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Drew Bridges hit his first homerun of the 2015 season. (Robert M Pimpsner)

[Photos] Bridges Homers, SI Yanks Spiked by State College

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Staten Island Yankees third baseman Drew Bridges continues his hot streak to start the 2015 NY-Penn League season. The former 20th round draft pick homered for the first time this season in the fourth inning, his first of the season.

Yoel Espinal got the start for the Baby Bombers and pitched well in the first three innings but struggled in the fourth when the State College Spikes touched him for 4 runs in the inning. Kolton Mahoney took over on the mound and 2.1 innings allowing a hit and three walks while striking out 4.

Right-handed pitcher Bret Marks came into the game for the seventh inning and was solid, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk over 2 innings work, striking out 1 batter.

Staten Island’s first run came in the form of the Bridge’s solo shot in the fourth inning. They then went on to plate two more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Ryan Krill started it off with a walk, followed by a Kevin Alexander single to right. Junior Valera then placed a perfect sacrifice bunt down the third base line to move both runners up 90 feet. Jeff Hendrix, Kyle Holder and Griffin Gordon then earned back-to-back-to-back walks to load the bases and score two runs. With just one out the Yankees were unable to bring home any more runs as after a pitching change Jake Hernandez and Drew Bridges recorded outs to end the inning.

Left-hander Jonny Drozd was the final pitcher in the game for the Staten Island Yankees. The young prospect threw 1 inning and walked just 1.

Griffin Gordon, Drew Bridges, Brandon Wagner and Kevin Alexander each recorded a hit in the game. Jeff Hendrix worked 3 walks in the leadoff spot. On Monday these two teams will go at it again with Domingo Acevedo on the hill for Staten Island, game time is 7:00pm.

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