Melky Mesa hit two homers and drove in three runs in the Yankees 4-3 win over Pawtucket
DATE: August 31, 2012
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Mesa Homers Twice as Yankees Down Pawtucket 4-3
Ramon Ortiz picks up 13th win of the season with seven inning effort
Pawtucket, RI– The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (83-58) claimed the International League North title on Thursday night and then on Friday kept the Pawtucket Red Sox (77-64) from claiming the Wild Card spot with a 4-3 win in the opening game of a four game series at McCoy Stadium. Melky Mesa’s two homers and a solid starting performance from Ramon Ortiz (WP, 13-6) gave the Yankees their 34th come from behind win on the season.
The Red Sox had a “magic number” of two to claim the Wild Card for 2012 and got one half of what it needed a Lehigh Valley loss. They had the other half of the equation in their sites grabbing an early lead off Ortiz. Danny Valencia, who began the season with Rochester and hit a pair of homers early in the year off SWB pitching, hit his third of the year a two run shot with two out to give the Paw Sox a 2-0 advantage. Three of Valencia’s eight homers in 2012 have come off Yankees pitching. The homer scored Tony Thomas who extended the inning with a two out single.
Mesa began to chip away at the Red Sox advantage with the first of his two homers on the night. With one out in the top of the second inning Mesa hammered a Chris Hernandez (LP, 1-4) deep over the wall in centerfield for his eighth of the season and the lead was trimmed to 2-1.
Hernandez settled down and kept the Yankees off the board until the top of the seventh inning when Mesa struck again. Cole Garner led off the inning with a gap double to left center off Hernandez, the first time the Yankees had gotten a runner past first base since the Mesa homer in the third. Mesa, the next hitter, took the Paw Sox left hander deep again, this time over the wall in left center for a two run homer and a 3-2 SWB lead. The Yankees would make it a 4-2 after Pawtucket changed pitchers with Pedro Beato coming into the game and Hernandez departing. Russo walked, went to second on a throwing error by Beato, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.
The Red Sox pulled to within one run in the bottom of the inning on Jason Repko’s RBI triple that scored Nate Spears that cut the score to 4-3. Ortiz got out of the inning and was done for the night tossing 7.0 innings allowing seven hits with three runs, all earned with six strikeouts.
Preston Claiborne (SV, 1) got a slight scare in the bottom of the eight as the Paw Sox had a runner at third with one down. Jeremy Hazelbaker singled with one out in the inning and during the at bat of Ivan DeJesus stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by Austin Romine. Hazelbaker was moving with contact on the one out grounder to third by DeJesus and was tagged out by Russo after he was caught between third and home. Claiborne got Tony Thomas to fly out to left field to end the inning.
The Red Sox got a leadoff single from Valencia in the ninth but could not advance the potential tying run as Claiborne got two pop ups on the infield and then retired Repko on a fly out to center to end the game.
The Yankees continue the final four game series of 2012 on Saturday night at Mc Coy Stadium against the Pawtucket Red Sox with right hander Chase Whitley (9-5, 3.45 ERA) scheduled to make the start. Right hander Nelson Figueroa (11-5, 4.18 ERA) is slated to start for Pawtucket.
SWB Yankees players celebrate the team’s fifth IL North Division title in six seasons following 5-0 win at Lehigh Valley with a non-alcoholic sparkling white grape juice shower
DATE: August 30, 2012
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Maine’s Start and Yankees Four Homers Clinch IL North win 5-0 Win
SWB starter limits Lehigh Valley to three hits in 7.0 shutout innings
Allentown, PA – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (82-57) used the long ball and a stellar effort from starting pitcher John Maine (WP, 8-5) who won his third consecutive start with 7.0 innings of shutout pitching as the Yankees picked up a 5-0 win over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on Thursday night clinching the International League North Division title for the fifth time in six seasons under Manager Dave Miley.
Kevin Russo set the tone in the bottom of the first inning with a triple off the wall in left center field off Iron Pigs starter Mario Hollands (LP, 0-2). One batter later, Eduardo Nunez hit his second homer of the season and the first of four on the night for the Yankees giving SWB a 2-0 lead.
