ABERDEEN, MD – Jhalan Jackson hit his fourth homerun of the season as the Staten Island Yankees defeated the Aberdeen Ironbirds 5-3 to open a 3-game series at Ripken Stadium.
Staten Island got on the board in the top of the second inning thanks to a 2-run homerun by right fielder Jhalan Jackson. Jackson sat out the last series against the Aberdeen Ironbirds due to a thumb injury.
Matt Borens got the start for the Baby Bombers and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings of work, earning the victory. He was followed by Chance Adams who threw 30 2-hit innings of work out of the bullpen and finally Josh Roeder earned the save with a perfect ninth inning.
Staten Island took the lead for good in the top of the sixth inning. Thairo Estrada started it off with a line drive single to right, moved to second one a 1-out balk then moved to third on a 2-out passed ball. Jhalan Jackson then hit a double to score Estrada. Jackson scored the go-ahead run on a single to left by Drew Bridges. Eduardo de Oleo then singled to put men at first and second for Zack Zehner who hit a RBI single, bringing home Bridges.
Griffin Gordon, Jhalan Jackson, and Eduardo de Oleo had 2 hits each while Zack Zehner had a 3-hit game. Jackson accounted for 3 of the Yankees RBIs in the game.
Thursday night the Yankees and Ironbirds will meet in the second game of the series. Yoel Espinal is scheduled to make the start for Staten Island.