After rain caused last night’s game to be suspended in the bottom of the first inning the Staten Island Yankees and Vermont Lake Monsters will be taking the field later today for a doubleheader, starting at 5:00 pm. The first game will go the traditional 9-innings while the second game will be a 7-inning game.
While Anyelo Gomez started the game he will not be picking up where he left off. Officially he will go down in the box score as throwing 1 inning, allowing a walk and striking out 2. Taking over for him on the mound will be Kolton Mahoney.
Mahoney, 24, will be making his third appearance for the Yankees this season. So far each of his appearances has been out of the bullpen. In 7 2/3 innings, he struck out 8 batters, allowed just 1 earned run and 1 walk. Last season he was one of Staten Island’s strongest starting pitchers throwing 55 innings, striking out 50 with a 2.29 ERA.
Kolton last faced the Lake Monsters on June 26 where he held them to just 4 hits over 5 shutout innings, striking out 6 batters.
Last night Ricardo Ferreira was the lone Yankees hitter to make it to the plate in the game last night before the downpour caused the umpires to signal for the tarp, he flew out to right field on the second pitch he saw. Ferreira remains the league leader in stolen bases with 8.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Staten Island will send out Austin DeCarr. DeCarr, 21, is making his return from Tommy John surgery. This will be his second start of the season, his first came on June 26 in Vermont. In that game he allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk, he didn’t strike out a batter and was limited to just 55 pitches.
Vermont will send out 22-year old Heath Bowers to pitch the second game of the doubleheader. This is Bowers second season in the NY-Penn League. Last season he was 3-1 with a 2.52 ERA over 15 games, 6 starts, and 31 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings. This season he has started 3 games, allowing 1 earned run over 15 innings and striking out 12. In his last game against the Yankees, he allowed 1 run on 4 hits and 4 walks over 4 1/3 innings.
The Lake Monsters are led by Luis Barrera at the plate. The 20-year old out of Tamboril, Dominican Republic is hitting .277 in 13 games this season and drove in 9 runs on 20 hits, 4 doubles, and a homerun. First baseman Miguel Mercedes, 20, is hitting .370 in 14 games for Vermont, including 7 hits against the Yankees in their last series. Overall he is hitting .363 against Staten Island pitching.