Cole Garner slugged the Yankees second homer of the night and his sixth of the season leading off the bottom of the third with, a solo shot deep to the law section just to the left of the batters eye in center field giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
The Yankees went back-to-back leading off the sixth inning with solo home runs from Ronnier Mustelier and Austin Romine. Mustelier’s 10th of the season a shot to the lawn section in deep left center field. Romine followed up the leadoff homer with his third of the season a low liner over the wall in the left field corner. The back-to-back homers in Thursday were the second pair the Yankees hit on the season with Steve Pearce and Jack Cust the first duo to turn the trick on May 29th against Toledo at Frontier Field in Rochester, New York.
Maine held the Iron Pigs at bay all night allowing just three hits over the 7.0 innings the right hander worked. Andres Blanco’s double to right center in the third inning was the only Lehigh Valley hit that got out of the infield against Maine, who allowed a single to Kyle Hudson to lead off the game in the top of the first inning and Blanco who had a swinging bunt on third base side of the infield in the fifth.
Cory Wade came on for the Yankees in the eighth inning and retired all three batters he faced before turning the ball over to Ryota Igarashi (SV, 11) who pitched a 1-2-3 top of the ninth inning including striking out Jason Pridie to end the game.
The Yankees open up the final four game series of 2012 on Saturday night at Mc Coy Stadium against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Right hander Ramon Ortiz (12-6, 3.44 ERA) will get the start in the opening game of the series for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with left hander Chris Hernandez (1-3, 3.44)
DATE: August 29, 2012
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SWB Yankees Forced to Wait another Day for IL North Title
Lehigh Valley shuts down Yankees bats in 5-2 win
Allentown, PA – Lehigh Valley (73-66) had hit an International League low 79 homers on the season heading into the first game of a two game home series for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (81-58). The Iron Pigs hit a pair of homers off SWB pitching and kept their playoffs hopes alive with a 5-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday night. The Lehigh Valley win keeps Scranton/Wilkes-Barre clinching the International League’s North Division title as their “magic number” remains at one.
Pete Orr’s fourth home run of the season in the top of the second inning got the Iron Pigs on the scoreboard for a 1-0 advantage. Orr lined a shot over the 17 foot high wall on right field off SWB starter Mike O’Connor with one out in the inning.
The Yankees had a quick answer for the Lehigh Valley run in the top half of the inning with two of their own off Pigs starter Scott Elarton (WP, 6-11). SWB picked up a pair of two out runs on an RBI double from Cole Garner that scored Francisco Cervelli all the way from first tying the game at 1-1. Cervelli picked up the first hit of the night for the Yankees on a one out single. Ramiro Pena gave the Yankees the lead with a single to right field scoring Garner ahead of the throw of Nate Schierholtz for a 2-1 SWB lead.
The long ball came into play again for the Iron Pigs in the top of the sixth inning as they grabbed the lead for good at 3-2. O’Connor walked leadoff man Derek Mitchell to open the inning. After a pair of fielder’s choice ground outs Lehigh Valley had Jason Pridie at first base with two out. Manager Dave Miley went to the bullpen replacing O’Connor with right hander Kevin Perez (LP, 1-1). Perez gave up a two run homer to the first batter he faced Cody Overbeck giving the Iron Pigs the lead for good.
O’Connor went from potential winning pitcher to no decision with the two run sixth inning. The left hander went 5.2 innings allowing four hits and two runs (both earned) with one walk and two strikeouts.
Lehigh Valley added two more runs off Perez in the top of the seventh on an RBI singles from Andres Blanco and Schierholtz to push the lead to 5-2. The Schierholtz hit was allowed by Juan Cedeno who allowed one of the two inherited runners left by Perez to score.
The Iron Pigs bullpen turned in 4.0 scoreless innings to keep the Pigs hopes in the IL Wild Card alive. Lehigh Valley trails Pawtucket by 1.5 games with five to play.
The Yankees and Iron Pigs wrap up the two game series Thursday night with a 7:05 PM first pitch. Right hander John Maine (7-5, 5.45 ERA) gets the start for SWB while Lehigh Valley has yet to announce a starting pitcher in the final game of the series.
Dave Miley has been named International League Manager of the Year for the second time in his career
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DATE: August 26, 2012
Dave Miley Named Top Manager in the International League
SWB Yankees skipper also took home the honors after the 2007 season
Moosic, PA – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Manager Dave Miley has been named the 2012 International League Manager of the year. The award is voted upon by International League’s managers, coaches, media and club representatives. This is the second time that Miley has received “Manager of the Year” honors having previously won the award in 2007, his first season with the SWB Yankees.
