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Matt Sauer was not as sharp as opening day but had a strong performance. (Robert M. Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

SI Yanks Return Home; Continue to Struggle Offensively

The Staten Island Yankees (2-5) returned home after a 1-2 road trip vs the Lowell Spinners. In the current six-game homestand, the Yankees will host the Aberdeen IronBirds and the Tri-City ValleyCats. In this first game against Tri-City, the Yankees lost 5-3.

Matt Sauer (0-0, 0.90 ERA) got the start in this game (6/21/18). After throwing six no-hit innings in his previous start, Sauer would extend his hitless streak to 6.2 innings. With two outs in the top of the first, Sauer gave up a solo shot to Aberdeen first baseman JC Escarra, ending the streak.

The Yankees would get this run back quickly, as Jesus Bastidas scored on an RBI groundout by Eduardo Torrealba in the top of the first. Bastidas got on the bases with a single, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher.

The line for Matt Sauer was not spectacular like his debut in the Staten Island Yankees season opener, but it was effective.

“Sauer was good. He wasn’t as sharp as his first game”. said Manager Lino Diaz. “His breaking ball wasn’t as sharp as it was the first day.”

In his four innings of work, Sauer gave up three hits, one run (earned), one walk, one hit batter, and two strikeouts, on 82 pitches. Sauer earned the no-decision in this outing. One useful item from today was Sauer’s fastball, which sat in the low 90, and touched 93 throughout his outing.

Drew Finley (0-1, 13.50 ERA) would come in to relieve Matt Sauer in the fifth inning. Finley would give up a leadoff double, which would eventually score on a wild pitch. Finley would give up another run in the sixth, on an RBI single, scoring the runner from second base. Finley would take the loss, pitching the fifth and sixth innings, allowing three hits, two runs (earned), one walk, and one strikeout.

Daniel Alvarez (0-0, 3.86 ERA) relieved Drew Finley and gave up another two runs in the top of the eighth. The first run scored on an errant throw by the second baseman Jesus Bastidas, trying to get a runner at home plate. The second run would be on an RBI Single by Aberdeen lead-off hitter Adam Hall.

The Yankees would start a charge in the bottom of the eighth inning. After a lead-off double to left by Frederick Cuevas, shortstop Eduardo Torrealba was able to bring him home with a two-out double to right.

“Torrealba has a bright future,” Diaz said. “Defensively he can do some good things.”

Canaan Smith had a chance to extend the rally in the eighth inning but struck out swinging on three pitches.

Paul Young (0-0, 0.00) pitched the end of the eighth inning, and finished the game, with a scoreless ninth. After a short stint in Trenton, Young came back to his bullpen role in Staten Island. At times in this game, Young was touching 98MPH on the Stadium radar gun.

To get the third run of the game, Junior Soto was able to bring in Andres Chaparro from second base on a single to left.

First Base Coach:

The Staten Island Yankees have a temporary first base coach. Wearing number 62 is former Staten Island Yankees Manager Pat McMahon. Currently serving as a Roving Instructor, throughout the Yankees organization, he can certainly provide some insight and aid with the players’ development. The hope is that McMahon will be with the Yankees until after this coming weekend.

Lineup Change:

Jesus Bastidas returns to the lead-off spot, after being the number six-hitter in the previous game. Canaan Smith is back in the lineup, batting third. Red hot Frederick Cuevas and Ryan Lidge move down from 2-3 in the lineup to 7-8. Eric Wagaman and Andres Chaparro switch spots in the order; Wagaman back to clean up. Ricky Surum also returns to the order. Jerry Seitz and Ricardo Ferreira start the night on the bench.

Star of the Game:

Bringing in the two runs tonight, the star of the game is shortstop Eduardo Torrealba. Tying the game in the first inning on an RBI groundout, Torrealba helped keep the Yankees in the ballgame. The second RBI was on the double driven to the right field corner, scoring Frederick Cuevas from second.

 Roster Transactions:

Four new players were added to the roster today, two of which were taken in the recent MLB Draft. Making their professional debuts are Infielder Kyle Gray (West Virginia) and Outfielder Alex Junior (Tennessee Tech). Right-Handed Pitcher Abel Duarte and Catcher Victor Rey also join the team after spending last season with Pulaski. Manager Lino Diaz confirmed that both drafted players are in Staten Island, and are projected to play tomorrow.

Game Note:

The Homeplate umpire tonight is Jen Pawol, one of two current female umpires in affiliated minor league baseball.

Next Game:

Alex Mauricio gets the start against Aberdeen on Friday, June 22. Game time start is set for 7 pm. Manager Lino Diaz confirmed that both 2018 drafted players on the roster (Kyle Gray and Alex Junior) are in Staten Island, and are projected to play Friday, June 22.