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Game # 134 SWB 4 – BUF 3 (11 Innings)

Melky Mesa extended his hit streak to a season high nine games and hit the game winning homer leading off the top of the 11th in the Yankees 4-3, 11 inning win over Buffalo on Thursday night

DATE: August 23, 2012
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Mesa the Hero with 11th Inning Homer for SWB’s Eighth Straight Win
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre picks up 4-3 win and has “Magic Number” reduced to five

Buffalo, NY – Melky Mesa led off the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (78-56) 11th inning with his sixth homer of the season taking Buffalo Bisons (62-71) C.J. Nitkowski (LP, 0-1) over the wall in right center field for the winning margin as the Yankees downed the Bisons 4-3 in 11 innings for their second consecutive extra innings win.  The win, the eighth straight for the Yankees, is the team’s longest winning streak since SWB won eight straight from August 18-27, 2010.

Fred Lewis led off the game for the Bisons with a double off the wall in left center for a two base hit on the first pitch of the game thrown by starter Mike O’Connor.  Brad Emaus followed up the double with a single to center field scoring Lewis for a 1-0 Bisons lead.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third inning on the first of the three RBI’s of the night by Corban Joseph.  Chris Dickerson doubled to the gap in right center off Bisons starter Armando Rodriguez and came home on Joseph’s RBI single to right tying the game up.

Buffalo scored the next two runs off O’Connor picking up a single run in the fourth inning and another single run in the sixth.  Zach Lutz drew a leadoff walk to open the fourth inning and was forced out at second base on Josh Satin’s pop up that was initially lost in the lights at first base by Kosuke Fukudome.  After the ball dropped on the infield, Fukudome alertly threw to second forcing Lutz for the first out of the inning.  Matt Tuiasosopo singled Satin to second base and during the at bat to Josh Rodriguez both runners moved up on an O’Connor wild pitch.  Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly to center gave the Bisons a 2-1 lead.  Tuiasosopo gave Buffalo a two run cushion at 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two out solo homer over the wall in centerfield.

O’Connor’s night was finished after 6.0 innings allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts.  The Buffalo starter Rodriguez who was called up from Double-A Binghamton earlier in the day, made his Triple-A debut in place of schedule starter Collin McHugh who had been called up to New York to start for the Mets.  Rodriguez lasted 4.1 innings allowing one run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tied the game in the top of the seventh with a two out, two run rally off Buffalo reliever Garrett Olson.  With two out, Pena singled to left to start the rally and moved to third on Dickerson’s double into the right field corner.  With second and third and two out Joseph lined a single over the head of Rodriguez at short at out into left center scoring both runners and tying the game at 3-3.

The game stayed tied at 3-3 until the top of the 11th inning when Mesa launched his sixth homer of the season over the wall in right centerfield off Nitkowski.  Mesa had earlier extended his season best hit streak to nine games with a fourth inning double.

Cory Wade (WP, 2-0) worked 2.0 scoreless innings to pick up the win as the Yankees reduced their “magic number” to clinch the IL North to five with the win over Buffalo and Pawtucket’s loss to Charlotte.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre concludes five straight games in Buffalo with the final game of a three game road series on Thursday night with a 7:05 PM first pitch from Coca-Cola Field.  Right hander John Maine (5-6, 5.94 ERA) makes the start for the Yankees.  Buffalo will counter with right hander Jeurys Familia (8-8, 4.65 ERA)

-SWB YANKEES-

Going for Eight in a Row

Eduardo Nunez has seven stolen bases in his last three games

SEVEN UP…
The Yankees extended their season best win streak to seven games with Wednesday’s 2-1, 12 inning win over Buffalo.  The seven game streak is Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s longest win streak since an eight game run from August 18-27, 2010…The longest winning streak in SWB franchise history was set by the 2009 Yankees squad who won 11 in a row from 4/9 – 4/19.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN…
Eduardo Nunez has been running wild in the first three games of the five consecutive against the Bisons with seven stolen bases.  Nunez set a SWB season high with three steals on Monday night and added two more on Wednesday afternoon. Nunez helped the Yankees “steal” a win on Thursday night, leading off the top of the 12th with a single before stealing second and third and then scoring the winning run on a sacrifice fly.  He is seven for eight in the three games against the Bisons and is 14 of 17 in stolen bases with SWB on the season. Nunez stole a career high 23 bases with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2010 in 28 attempts.

