STATEN ISLAND, NY – The Staten Island Yankees moved back into a tie for first place in the McNamara Division thanks to a 3-1 victory over the Lowell Spinners.
Eleventh round pick Josh Rogers earned his first professional win after pitching 2 innings of relief in his professional baseball debut. Rogers struck out 3 and allowed only 1 hit in his debut. He followed Derek Callahan who pitched 6 strong innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5.
Lowell struck first, scoring a run in the top of the fourth inning but their lead did not last long as Staten Island responded in the bottom of the inning with a solo homerun by Zack Zehner.
The Yankee took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. Zack Zehner worked walk to start the inning but was erased when Ryan Krill grounded into a force out at second. With a runner at first KJ Alexander flew out to center. Jeff Hendrix then struck out but a passed ball allowed him to reach first and Krill to move to second for Kyle Holder. Holder singled on a ground ball to short but then a throwing error allowed Krill to score giving Staten Island the 2-1 lead.
The Baby Bombers added one more to their lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jhalan Jackson walked to start the inning then went to second after Jake Hernandez was hit by a pitch. After 2 consecutive strikeouts Ryan Krill would line a single to left field to bring home Jackson.
James Reeves earned the save, pitching a shoutout ninth inning allowing just a walk.
Sunday the Lowell Spinners and Staten Island Yankees meet up again in game 2 of the series. Matt Borens is expected to make the start for the Baby Bombers.