Despite having to play its entire season without a true home stadium while PNC Field in Moosic, Pennsylvania undergoes a $43.3 million reconstruction project, the Yankees have posted the second best record in the International League at 81-47 and are 12 games over .500 both in “home” games (40-28) and road games (41-29).
“It is really difficult to adequately describe the job Dave Miley has done in the 2012 season,” said New York Yankees Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations Mark Newman. “Dave has met the extraordinary challenge of leading a team playing 144 games on the road with extraordinary success. No one could be more deserving of this award.”
Miley previously won the award after the 2007 season, the first of four consecutive North Division titles for the Yankees. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is poised to win its fifth division title in six years as a Yankees affiliate with a “magic number” of one with six games left in the regular season.
“It has always been about the coaches and players surrounding me,” said Miley. “Just like it has been every year, once again this season, the Yankees have given me great coaches to work with and great players to manage.”
Miley picked up the 1,600th win of his minor league managerial career with a win over the Buffalo Bisons on April 13th and won his 500th game as the Yankees Triple-A Manager on May 12th with a win over the Durham Bulls. In 21 seasons as a minor league manager he has compiled a 1,678 – 1,271 record. He has been the only manager in SWB Yankees history and is seven seasons as the manager of the Yankees top affiliate he is 563-430. Including 2012, Miley has posted a winning record in 19 of his 21 seasons on the bench.
“What Dave has done with his team would be impressive in a normal situation,” said SWB Yankees President and General Manager Rob Crain. “With the challenges he and his staff encountered this year, his efforts have been nothing short of remarkable.”
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as a franchise is now third all-time in the International League with five managers of the year in its 24 year history. Miley leads the SWB skippers with two and is joined by Lee Elia (1992), Marc Bombard (2002) and John Russell (2006) as the other Scranton/Wilkes-Barre managers to take top honors.
DATE: August 27, 2012
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Russo RBI Double Gives Yankees 5-4 Win in 13 Innings over Iron Pigs
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre magic number down to one with victory
Allentown, PA – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (81-57) and Lehigh Valley (73-65) had the top two records in extra inning games in the International League in 2012 with the Iron Pigs posting a 10-2 record and the Yankees a 10-4 record. The Yankees picked up the 5-4 win in 13 innings downing Lehigh Valley and reducing their “magic number” to one for clinching the IL North.
Lehigh Valley got out quickly against Yankees starter Adam Warren picking up four runs in the first inning on five straight one out hits. Cesar Hernandez singled, stole second and went to third on a Nate Schierholtz single. Schierholtz moved into scoring position on a passed ball on SWB catcher Austin Romine. Jason Pridie’s single to right scored both runners giving the Pigs a 2-0 lead. With Pridie at first base, Pete Orr gapped a double to right center field scoring Pridie for a 3-0 lead. Cody Overbeck made it 4-0 with the fifth consecutive hit of the inning; single scoring Orr to run the advantage to 5-0.
That would be all that Lehigh Valley would get off Warren who settled down after the shaky first inning not allowing a run for the rest of the night. The right hander finished with 6.2 innings pitched allowing eight hits and one walk. Warren did not allow a runner past first base after the four run five hit first inning.
The Yankees had plenty of earlier opportunities against Lehigh Valley starter Tom Cochran but did not cash in until the top of the fourth inning scoring two runs off the left hander. SWB picked up a pair of solo homers in the inning to cut the deficit in half. Romine led off the inning with his second of the season over the wall in right field to make it 4-1. One batter later, Melky Mesa took Cochran over the wall in left center for his seventh of the season to give SWB their second run of the night.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre would get one more run off the left hander before he departed after the fifth inning. A leadoff walk to Kevin Russo and an error by third baseman Pete Orr allowed Eduardo Nunez to reach and Russo to take third as Orr deflected the ball into shallow left. Ronnier Mustelier’s base hit to left scored Russo to get the Yankees to within one run at 4-3.
Cole Garner’s infield single tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh inning off reliever Michael Cisco. With two out and runners on the corners, Garner hit a swinging bunt up the line at third base that Orr could do nothing with and scored Mustelier with the tying run from third.
