Happy 4th of July! in Scranton Tonight
If you’re not making the two hour drive down to Scranton, bring the radio along to the fireworks and have a listen to the game on WHEN 620 AM. Here are some notes on tonight’s matchup (Kei Igawa v. Mike MacDonald). Full game notes are available here.
The Chiefs and Yankees meet for their third series of the year. The two split a doubleheader in late April at Alliance Bank Stadium while Scranton won two of three at home in June. The Yankees lead the season series 3-2 and the Scranton franchise leads the all-time series 188-144 (Chiefs have .434 winning percentage). Scranton is 14-7 against the Chiefs since becoming a Yankees affiliate in 2007. In the 2008 head to head matchups, Buck Coats is pacing the Chiefs offense (6-14, 2 RBI) while Alberto Gonzalex leads the Yankees (4-10, 2 RBI). There has been only one homer hit in the five games (Erik Kratz). The Chiefs have 12 of the 14 extra base hits in the season series as well.
LYDON STEALING AT WILL
Wayne Lydon has stolen 35 bases on the year after a ninth inning theft Wednesday which puts him on pace for 58. That would be the most since Eric Yelding stole 59 in 1988. The all-time record for a Chiefs player in a season is Walt Cazen with 74 stolen bases in 1945. Cazen is also the all-time leader with 140 stolen bases. Lydon sits in third place with 87–five behind Alex Infante.
AVOID THE 3-0 SCORE
The Chiefs have been shut out four times this year. All four shutouts have been by a 3-0 nothing final including the previous time they matched up against Kei Igawa on June 7th. On the other side, the Chiefs have won seven games via shutout–three of them have been by a 2-0 final including opening day.
Russ Adams is just 6-69 (.087 batting average) since June 1st with only 3 RBI after he had 31 in the first two months of the season. Catcher Curtis Thigpen is 6-42 (.143 batting average) since June 1st. Chip Cannon is 10-69 (.145 batting average) since June 1st and hasn’t hit a home run since May 28th at Richmond.
Outfielder/First Baseman Matt Watson has a ten game hitting streak entering Independence Day. He’s 14-35 (.400) over the stretch. Watson is hitting .361 since June 1st. Danny Sandoval has driven in 21 runs since the first day of June–the most among any Chiefs player.
Also, Robinzon Diaz is on the comeback trail – he’s playing for the GCL Rookie League Blue Jays on rehab and has 10 hits in 19 at-bats.