SWB YANKEES GAME NOTES  – Game #134 – Road #66

8-23 Notes

STARTING LINEUPS (*left hander / # switch hitter)

SWB YANKEES (77-56)
#24 Chris Dickerson* – RF
#1 Corban Joseph* – 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez – SS
#8 Brandon Laird – DH
#21 Kosuke Fukudome* – 1B
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#51 Melky Mesa – CF
#7 Kevin Russo – LF
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
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#45 Mike O’Connor – LHP

BUFFALO BISONS (62-70)
#33 Fred Lewis* – LF
#29 Brad Emaus – 2B
#45 Lucas Duda* – DH
#3 Zach Lutz – 3B
#2 Josh Satin – 1B
#7 Matt Tuiasosopo -RF
#4 Josh Rodriguez – SS
#22 Matt den Dekker* – CF
#26 Lucas May – C
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#62 Armando Rodriguez – RHP

Umpires: Jon Byrne – HP, Will Little – 1B, Craig Barron (cc) – 3B
Forcast from wunderground.com: Clear. Low of 55F. Winds less than 5 mph.

Game #133 SWB 2 – BUF 1 (12 Innings)

 

DATE: August 22, 2012
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Yankees Work Extra to Pick up Seventh Straight Win
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre needs 12 innings to down Buffalo, 2-1  

Buffalo, NY – Francisco Cervelli’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th inning was the difference as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre picked up their seventh straight win and moved five and a half games ahead of idle Pawtucket in the International League North with a 2-1, 12 inning win over Buffalo on Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Field.

The Yankees picked up their first run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Chris Dickerson RBI single to left field.  Kevin Russo led off the inning with a flare to right just out of the reach of second baseman Brad Eamus.  Russo was running on a 1-2 pitch and made it safely into second base on the Ramiro Pena ground out.  Russo scored from second without a throw for Dickerson’s 25th RBI of the season and a 1-0 Yankees.

Adam Warren pitched scoreless baseball through the fifth inning allowing just two hits to Buffalo during his start.  The right hander walked one and struck out four, giving him a team high 101 on the season.

Buffalo tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning at 1-1 picking up a run off Yankees reliever Chase Whitley.  The right hander walked the leadoff man Adam Loewen to put the tying run on base.  With Loewen at first and none out, Josh Satin moved Loewen to third with a base hit to right field.  With runners on the corners Matt den Dekker’s ground out deep in the hole at second base scored Loewen from third to tie the game.

Bisons starter Jenrry Mejia tossed 6.0 innings allowing seven hits and one run, allowing one walk with six strikeouts.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had a great opportunity in the top of the 10th inning after Bison reliever C.J. Nitkowski walked Dickerson and Corban to open the inning but the Yankees could not get the go ahead run home.  Eduardo Nunez popped out to shortstop, and both Brandon Laird and Kosuke Fukudome flew out to right field as the game stayed tied 1-1.

Both the Yankees and Bisons had chances in extra innings before the Yankees grabbed the lead in the top of the 12th inning.  SWB put runners at first and second with none down in the 10th but could not score.  Buffalo had second and third with none down against Ryota Igarashi (WP, 3-2) and failed to score in the bottom of the 11th as the right hander pitched himself out of a mess with a pair of strikeouts and a fielder’s choice.

The Yankees got the winning run home in the 12th inning with the bat and legs of Nunez.  Nunez led off the inning with a single to left and then stole second and third base off Bisons reliever Fernando Cabrera (LP, 4-5).  With one out, Buffalo elected to walk Fukudome to set up a potential inning ending double play.  Instead of a ground ball, the Yankees got a fly ball from Francisco Cervelli for a sacrifice fly scoring Nunez for a 2-1 lead.

Igarashi set down the Bisons 1, 2, 3 in the bottom of the 12th to secure the Yankees seventh consecutive win.  The victory also knocked Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s “magic number” to clinch the IL North down to seven.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continues five straight games in Buffalo with the second game of a three game road series on Thursday night with a 7:05 PM first pitch from Coca-Cola Field.  Left hander Mike O’Connor (3-6, 3.73 ERA) makes the start for the Yankees.  Buffalo has not announced a starter for Thursday’s game.

