Yankees second pitcher of the night Kelvin Perez (1-2) and then hit his second of the night with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning off SWB reliever Juan Cedeno.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Chase Whitley was making just his second start of the season, filling in for Justin Thomas who was one of six players called up by the New York Yankees on the first day that Major League roster were expanded to 40 players.  Whitley was out standing over his 4.0 innings of work allowing two hits and no runs.  The right hander on a pitch count finished the night with 47 pitches, 30 for strikes.

The Yankees continue the final four game series of 2012 on Sunday night at Mc Coy Stadium against the Pawtucket Red Sox with a 6:05 PM first pitch.  Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for the third game of the four game series.

-SWB YANKEES-

 

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