The draft class of 2016 paid dividends Tuesday night as big offensive nights from 5th round pick Dom Thompson-Williams and 2nd rounder Nick Solak paced the Staten Island Yankees to their second straight win over Lowell 3-1. Anyelo Gomez pitched a solid six innings for the win and Adonis Rosa picked up the save with three scoreless innings of relief. Drew Bridges and Kane Sweeney also provided offensive punch in the win.
A rocky first inning made it look like Gomez was in for a short outing as he struggled with command of his sinker/cutter down in the zone. A leadoff single, a sacrifice, another single and a wild pitch immediately put Gomez and the Yankees in a 1-0 hole. Another walk and a single followed, but Gomez induced a tailor-made 6-4-3 double play to escape without further damage. Gomez threw twenty pitches in the first inning and then hit Yoan Aybar to start the second after quickly getting Aybar down 0-2. Three pitches later, however, Gomez got another perfect 6-4-3 double play and a seven-pitch second inning sent Gomez cruising for the remainder of the start.
SI jumped ahead in the third when Ricardo Ferreira led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Thompson-Williams followed with a sacrifice fly to score Ferreira and tie the game. Nick Solak hit a hard double to right and Kane Sweeney drove him in with a single. Drew Bridges struck out to end the threat but SI had a lead it would never surrender. Gomez breezed through the bottom of the third with two strikeouts flashing a 92 MPH fastball along with a 77 MPH curve. Gomez gave an up a leadoff single to start the bottom of the fourth but a fly out and another double play (started by Gomez) made for another easy inning.
In the top of the fifth, SI tacked on an insurance run with a double by Thompson-Williams, walks to Solak and Sweeney and a sacrifice fly by Bridges. Yoan Aybar led off the bottom of the fifth with a single and advanced to second on a ground out but then made a terrible base running error by running on a ball hit right to Angel Aquilar who threw him out at third. Just called up switch-hitting catcher Eduardo Navas gunned out Steven Reveles trying to steal second and Gomez had an easy six pitch inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Gomez really mixed speeds well showing a 94 MPH fastball, an 84 MPH cutter/sinker, and 77 MPH curve. A strikeout, single, fly out, and another runner gunned down by Navas ended Gomez’s night at 68 pitches. After his shaky first inning, Gomez really managed to pound the ball down in the zone and he really bailed himself out with the double play.
Adonis Rosa came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh and walked the first batter he faced but another 6-4-3 double play followed. The double play came at a perfect time because the next batter hit a booming fly ball to left that twisted Timmy Robinson around and bounced off the wall but the threat ended there with a ground out to second baseman Chris Godinez. Godinez had himself a nice offensive night as well with a sacrifice, two singles, and a stolen base. SI ran aggressively the entire game, especially on balls hit in the gaps and it paid off with four doubles. Rosa closed out the game with a groundout, a walk and then two strikeouts to earn the save. The two teams close out the series with an 11 AM game tomorrow.