The Staten Island Yankees showed once again just how to dominate their pitching can be when they took both games of a double header against the Connecticut Tigers to open a four-game series at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark.
The Yankees held the Tigers to just two hits and a run in the opening game of the twin bill. Jonathan Loaisiga made his Staten Island debut throwing five shutout innings allowing just one hit and did not walk anyone while striking out three to earn the win.
Loaisiga consistently hit 97-98 MPH on the radar gun throughout his start which was his longest outing of the season.
At the plate, the Yankees were led by All-Star Jose Polonia who had two hits and two RBIs in the game. Timmy Robinson also collected 2 RBIs on a hit. The Yankees combined for a total of 8 hits in the opening game with all but one player reaching base.
Staten Island took the lead in the bottom of the third inning after Ryan Krill doubled, Cesar Diaz walked, and Wilkerman Garcia singled to load the bases. That brought up Polonia who line a single to center bringing home two runs and moving Garcia over to third. After a strike out by Jason Lopez, Timmy Robinson would ground into a force out at second base, allowing Garcia to score and giving the Yankees the 3-0 lead.
The Yankees added two more in the bottom of the fifth. Lopez singled with two outs and scored on the double by Timmy Robinson. Robinson then scored on a single by Keith Skinner.
Kaleb Ort came into the game in the sixth inning and threw two innings allowing a run on two walks and a hit while striking out four batters. He was sitting 94-95 miles per hour throughout his time on the mound.
The Yankees came back strong again in the second game, defeating the Tigers 3-0. Jio Orozco and Justin Kamplain kept the Tigers off the board, allowing just three hits between the two of them over seven innings. Orozco earned the win allowing a hit and three walks while striking out five batters. Kamplain earned his fourth save of the season with a two-inning relief appearance allowing two this and a walk.
Timmy Robinson and Cody Brown each had two hits apiece in the game. The first Staten Island run came in the bottom of the first inning. Wilkerman Garcia started it off with a double, and after two fly outs, Timmy Robinson would single to left to bring home Garcia and give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
The Baby Bombers added two more in the bottom of the third. Andy Diaz singled, moved to second on a walk to Garcia and then both runners moved up thanks to a wild pitch. Cesar Diaz walked to load the base, bringing up Keith Skinner who hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring home Andy Diaz and move Garcia to third. Cesar Diaz and Garcia would then pull off a double-steal with Diaz safe at second and Garcia safe at the plate.
With the two wins, the Staten Island Yankees moved to a league-best record of 35-19 and had won nine consecutive games. The success is due in large part to their pitching staff which owns a combined 2.70 ERA which leads the NY-Penn League.