A look back at the Yankees’ first season

Featured — By on October 27, 2007 at 1:51 pm

Though their playoff run was cut short, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees hit the ground running in their inaugural season, meeting with unparalleled success on and off the field. Why not Rediscover Scranton for yourself and see what the buzz is about?

The Yankees not only compiled the best record in the International League (84-59) and won the IL North; in 2007, the team also broke a 15-year-old attendance record and earned a Manager of the Year award for team skipper Dave Miley.

In a season filled with highlights — appearances by Roger Clemens and Jason Giambi or the performance of young stars on their way to the majors, Shelley Duncan and Phil Hughes – local fans were most excited about the Yankees’ first trip to the postseason. The Yanks faced the Richmond Braves in a best-of-five playoff series.

The opening game at Richmond went to the Braves by a score of 3-2. The Yankees came back to tie the series at 1-1 with a 6-4 win in the second game at Richmond. In the game #3, the Yankees scored four runs early with home runs from Andy Cannizaro and Raul Chavez. Behind a strong pitching performance by Matt DeSalvo, the Yankees had built a 4-2 lead heading into the eighth inning.

The eighth proved the Yankees’ undoing when pitcher Sean Henn allowed four Richmond runs — all with two outs – to put the Braves ahead 6-4. The Yanks could not cut into the Richmond lead in their half of the eighth or the ninth and the Braves took a 2-1 series lead, leaving the Yankees on the brink of elimination.

Game #4 looked like the Yankees’ opportunity to tie up the series as they led 3-1 going into the ninth. Pitcher Ben Kozlowski came on in the ninth to close out the game but gave up a walk and a single. Ross Ohlendorf relieved Kozlowski and loaded the bases by hitting Richmond’s Wes Timmons with a pitch. The Braves knocked in three runs to take a 4-3 lead before the Yankees could end the inning. The Yanks did not get a runner past first base in the bottom of the ninth and the team was eliminated from the Governors’ Cup playoffs with a 4-3 loss.

Along with the Manager of the Year award for Miley, Ian Kennedy was named minor league Starting Pitcher of the Year; Edwar Ramirez was named Relief Pitcher of the Year; and Mandalay Sports Entertainment, owners of the local Yankees, received Organization of the Year honors.

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