The teams played scoreless until the top of the 13th when the Yankees pushed across a run to Darnell McDonald led the inning off Pigs right hander Tyson Brummett (LP, 4-5) with a single to right and moved to second on Ramiro Pena’s sacrifice bunt. Russo got the go ahead run home from second base with a gap double to right center scoring McDonald and giving the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
Preston Claiborne (WP, 4-0) pitched 2.0 scoreless to pick up the win with Chase Whitley (SV, 1) setting down the Iron Pigs 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 13th for his first save of the season.
Pawtucket defeated Gwinnett on Monday night 3-1 to stave off elimination. The Paw Sox and Gwinnett will play Tuesday afternoon at 2:05 PM in Lawrenceville, Georgia and with a Braves win over Pawtucket can clinch the IL North on Tuesday without playing a game.
The Yankees and Iron Pigs have a day off on Tuesday before Scranton/Wilkes-Barre becomes the home team in a two game series at Coca-Cola Park beginning Wednesday night at 7:05 PM. Left hander Mike O’Connor (3-6, 3.78 ERA) gets the start for SWB while Lehigh Valley starts right hander Tyler Cloyd (12-1, 2.27 ERA).
DATE: August 26, 2012
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Thomas’ Strong Start and Laird’s Two RBI Single Lead SWB to Victory
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre picks up come from behind 6-2 win at Lehigh Valley
Allentown, PA – Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (80-57) starter Justin Thomas (WP, 2-1) turned in his longest outing since the 2008 season and Brandon Laird’s two RBI single in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the game winner as the Yankees came from behind to beat Lehigh Valley (73-64) by a 6-2 score to pick up their 80th win in a season for the fifth time in six seasons under Manager Dave Miley.
Laird’s two RBI single with two outs in the top of the seventh inning capped a two run rally as the Yankees overcame a 2-1 deficit and made a winner of Thomas for the first time since he became a full time starter on August 6th. It was the left hander’s second win of the season for SWB and his first since June 15th. Laird’s single to center on a 0-2 pitch from Lehigh Valley reliever J.C. Ramirez (LP, 3-2) scored Corban Joseph who led off the seventh with a walk and Ronnier Mustelier who followed with a one out single, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Francisco Cervelli’s slow roller to first base moved Joseph to third and Mustelier to second to set up Laird’s go ahead single.
Thomas, who last pitched seven innings in a Double-A game on July 8, 2008 for the Double-A West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, set his season high in innings and in pitches, throwing 88 on the afternoon, surpassing his previous high of 5.1 innings and 86 pitches in his last outing on August 21st at Buffalo. The southpaw allowed just three hits to the Iron Pigs with one walk and five strikeouts and none after a bunt single by Pete Orr in the fifth inning.
The Yankees scored first off Lehigh Valley starter Jonathan Pettibone in the top of the second inning on the first of two RBI’s on the day by Kosuke Fukudome. Fukudome’s two out RBI single scored Mustelier who doubled to right to lead off the second and went to third on Melky Mesa’s fly ball to right field.
The Iron Pigs took a 2-1 lead scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth off Thomas to grab a one run advantage. Hector Luna’s solo homer with two out in the fourth landed in the Lehigh Valley bullpen beyond the wall in left and tied the game at 1-1. The Pigs grabbed a one run lead in the fifth inning on Andres Blanco’s sacrifice fly to right that scored Cory Overbeck. Overbeck drew a leadoff walk and moved to second base on Orr’s bunt single. John Suomi’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third setting up the Blanco RBI.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre broke the game open with a three run ninth inning off Iron Pig reliever Jake Diekman to run the score to 6-2. Following a leadoff walk by Mustelier, Cervelli took his place at first reaching on a fielder’s choice. Laird’s second single of the afternoon moved Cervelli to second and both came home on Mesa’s two RBI triple to left, a sinking line drive that eluded Michael Spidale’s attempt at a sliding catch. With a 5-2 lead and the infield in, Fukudome picked up his second RBI of the day with a double to right inside the bag at first scoring Mesa for a 6-2 Yankees advantage.
Cory Wade (SV, 5) pitched 2.0 innings of shutout baseball allowing a one out single in the eighth before retiring the final five batters he faced to record the save.