 

-SWB YANKEES-

Game #132 SWB 4 – BUF 2

 

DATE: August 21, 2012
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Yankees Come from Behind for 30th Time in 2012 to Win
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre sweeps two game “home” series with Buffalo with 4-2 victory

Buffalo, NY – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (76-56) used a three run sixth inning for a 4-2 come from behind victory over the Buffalo Bisons (62-69) Wednesday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field.  With the Yankees 30th come from behind win on the season, SWB reduced its “magic number” to clinch the International League North division to eight with 13 games left in the regular season.

The Bisons grabbed the early lead for the second straight game over the Yankees picking up two runs in the top half of the second inning.  Following a leadoff walk to Zach Lutz, Josh Satin popped a shallow fly out to right field that hit off the glove of Kosuke Fukudome and dropped to the turf.  Centerfielder Chris Dickerson picked up the loose ball and threw wildly to second base allowing Lutz to reach safely.  Matt Tuiasosopo singled to left to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead.  Satin advanced to third on the hit and would score on a sacrifice fly to give the Bisons a 2-0 advantage.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was held without a hit until the fourth inning by Buffalo starter Zach Wheeler (LP, 0-2) who retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced.  Wheeler’s second walk of the afternoon led off the fourth with Corban Joseph reaching on the free pass.  Joseph moved to third on a base hit by Eduardo Nunez, who had his second consecutive three hit game, and scored the Yankees first run on Brandon Laird’s sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 2-1.

Yankees starter Justin Thomas kept the Bison off the board the rest of the way pitching into the sixth inning before getting lifted for reliever Preston Claiborne (WP, 3-0).  Thomas threw a season high 5.1 innings on a season high 86 pitches, allowing four hits with two walks and four strikeouts.  The lefthander allowed two runs, one earned in a no decision.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took the lead in the sixth inning scoring three off Wheeler to take a 4-2 lead.  Dickerson doubled and scored on Joseph’s RBI single to right field tying the game at 2-2.  Joseph went to second on the throw home and reached safely shortstop Oswaldo Navarro was charged with an error for muffing the throw.  An infield single by Nunez put runners at second and third for Laird who gave the Yankees the lead with an RBI ground out to third.  Fukudome added an insurance run with a single to right that scored Nunez from second base.

Claiborne, who walked the first batter that he faced after taking over from Thomas retired the next five hitters he faced with a pair of strikeouts to pick up his third win of the season.

Cory Wade (SV, 4) allowed a two out single in the eighth and after walking the leadoff man in the ninth allowed a one out single to pinch hitter Adam Loewen to bring the go ahead run to the plate with one out.  After a fly out for the second out of the inning, Wade struck out Lucas May to end the game.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continues five straight games in Buffalo with the opening game of a three game road series on Wednesday night with a 7:05 PM first pitch from Coca-Cola Field.  Right hander Adam Warren (7-8, 3.77 ERA) makes the start for the Yankees with right hander Jenrry Mejia (3-2, 2.75 ERA) getting the start for the Bisons.

-SWB YANKEES-

Game #131 SWB 7 – BUF 5

 

DATE: August 20, 2012
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Yankees Win Fifth Straight with 7-5 Win over Buffalo
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre “magic number” down to nine with win and Pawtucket loss

Buffalo, NY – Ramon Ortiz (WP, 12-5) picked up his 12th win of the season and Brandon Laird and Eduardo Nunez each drove home two runs as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won its fifth consecutive game beat the Buffalo Bisons 7-5 in the opening game of a two game “home” series for the Yankees and the first of five straight games against Buffalo.

Buffalo struck first in the top of the second inning off Ortiz with a two run homer from Matt Tuiasosopo.  With two out and no one on, Josh Satin extended the inning for Tuiasosopo who took an Ortiz offering over the wall in left center for a 2-0 Bisons lead.

