Advance Scout: Scrtanton/Wilkes Barre Yankees
vs. THE YANKEES: The Bisons are 5-4 against the Yankees this season. Buffalo took three of four in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre from April 8-11 to open the season. The teams then split a four-game set at Coca Cola Field, April 17-20. After eight matchups in the first month of the year, the Herd and Yanks only completed one of the two games slated in July, with SWB earning a 10-7 win at Coca-Cola Field. Buffalo and Scranton/WB have seven remaining tilts before the end of the season. Dating back to last season, the Bisons have won eight of their last 13 matchups with the Yankees.
PITCHING PROBABLE’S: BUFFALO AT SCRANTON/WB:
WED – RHP Fernando Nieve (0-0, 2.70) vs. RHP Zach McAllister (8-8, 4.81)
THUR – RHP Dillon Gee (11-7, 4.75) vs. RHP David Phelps (2-2, 3.29)
MILES WORTH OF WINS: Dave Miley recorded his 1,500th managerial victory last Friday night. Miley reached the milestone in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees’ 2-1 victory over the Norfolk Tides. Miley, 48, improved to 1,507-1,136 during a 19-year Minor League career. He also managed the Cincinnati Reds for parts of three seasons from 2003-05. The Florida native spent 26 seasons in the Reds organization before joining the Yankees in 2006. In four years with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he’s guided the Baby Bombers to the best record in the International League (322-222). He was named IL Manager of the Year in 2007, piloted the Yankees to the Governors’ Cup title in 2008 and a berth in the Championship Series last year.
MR. VERSATILITY: After getting his first big league call up on May 8th and spending over two months with New York, Kevin Russo came back to SWB on July 17th and went 0-5 with a season high four strikeouts. In the 21 games following that first game, Russo has hit safely in 16 with a .281 average (25-89) and hit safely in eight consecutive games after a ninth inning single on Monday night. Russo is hitting .353 (12-34) over his last eight, with 6R, 5 2B, 4RBI, 4BB, 5K, 2SB and a CS. Russo has been SWB’s most versatile player in 2010 playing every position for the Yankees except catcher, first base and pitcher. He has started for Dave Miley all over the diamond playing 21 games at 3B, 13 in LF, 9 at 2B, 5 in CF, 2 at SS, 1 in RF and 1 at DH.
WALKING OFF A WINNER: Jesus Montero gave the Yankees a dramatic 2-1 win with a bottom of the ninth home run on Monday night off Pawtucket’s Robert Manuel. The homer added to Montero’s team leading total (14) and was the fifth walk off winner for the Yankees at PNC Field in 2010 and second against Pawtucket.
LATE HEROICS: Robby Hammock picked up a RBI single in the ninth against Rochester on April 12th in a 6-5 win, Chad Huffman’s ninth inning homer against Louisville leading off the inning was the difference in a 3-2 SWB win, Fabio Castro delivered a wild pitch for the game winner in the ninth in a 4-3 Yankees win on June 21st and five games later on the 26th against Rochester Greg Golson’s sac fly in the 13th inning gave the Yankees a 2-1 win in SWB’s longest game of the season.
WHAT’S LEFT?: The Yankees have 27 games remaining in the regular season and 17 of those will be played on the road. 13 of the Yankees final 27 games will be played against opponents with records above .500 (7 vs. Buffalo, 4 vs. Columbus and 2 vs. Syracuse). Out of the seven remaining opponents (BUF, COL, TOL, SYR, LHV & ROC) the Yankees have winning 2010 records against four: Pawtucket (7-6), Toledo (3-1), Syracuse (9-5) and Rochester (12-2).
Looking back at the Bisons & Yankess season-series:
7/8/10: SWB 10, BUF 7 –
GAME STORY: Yanks snag opener
4/20/10: BUF 11, SWB 7 – GAME STORY: Pridie, Bisons out-slug Yanks
4/19/10: SWB 7, BUF 2 – GAME STORY: Dickey strong, Herd falls
4/18/10: SWB 4, BUF 3 (10) – GAME STORY: Scranton/WB snaps Herd’s streak
4/17/10: BUF 2, SWB 0 – GAME STORY: Gee: 7 shutout, Ks 8 in victory
4/11/10: BUF 4, SWB 1 – GAME STORY: Gee leads Bisons to series win
4/10/10: BUF 2, SWB 1 (11) – GAME STORY: Hessman, Carter blasts give Buffalo win
4/9/10: BUF 7, SWB 6 – GAME STORY: Bisons rally back
4/8/10: SWB 1, BUF 0 – Bisons drop opener, Davis 3-4