STATEN ISLAND, NY – The Staten Island Yankees were unable to hold onto an early lead, dropping their third straight contest to open the season to the rival Brooklyn Cyclones.
Staten Island opened up the scoring in the first inning after left-fielder Taylor Dugas send the ball into the left field corner and then sliding head first into second base for a lead off double. Shortstop Jose Rosario kept the speed show going with a triple to left field, scoring Dugas.
Evan Rutckyj began the game for the Staten Island Yankees on the mound. The 20-year old left-hander did a good job of mixing in his 91 MPH fastball and off speed pitches but the Cyclones were able to touch him in the fourth inning for three runs. In his fourth and two-third innings of work he was able to keep the Brooklyn batter off balance striking out seven of the 22 he faced.
Fellow lefty Evan DeLuca took over for Rutckyj in the fifth inning. He was touched for another three runs in his lone inning of work, allowing two hits and three walks. Taylor Garrison was next on the hill for Staten Island, allowing a run on two hits while striking out two in an inning and a third of work. The final Yankees pitcher was Nick Goody who looked good striking out four batters in two solid innings of relief.
The Baby Bombers plated their second and final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Right fielder Danny Oh started the inning off with a double to left and then moved to third on a passed ball then came home on a single by Fu-Lin Kuo.
Taylor Dugas and Fu-Lin Kuo provided most of the offense for Staten Island in the game, both going 2 for 4 with a double. Jose Rosario, Isaias Tejeda and Danny Oh collected the other three Yankee hits of the game.
Tomorrow night these two teams will face off once more, this time in Coney Island for the final game of the series.