The Yankees would chip away against Buffalo Chris Schwinden (LP, 7-9), who was a Yankee for a day, making a July 1st start for SWB at Frontier Field against Rochester. Mesa extended his hit streak to seven with his fifth homer of the season, a two-out blast off the batter’s eye in centerfield. Laird tied the game at 2-2 with a leadoff homer off Schwinden to open the fourth.   Laird’s 15th homer of the season knocked in his 70th run of the year on the line drive over the wall in deep left center.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre grabbed a 4-2 lead in the fifth on back-to-back two out RBI singles from Eduardo Nunez and Laird.  Schwinden’s night was done after the fifth inning but the Yankees were not done scoring.  Chris Dickerson and Nunez added RBI’s in the bottom of the sixth inning off reliever C.J. Nitkowski to run the score to 6-2.  Dickerson got a run home on a bases loaded fielder’s choice before Nunez added his second RBI of the night with a two out single to left.

Austin Romine added his fourth RBI of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning to close out the scoring for the Yankees off reliever Garrett Olson, the fourth Bison pitcher of the night. The hit scored Nunez who picked up a one out walk and stole his third base of the night to get into scoring position.

Buffalo added one run in the seventh inning, the last inning for Ortiz on a double by Adam Loewen and following a passed ball a sacrifice fly from Satin.  The Bisons scored two in the ninth on a wild pitch from Ryota Igarashi (SV, 9) and an infield single from Matt den Dekker but could get no closer than 7-5.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continues five straight games in Buffalo with the second game of a two day “home” series Tuesday afternoon with a 1:05 PM first pitch from Coca-Cola Field.  Left hander Justin Thomas (1-1, 3.75 ERA) makes the start for the Yankees with right hander Zack Wheeler (0-1, 4.60 ERA) getting the start for the Bisons.

-SWB YANKEES-

 

Game #130 SWB 6 – ROC 0

DATE: August 19, 2012
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Yankees Blank Red Wings 6-0 in SWB’s Regular Season Finale at Frontier Field
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre finishes at 26-20 in regular season games in Rochester

Rochester, NY – Corban Joseph drove home a season high four runs with a pair of two RBI singles and starter John Maine picked up the win with six shutout innings as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees shutout the Rochester Red Wings 6-0 in the series finale between the two teams at Frontier Field.

P.J. Walters got the start for the Red Wings making his sixth rehab start for the Minnesota Twins since getting placed on the DL on June 14th.  The right hander looked good in his three innings striking out six Yankees and not allowing a run.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s fortunes changed in the fourth inning with the new Rochester pitcher Jeff Manship entering the game.  The Yankees picked up six runs off the right hander in his two and 1/3 innings of work before he was taken out of the game in the top of the sixth inning.

Joseph continued his tear in the two game series picking up a season high four RBI’s on a pair of two RBI singles.  The first came in the fourth inning with SWB up 1-0 on Melky Mesa’s RBI double that scored Francisco Cervelli, who led the inning off with a walk.  With one out and the bases loaded, Joseph singled through the right side of the infield scoring Mesa and Kosuke Fukudome for a 3-0 Yankees lead.

Manship settled down and set the side down in order in the fifth inning before running into trouble again in the sixth.  The Yankees loaded the bases with one out on three straight Manship walks and set up Joseph for another RBI opportunity.  The SWB second baseman came through again with his second two run single, this time to centerfield scoring Fukudome and Ramiro Pena for a 5-0 lead.  Darnell McDonald who had gone first to third on the Joseph hit scored on a sacrifice fly from Eduardo Nunez to push the lead to 6-0.

While Manship struggled, Maine excelled.  The right hander who had allowed 18 earned runs over his first three starts in August blanked the Red Wings over six innings and picked up the win to improve to 6-5 on the year.  Maine allowed four hits with two walks and a hit batsman while striking out six on the night.

The Yankees got great bullpen work again as Lee Hyde (one inning) and Chase Whitley (two innings) followed up Maine’s start to shut down the Red Wings the rest of the way for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s ninth shutout win of the season.  SWB’s “Magic Number” to clinch the IL North Division title for the fifth time in the last six seasons was reduced to 11 with the win.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre opens up five straight days in Buffalo with a two game “home” series that starts on Monday night with a 7:05 PM first pitch from Coca-Cola Field.  Right hander Ramon Ortiz (11-5, 3.16 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees with right hander Chris Schwinden (7-8, 2.99 ERA) getting the start for the Bisons.