Pawtucket moved ahead of Lehigh Valley win a 5-4 come from behind win at Charlotte so the Yankees “magic number” to clinch the IL’s North Division title sits at two games with six games to play. With a win at Lehigh Valley on Monday and a Gwinnett win over Pawtucket, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will clinch its fifth division title in the last six seasons.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continues the three game series at Lehigh Valley Monday night at 7:05 PM. The Yankees send right hander Adam Warren (7-8, 3.64 ERA) to the mound for the game three start with the Iron Pigs countering with left hander Tom Cochran (8-5, 4.18) ERA
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DATE: August 26, 2012
Darren London Named International League “Trainer of the Year”
Award voted on by peer’s honors excellence and dedication to athletic training
Moosic, PA –Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Athletic Trainer Darren London has been named the 2012 International League Trainer of the Year. The award is presented by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), which consists of athletic trainers throughout both major and minor league baseball.
For the twenty first consecutive year the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), is honoring members of the organization for their dedication to athletic training, professional baseball and PBATS.
“I am grateful to be recognized by my peers in the International League and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society for the work that I have done this season,” said London. “To earn this honor for a second time in my career is very special.”
London is in his 24th consecutive season in the Yankees organization and his 20th at the Triple-A level. He began his career in 1989 with Single-A Prince William where he work for two seasons, before moving to Single-A Ft. Lauderdale in 1991 and Double-A Albany in 1992. London has been at the Triple-A level with the Yankees since 1993. He is a graduate of the University of Maine where he earned a BS in physical education with a coaching minor.
“I’ve worked with Darren London since joining the Yankees organization in 2006,” said SWB Yankees Manager Dave Miley. “He not only does a great job with our injured players but makes sure through treatment and prevention that they stay healthy and on the field.”
The award is the second in London’s career, having been a previous winner in 2006 while the Yankees top affiliate was in Columbus, Ohio. He becomes the third “Trainer of the Year” recipient in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise history joining the inaugural award winner Barney Nugent in 1992 and Craig Strobel in 1996.
“We’re very happy for Darren for his much deserved honor as 2012 International League Trainer of the Year,” said SWB Yankees President and General Manager Rob Crain. “This award continues to show the New York Yankees commitment to their Minor League system and affiliates and we’re proud to be associated with that.”
DATE: August 25, 2012
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Yankees Nine Game Win Streak History with 9-5 Loss to Pigs
SWB jumps out to 4-1 lead but can’t hang on as Lehigh Valley picks up the win
Allentown, PA – Lehigh Valley (73-63) overcame a 4-1 deficit and snapped the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (79-57) season high nine game winning streak with a come from behind 9-5 win in the opening game of five consecutive games between the top two teams in the International League North. The Yankees “magic number” to clinch the IL North Division crown remains at four with the loss to the Iron Pigs.
For the second consecutive night the Yankees opened up the game with a productive first inning. The Yankees picked up four runs on five hits on Friday in Buffalo and scored two runs on two hits against the Iron Pigs on Saturday night. Chris Dickerson doubled to open the game off left hander Mario Hollands and went to third on a single by Corban Joseph. Eduardo Nunez gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead on an infield single in the hole at second base. Two batters later with one down in the frame, Brandon Laird’s bloop single to right scored Joseph for a 2-0 lead.
Ramon Ortiz (LP, 12-6), ended up with his shortest start of the season since his first appearance with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on April 10th: a game that was initially suspended after the fourth inning due to rain. The Iron Pigs picked up seven runs off Ortiz in 4.1 innings on eight hits. He matched a season high with four walks and ended his night with five strikeouts. Lehigh Valley got its first run of the night home in the bottom of the first inning on a bases loaded walk to Steve Susdorf to cut the SWB lead to 2-1.
The Yankees shook off the Lehigh Valley run in the first by adding two more in the top of the second inning on RBI hits from Ronnier Mustelier and Austin Romine. Mustelier’s single scored Dickerson who picked up a one out walk and went first to third on the second hit of the night from Nunez. Romine’s single scored Nunez who moved to second on the Mustelier single moving the advantage to 4-1.
Lehigh Valley took the lead for the first time with four runs in the third against Ortiz. The rally began with two out on back-to-back singles from Jason Pridie and Susdorf. With two on and two out, Cody Overbeck picked up the first of his three RBI’s on the night with a single to left scoring Pridie to cut the SWB lead in half at 4-2. Derrick Mitchell, the next Lehigh Valley hitter took Ortiz deep to left for a three run shot and a 5-4 lead. The homer was the 17th allowed by the Yankees starter, the most of any SWB pitcher.
