After defeating the Williamsport Crosscutters to take the series, the Staten Island Yankees found themselves alone at the top of the McNamara Division once again. The win combined with a Hudson Valley loss to the Brooklyn Cyclones gives the Yankees a one-game lead in the division.
The Yankees were the first to get on the board in the top of the second inning. After a quick groundout to first by Kane Sweeny, Angel Aguilar sent the second ball he saw over the left-field fence for his second home run of the season. Kendall Coleman then lined a single to left to bring up Ben Ruta. Ruta took a 2-0 pitch over the right field fence for his first home run with Staten Island, his second of the season, to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
Williamsport got a run in the bottom of the fourth inning after David Martinelli singled for the first Crosscutter base hit of the game, moved to second on a throwing error by Freicer Perez. Martinelli then moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by Baby Bombers catcher Jerry Seitz.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Yankees got two more runs. With one-out Dalton Blaser doubled on a fly ball to center and then scored when Nick Solak reached on a throwing error. Solak moved to second on the play, putting him in the position to score on a single by Drew Bridges.
Freicer Perez pitched 6 1/3 innings for the Staten Island Yankees, his longest outing of his professional career, for the win. He was touched for one unearned run on three hits and three walks while striking out 4 of the 24 batters he saw. In total, he threw 79 pitches in the game.
David Sosebee took over on the mound in the seventh inning. He went 1 2/3 innings allowing a hit a walk with a strikeout. Brian Trieglaff relieved Sosebee in the ninth inning. Treglaff allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning. Justin Kamplian, who was just sent down from Charleston, earned the save allowing a hit and striking out a batter to end the game.
Three Staten Island hitters had multi-hit games, all of them in the bottom of the order. Kendall Coleman, Ben Ruta, and Jerry Seitz had two hits. Dalton Blaser, Nick Solak, Drew Bridges and Angel Aguilar also had a hit. Bridges has been on fire since returning to the Yankees, hitting .310 on the season with a .389 average in his last ten games.
On Friday the Staten Island Yankees will look to go for the sweep with right-hander Jonathan Padilla scheduled to take the mound against Cole Irvin. The Yankees will return home to Staten Island on Saturday night to open a three-game series with the Lowell Spinners.