Game #129 SWB 10 – ROC 3

Mike O’Connor struck out a season high nine picking up his third win of the season over Rochester on Saturday

DATE: August 18, 2012
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The Yankees Come Out Hitting in 10-3 Win over Rochester
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bangs out season high 20 hits and move 17 games over .500

Rochester, NY – The last time the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees faced Rochester Red Wings starter Shairon Martis, the right hander was tough on the Yankees allowing just two runs over seven innings.  Saturday night was a different story as SWB picked up six runs in two and 1/3 innings off the Rochester starter on route to a 10-3 in the opening game of the two game series at Frontier Field.

The Yankees banged out a season high 20 hits as every starter had at least one hit and eight of the nine starters had multiple hits in the victory.

Darnell McDonald led off the top of the first inning with a walk and went first to third on the first of three hits by Corban Joseph and scored on Brandon Laird’s RBI single to centerfield to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre would add runs in each of the next three innings against the Wings picking up three runs in the second and the third and one more in the fourth to jump out to an 8-0 lead.  Joseph hit a three run homer in the second, his 12th of the season for a 4-0 lead.  Francisco Cervelli and Melky Mesa drove home runs in the fourth as Martis was done with one out in the third.  Kosuke Fukudome added a third inning RBI single off Wings reliever Bobby Lanigan to push the lead to 7-0.

Cervelli added his second RBI of the night on his second sacrifice fly, also coming off Lanigan as the SWB lead grew to 8-0 heading to the fifth.

The Red Wings picked up three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning which was the final inning of the night for Yankees starter Mike O’Connor.  Tsuyoshi Nishioka hit his second homer of the season, a two run shot with two out, into the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bullpen in left. After a walk to Brian Dinkleman and a single by Chris Parmelee, Wilken Ramirez singled to left scoring Dinkleman to close the gap to 8-3. O’Connor picked up his third win of the season tossing five innings with a season high nine strikeouts.

Austin Romine added two runs to the Yankees tally in the eighth with his first home run in a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees uniform pushing the final margin up to seven runs at 10-3.  Romine appeared in four games with SWB in 2011 without a homer and in his seventh game with the Yankees in 2012 took Deolis Guerra over the wall in left.

Kelvin Perez and Juan Cedeno each added two scoreless innings of relief in support of O’Connor in non save situations.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Rochester wrap up the season series with a 6:05 PM game on Sunday night from Frontier Field.  Right hander John Maine (5-5, 6.53 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees with right hander P.J. Walters (3-1, 2.85) getting the start for the Red Wings.

-SWB YANKEES-

Game #128 SWB 8 – PAW 6

 

DATE: August 17, 2012
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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Picks up 8-6 win in Series Finale at Pawtucket
Yankees move to season high 16 games over .500 with victory

 

Pawtucket, RI – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees tied a season high with four home runs and moved a season high three games in front of the Pawtucket Red Sox in the International League North with an 8-6 win over the Red Sox in the final game of a five game series at McCoy Stadium

The Yankees drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning on Corban Joseph’s 11th home run of the season, a solo shot to right field off Pawtucket starter Zach Stewart for a 1-0 advantage.

The story on the night for the Red Sox was one of missed opportunity against Yankees starter Adam Warren.   Despite picking up 10 hits and drawing four walks (one intentional) off Warren, Pawtucket managed just two runs with the starter in the game.  The Red Sox left nine on base against Warren over his five innings and had three runners thrown out at home plate.

Each time that Pawtucket put runs across home plate, the Yankees had an answer.  After the Red Sox run in the top of the third inning on an RBI single by Jon Hee, SWB picked up a run in the bottom of the inning with Stewart’s two out walk to Chris Dickerson and Joseph’s RBI double to right center giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

The Red Sox would tie the game in the fourth at 2-2 on a J.C. Linares RBI single off Warren scoring Mike Rivera who was the first of three straight Red Sox hitters to reach base to open the inning.  Once again, the Yankees had an answer in the bottom of the inning when Darnell McDonald slugged a three run homer to left.  It was McDonald’s second homer of the season as well as the second homer hit by McDonald off the Paw Sox right hander.  The first was a solo shot at Frontier Field in Rochester against Stewart on July 31st.