The Iron Pigs weren’t done with Ortiz adding two more runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning before the SWB start was chased with one down in the inning. Pete Orr led off the inning with a double to right and after a one out walk to Susdorf, the fourth by Ortiz; Overbeck drove both runners home with a gap double to right center field for his second and third RBI’s of the night and a 7-4 lead.
The lead grew to 9-4 with a pair of Lehigh Valley runs off SWB reliever Kelvin Perez in the bottom of the seventh. Back-to-back singles by Michael Spidale and Susdorf opened the inning and a walk to Overbeck loaded the bases. Perez was lifted in favor of Chase Whitley who can in out of the Yankees pen and gave up two runs, both Perez’s on a pair of sacrifice flies by Mitchell and Sebastian Valle to run the lead to five.
The Yankees picked up a run in the top of the ninth inning on a sac fly hit by Austin Romine to close out the scoring at 9-5.
Juan Morillo (WP, 1-0) picked up the win in relief of Pigs starter Mario Hollands who was lifted after 4.0 innings of work. Morillo turned in 2.0 scoreless innings picking up his first win of the season.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continues the three game series at Lehigh Valley Sunday afternoon at 1:35 PM. The Yankees send left hander Justin Thomas (1-1, 3.56 ERA) to the mound for the game two start with the Iron Pigs countering with right hander Jonathan Pettibone (4-0, 1.69) ERA
DATE: August 24, 2012
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Quick Start for Yankees Propels Team to Ninth Consecutive Win
Four run first inning helps Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to 6-4 victory over Buffalo
Buffalo, NY – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (79-56) finished the regular season series with the Buffalo Bisons (62-72) by winning the final seven games between the two teams capping off the season series with a 6-4 win at Coca-Cola Field on Friday night. The Yankees won the season series by taking 11 of 16 games with the Bisons and won their ninth straight game for the teams longest win streak since the 2008 season.
The Yankees jumped on Bisons starter Jeurys Familia (LP, 8-9) with four runs in the first inning and one more in the second inning pounding out 10 hits on route to a 5-0 lead. After Chris Dickerson led off the first with a single, Corban Joseph launched his 13th homer of the season deep over the wall in right and the Yankees grabbed a 2-0 lead. After Eduardo Nunez doubled and Ronnier Mustelier singled Nunez to third, the first of two Familia wild pitches during the at bat with Brandon Laird moved Mustelier to second. The second wild pitch of the inning scored Nunez from third and moved Mustelier from second to third and SWB led 3-0. Laird’s grounder to shortstop with the infield back scored Mustelier for a 4-0 lead. Joseph was back at it again in the second inning increasing the Yankees lead to 5-0 with his third RBI of the night. His RBI double over the bag at first scored Dickerson who led off the second inning with a single.
The Bisons picked up two unearned runs off SWB starter John Maine (WP, 7-5) in the bottom of the third inning. Fred Lewis picked up a one out single to left field for his second hit of the night. He moved to second base on a wild pitch and scored the first run for the Bisons when Maine threw away Lucas Duda’s potential inning ending ground ball back to the mound. Duda advanced to second base on Maine’s over throw and scored on Valentino Pascucci’s RBI double to the right field corner to make it a 5-2 game.
Maine pitched through the sixth inning, allowing two unearned runs on five hits with two walks, five strikeouts, a hit batsman and three wild pitches… His counterpart Familia also pitched 6.0 innings on the night but allowed five runs, all earned on 10 Yankees hits. The right hander did not walk anyone and finished his night with seven strikeouts, a hit batsman and two wild pitches.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre added an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning putting together a rally against reliever Elvin Ramirez with two out. Fukudome worked a two out walk and scored from first base on a gap double to left center field by Darnell McDonald to stretch the lead to 6-2.
The Bisons added a single run in the eighth inning off reliever Preston Claiborne picking up an unearned run off the right hander to make it a 6-3 score. Pascucci led off the inning with a walk and moved to second base on Matt Tuiasosopo’s single to left. A fielder’s choice moved Pascucci to third with two down. The third run of the night for Buffalo scored on the 14th passed ball of the season charged to SWB catcher Francisco Cervelli.
