The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees had a strong week to improve their lead in the division to 3.5 games as the season begins to wind down.
(8/27) Romulo Sanchez probably threw his best game of the season on Wednesday. Sanchez went 7 innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 9. Juan Miranda provided the offense for the game with his 2-run (78) home run (19) in the fourth to lift the Yanks to a 2-1 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs. Zach Kroenke pitched an inning in relief, allowing a run (unearned) and Jon Albaladejo recorded his 10th save.
(8/28) The game was postponed due to rain against the Pawtucket Red Sox; rescheduled for the following night.
(8/29 [day]) The Yankees, behind Josh Towers, shut out the Red Sox in the day portion of the doubleheader. Towers went 6 innings, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 3. Mark Melancon went 2 scoreless, and Jon Albaladejo saved his 11th. Kevin Russo hit a solo home run (4) (25) in the 4th. Juan Miranda drove in RBI number 79, while Chris Stewart drove in number 16. The Yankees won 3-0. (There was a 2:19 rain delay during the game.
(8/29 [night]) The game was postponed due to rain, and was a makeup for the night before. The game for 8/28 was now moved to 8/30.
(8/30 [day]) The Yankees lost the day portion to the PawSox 5-3 on Saturday in a 7-inning game. Ivan Nova continued to show struggles as a starter, going just 4 innings and getting roughed up for 8 hits and 5 earned, falling to 1-4. Shelley Duncan hit home run 28 (88) and Yurendell de Caster hit number 5 (21). Kevin Russo also drove in RBI number 26. Amaury Sanit and Anthony Claggett combined for 3 scoreless innings in relief.
(8/30 [night]) Shelley Duncan and the Yankees took the game, and the series against the PawSox in 7 innings. Duncan’s grand slam (29) (92) in the 6th gave the Yankees a lead to hold. Jason Hirsh had another strong outing, going 5.1, allowing 2 hits, 0 earned and fanning 5. Edwar Ramirez went 1.2 to get save number 4.
(8/31) The Yankees took the opener of yet another series against the Syracuse Chiefs on Sunday by a 6-4 final. Kei Igawa got spanked for 11 hits in just 6.1 innings, but only allowed 3 runs (2 earned). Ramiro Pena (9), Francisco Cervelli 2 (7), Colin Curtis (25), and Juan Miranda (81) all drove in Yankee runs in the victory.
Transactions: The Yankees acquired outfielder Freddy Guzman from the Orioles for a player to be named later or cash. Guzman will be sent to AAA.
Performer of the Week: Shelley Duncan (.353 [6-17] 2 HR 5 RBI 1 GS).
*This post was written by Dan Reiner*