Stewart pitched through the sixth inning allowing five runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts.  With the loss he dropped to 3-4 on the season.  Right hander Jose De La Torre took over for Stewart to start the seventh inning and was greeted by Ramiro Pena’s solo homer over the right field fence into the Yankees bullpen to extend the lead to 6-2.

Melky Mesa’s homer in the eighth inning of De La Rosa caused quite a stir in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Mesa’s drive down the line in left field was initially called foul which drew SWB Manager Dave Miley out of the dugout to question the ruling.  After the umpires gathered and overturned the call prompting an eruption from the Pawtucket dugout that led to the ejection of Manager Arnie Beyeler, Pitching Coach Rich Sauveur following the homer.  After the inning De La Torre was tossed as well.

Pawtucket made things a little more interesting in the ninth inning with a pair of homers off reliever Cory Wade, who came in replacing Preston Claiborne to start the top of the eighth.  Claiborne retired all six Pawtucket hitters he faced over two innings striking out four batters.  Wade allowed a two run homer to Linares and a solo homer to Hee to close out the scoring at 8-5.

With the win the Yankees improve to 72-56 and move to three games in front of Pawtucket in the International League’s North Division.  Pawtucket drops to 69-59 with the loss.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre opens a two game series at Frontier Field on Saturday night with a 7:05 PM first pitch against the Red Wings.  The Yankees will send left hander Mike O’Connor (2-6, 3.94) to the mound, while Rochester will counter with right hander Shairon Martis (2-2, 5.89).

 

-SWB YANKEES-

Trying to Extend the Advantage in the North

Brandon Laird takes batting practice on Firday afternoon, after getting hit by a pitch in the shoulder that glanced off his batting helmet in Thursday night’s 5-4 Yankees win.  As a precaution, the infielder is not in the lineup for Friday night’s game.

SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE GAME NOTES – Game #128 (Home #66)

8-17 Notes

LOOKING TO ADD TO THE LEAD…
The Yankees lead Pawtucket by two games in the International League North Division heading into the final game of the “home series” at McCoy Stadium.  Scranton/Wilkles-Barre added to their one game advantage with the team’s 28th come from behind win of the season on Thursday night, with some help from the Paw Sox.  Two errors, two walks and a hit batsman contributed to three unearned runs in the Yankees seventh inning and lifted SWB to a 5-4 win.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is guarenteed to leave Rhode Island in first place following the Friday night game.  With a win in the finale, the Yankees will even their “home” record on the season against Pawtucket to 4-4.  The Yankees and Paw Sox will have four games reamaining the regular season against each other with the final four games of the season as road games for SWB from August 31st – September 3rd.

LOOKING FOR BETTER RESULTS…
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will look for better results against Red Sox starter Zach Stewart than what they had in the previous matchup against the Pawtucket right hander.  Stewart who came over from the White Sox in the Kevin Youkilis trade makes his second start against the Yankees.  In his first outing against SWB at Frontier Field in Rochester on July 31st, Stewart threw 5.0 innings of four hit baseball allowing only one run while striking out a season high eight batters. Darnell McDonald got the only run home for the Yankees against Stewart with his first HR of the season.

LOOKING FOR BETTER RESULTS PART II…
Adam Warren makes his fifth career start against the Red Sox on Friday night and is in search of his first career win against Pawtucket.  Warren is 0-3 with a 7.89 ERA against the Paw Sox.  In 21.2 innings pitched Warren has allowed 28H, 19R, 19ER, with 10BB and 24K’s.  He has also allowed 7HR in his four starts against the Paw Sox including three in his first start of the 2012 season at McCoy Stadium on April 25th.  Warren allowed 5R (all earned) on 9H in 5.0 innings earning no decision as the Yankees came up with a four run ninth inning to snap Pawtucket’s nine game winning streak with a come frome behind 8-6 win.

