TROY, NY – After being one hit last night, the Staten Island Yankees bounced back to score a 7-4 victory over the Tri-City Valley Cats at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
Staten Island starting pitcher Matt Borens kept the team in the game, striking out four batters over five and two-thirds innings. Three out of the four runs given up by Borens, came on a three-run double, by Valley Cats third baseman Cesar Carrasco, in the bottom of the second inning.
After silencing the Baby Bomber’s bats yesterday, their bats came alive early against Valley Cats pitcher Dean Deetz, plating two runs in the top of the second. Scoring those two runs would come with a cost, as right fielder Jhalan Jackson would leave the game after being hit by a pitch.
The story of the night would be Staten Island’s offensive barrage, with rookie shortstop Kyle Holder, second baseman Thairo Estrada and catcher Jake Hernandez leading the way. The three combined to go 9 for 14, with 4 runs batted in on the night. Speaking with Holder after the game, he said“[He] Felt better at the plate today, made a couple of adjustments with our hitting coach Eric Duncan.”
Sean Carley came in and shut the door on the Valley Cats, throwing three and one-third innings of shutout ball to earn the win.
After the game Manager Pat Osborn said that “It was a good win, a good early test for us.” Following up on the Jhalan Jackson injury, Osborn said that “Everything I’ve heard is positive, no fracture. Think he has a little sprain in his thumb. It’s good news, he’ll be down for a couple games I’m sure.”
With the victory, Staten Island moves back into a first place tie with the Brooklyn Cyclones for the New York-Penn League, McNamara Division lead.
The Baby Bombers will look to win the series as they return to Joseph L. Bruno Stadium to play the final game of this three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., with LHP Ethan Carnes (1-0, 1.80 ERA) taking the bump for Staten Island and RHP Harold Arauz (0-1, 20.25) taking the hill for Tri-City.