STATEN ISLAND, NY – Staten Island Yankees starting pitcher Kolton Mahoney became the first Baby Bomber pitch to throw 7 complete innings in a game since Gabe Encinas threw 7 at Batavia on July 30, 2012.
Mahoney threw a total of 81 pitches, 53 for strikes, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits and not allowing any runners reach via the base on balls. Over his 7 innings of work he struck out 6 batters, securing himself with his third victory of the season.
Meanwhile at the plate, leftfielder Zack Zehner went 4-for-5 with a double and a RBI. The lone plate appearance he did not get a hit was his final one in the eighth inning when he shattered his bat on a ground ball to the third baseman.
Ryan Krill, Junior Valera and Eduardo de Oleo each had 2 hits in the game, with Valera earning 2 of the Yankees RBIs in the contest.
The Baby Bombers started the scoring off in the bottom of the third inning when Eduardo de Oleo homered to right field for his third homerun of the season. After Kyle Holder struck out, Zack Zehner doubled to center. Jeff Hendrix then line a single to left but it was not deep enough for Zehner to score. He was thrown out at the plate on the play, but allowed Hendrix to move to second. After Trey Amburgey walked Ryan Krill line a bases clearing single to center that combined with a throwing error let the Yankees take a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth inning Staten Island added 2 more to their run total. Junior Valera started the inning off with his first homerun of the season, a line drive over the right field video board. Eduardo de Oleo then walked but was erased when Kyle Holder grounded into a force out at second. Holder then stole second, putting him in position to score on Zack Zehner’s ground ball single to left.
For good measure the Yankees added 1 more to their lead in the bottom of the fifth. Trey Amburgey singled to right, moved to third on a 1-out single by Brandon Wagner and then scored on a double to left by Junior Valera.
Connecticut plated single runs in the seventh and eighth innings but were unable to get anything going as the Yankees take the series. Travis Hissong earned the save after coming into the game to pitch the eighth inning, he allowed a run on 2 hits and a walk, striking out the side to end the game and put the game in the books.
On Tuesday night the Tigers and Staten Island Yankees meet up again for the final game of the series. The Yankees are looking for the sweep with their starter yet to be determined.