STARTING LINEUPS (*Left hander / # switch hitter)

PAWTUCKET RED SOX (69-58)
#24 Che-Hsuan Lin CF
#10 Jose Iglesias SS
#17 J.C. Linares RF
#34 Mauro Gomez 1B
#7 Andy LaRoche DH
#12 Jon Hee 2B
#3 Nate Spears* 3B
#23 Mike Rivera C
#2 Tony Thomas LF
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#18 Zach Stewart – RHP

SWB YANKEES (71-56)
#24 Chris Dickerson* RF
#1 Corban Joseph* 2B
#26 Eduardo Nunez SS
#21 Kosuke Fukudome* 1B
#3 Francisco Cervelli C
#7 Kevin Russo 3B
#51 Melky Mesa CF
#5 Darnell McDonad LF
#19 Ramiro Pena# DH
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#28 Adam Warren – RHP

Umpires – HP Jeff Gosney, 1B Chris Ward (CC), 3B – AJ Johnson

Forcast from Weather.com: Partly cloudy with temperatures falling into the low 70s. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Game #127 SWB 5 – PAW 4

DATE: August 16, 2012
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Three Run Seventh Gives Yankees Comeback Win over Pawtucket 5-4
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lead in IL North back to two games with win

Pawtucket, RI – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre looked as if their one game lead in the International League North was going to evaporate into a tie atop the division with the Pawtucket Red Sox.  The Paw Sox took a 4-2 lead to the bottom of the seventh inning before three unearned runs gave the Yankees a 5-4 come from behind win and a two game division lead.

For the fourth consecutive game, Pawtucket jumped out of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scoring the game’s first run.  Tony Thomas drew a one out walk off Yankees starter Justin Thomas, stole second base and came home to score on a two out single to center by Dan Butler giving the Paw Sox a 1-0 lead.

The Yankees had an answer for the Red Sox run in the top half of the inning with a single tally of their own in the bottom half of the frame.  Melky Mesa hammered his third homer of the season a solo shot over the wall in left center off Pawtucket starter Tony Pena, Jr. that tied the game at 1-1.

The Paw Sox broke the tie off Thomas and the Yankees in the top of the third and then added to the lead in the top of the fifth inning with two more runs.  Thomas had not allowed a homerun in 47.2 innings of pitching before giving up a one out homer to J.C. Linares to left field to break the 1-1 tie.  In the fifth Andy LaRoche struck again.  His third homer of the series (Grand Slam on Tuesday, three-run HR on Wednesday), a two run shot with two out in the fifth extended the Red Sox lead to 4-1.

Thomas pitched a season high 5.0 innings on the night allowing four runs on seven hits.  The left hander walked two and struck out six, throwing a season high 85 pitches.  Pena was done after walking back to back hitters with two out in the bottom of the fourth inning.  He allowed three hits and gave up one run with four walks and three strikeouts.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comeback began with a single run in the sixth inning off reliever Alex Wilson.  Brandon Laird doubled into the right field corner and scored the Yankees second run of the night on Austin Romine’s single to center.  SWB picked up three in the bottom of the seventh and got a lot of help from Pawtucket to grab a 5-4 lead.  Daniel Bard entered the game and walked Chris Dickerson to lead off the inning.  Corban Joseph’s comebacker was thrown in the dirt at second by Bard and the error cost Pawtucket the first out of the inning.  After Dickerson was caught in a rundown off second and Eduardo Nunez fouled out to the catcher it looked as if the rally was going to end.  The inning was extended when Bard hit Laird in the helmet with a pitched ball and walked Romine to load the bases.  Darnell McDonald’s grounder was kicked by Jose Iglesias scoring a run to make it 4-3.  Mesa added to his RBI total with a single to center scoring pinch runner Kevin Russo and Romine for a 5-4 lead.

Chase Whitley picked up his ninth win of the season with two scoreless innings in relief of Thomas and Ryota Igarashi notched his eighth save of the year with a scoreless eighth and ninth as the Yankees picked up the come from behind win.  Bard took the loss allowing the three unearned runs in the seventh inning, his only inning of work.

The two teams wrap up the series on Friday night at McCoy Stadium in the final game of the Yankees “home” series against the Red Sox.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will send right hander Adam Warren (6-8, 3.77) to the mound for his 24th start of the season.  Pawtucket will also throw a right hander with Zach Stewart (3-3, 3.69) making his 10th start of the year.

 

-SWB YANKEES-

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