Ryota Igarashi (SV, 10) followed up Claiborne’s scoreless 2.0 innings with a shaky start to the ninth walking the first two batters he faced. With Mike Nickeas at second and Lewis at first, Josh Satin closed the gap to 6-4 with an RBI double to the right field corner putting the tying run at second base with no outs. The closer got tough and struck out the next three hitters he faced to close out the game with his 10th save of the season.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre opens five straight games in Allentown against Lehigh Valley with a three game road series beginning on Saturday night at 6:35 PM. The Yankees will open the series with right hander Ramon Ortiz (12-5, 3.13 ERA) on the mound. The Iron Pigs are scheduled to start lefty Mario Hollands (0-1, 12.00) ERA
Manager Dave Miley has led the Yankees to a 78-56 record in 2012 and is 560-429 in seven seasons as the Yankees Triple-A Manager
FOUR WINS FROM 1800….
With four more wins in the regular season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as a franchise will pick up win number 1,800 as a franchise. Since 2007 as a Yankees affiliate the franchise has posted a 491-356 record (.578) counting the 78-56 record in 2012. As the Red Barons the franchise went 1305-1268 (.507) from 1989-2006. Overall the franchise is 1796-1624 (.525) in 24 seasons of baseball.
CLOSING IN ON FIVE DIVISON TITLES IN SIX YEARS…
With 10 games left in the regular season, the Yankees “magic number” to clinch the International League North sits at five. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has a 6.5 game lead over Pawtucket in the division and any combination of five Yankees wins and Paw Sox losses and the SWB will claim another divison crown. It would be the fifth under manager Dave Miley since 2007 and for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as a frnachise it would be the ninth in the history of the franchise (1992, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010).
CLOSER THAN THE RECORD APPEARS…
Friday night is the final game of the regular season against the Buffalo Bisons for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who look to close out the regular season with an 11-5 record against their IL North foes. The Yankees have won six in a row over Buffalo since dropping a pair of games at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse prior to the All-Star break. Since the Yankees first year in Moosic (2007), SWB has never lost a season series to the Bisons winning four (2008/ 10-6, 2009 / 10-6, 2011 / 10-6 & 2012 / currently 10-5 with one to play) and tying twice (2007 & 2010 / 8-8). Despite the dominance record wise, the Yankees have only outscored the Bisons by a total of three runs at 76-73 in head to head matchups.
Melky Mesa doubled and homered on Thursday night to extend his hit streak to a season high nine games…He still has an also eight game hit streak intact with Double-A Trenton where he hit safely in his final eight games with the Thunder from July 24th – August 1st before getting his first promotion to Triple-A…Over his current nine game run with SWB Mesa is hitting .378 (14-37), with 8R, 4 2B, 4HR, 10RBI, BB, and 14K. He has raised his average from .160 to .253 during his current streak.
The Yankees extended their season best win streak to eight games with another come from behind extra inning win on Thursday night in Buffalo picking up a 4-3 win in 11 innings. The eight game streak is Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s longest win streak in 2012 and matches the Yankees eight game streak from August 18-27, 2010…The next streak on SWB’s radar is the 10 game winning streak put together by the 2008 team from July 10-22. The Yankees won the last four before the All-Star break and the first six after the break in their Governors’ Cup winning season…The longest winning streak in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise history was set by the 2009 Yankees squad who won 11 in a row to open the season from April 9–19.
SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES (Game #135 – Road #67) at Buffalo
STARTING LINEUPS (* Left Hander / #Switch Hitter)
SWB YANKEES (78-56)
#24 Chris Dickerson* LF
#1 Corban Joseph* 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez SS
#10 Ronnier Mustelier DH
#8 Brandon Laird 3B
#3 Francisco Cervelli C
#51 Melky Mesa CF
#21 Kosuke Fukudome* 1B
#5 Darnell McDonald RF
#25 John Maine – RHP
BUFFALO BISONS (62-71)
#33 Fred Lewis* RF
#2 Josh Satin 2B
#45 Lucas Duda* LF
#17 Valentino Pascucci DH
#22 Matt den Dekker* CF
#7 Matt Tuiasosopo 3B
#24 Adam Loewen* 1B
#4 Josh Rodriguez SS
#16 Mike Nickeas C
#28 Jeurys Familia – RHP
Umpires: HP – Will Little, 1B – Craig Barron (CC), 3B – Jon Byrne
Forecast from weather.com: Mainly clear skies. Low near 65F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.