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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Right-handed pitcher Luis Cedeno pitched 6 shutout innings, earning the win as the Staten Island Yankees defeated the Hudson Valley Renegades in the second game of a 3-game set. Cedeno allowed just 4 hits and a walk while striking out 3 over his 6 innings of work.
Thario Estrada and Griffin Gordon each had 2 hits apiece in the game while Jake Hernandez accounted for the fifth Yankees hit. Staten Island plated single runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Griffin Gordon started it off with a single to left, moved to second on a 1-out walk to Brandon Wagner. Both runners moved up 90 feet when Travis Ott threw a wild pitch. Jhalan Jackson then brought home Gordon on a RBI ground out to short.
In the third inning Zack Zehner walked and moved to second when Jeff Hendrix lined a ball off the pitcher Ott, who fielded the ball to throw Hendrix out at first. Kyle Holder then reached base on a fielder’s choice play that saw Zehner thrown out at third base. Thairo Estrada then singled to move Holder to third for Griffin Gordon. Gordon earned the RBI on a line drive single to right field that brought home Holder. Estrada was thrown out at third to end the inning.
The final Yankees run came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jake Hernandez started it off with a single, moved to second on a walk to Brandon Wagner. A wild pitch by Travis Ott moved the runners to second and third with no outs. After a strike out by Jhalan Jackson, Eduardo de Oleo walked to load the bases for Zack Zehner who hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Hernandez.
Mark Seyler pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 2 batters. He was followed by Josh Roeder who earned the save after 1 and 2/3 innings of work where he allowed just a hit and struck out 2.
These two teams will meet in the rubber game on Monday night with Derek Callahan on the mound for the Staten Island Yankees.
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[Pre-Game] Staten Island Seeks to Light Fireworks A Day Late
By: Geoff Magliocchetti
Independence Day saw a pitcher’s duel break out at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, but unfortunately for the Staten Island Yankees, they were unable to capture that extra spark, as they fell 3-1 to the Hudson Valley Renegades in the first of a three game set.
Griffin Gordon accounted for the entirety of the Staten Island (9-7) offense, as his RBI double in the bottom of the 4th inning scored Kyle Holder to tie the game at 1. Domingo Acevedo struck out seven over five innings, allowing no hits through his first three frames. Hudson Valley (8-7) took the lead for good on Nic Wilson’s solo home run, his first of the season. Brad Wallace (2-0) allowed one hit and struck out six over 4 ⅓ innings to pick up the win in relief.
In this afternoon’s game, Luis Cedeno (1-1, 1.88 ERA) is slated to start on the mound for the Yankees. Cedeno will make his third start of the season for Staten Island, having previously gone 3-6 with a 3.52 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) with Charleston earlier in the season. The Venezuelan right hander’s previous outing came on June 30, earning a save in relief of Derek Callahan in a 5-3 victory over State College. Cedeno went three innings, giving up three hits while striking out three as well. His last start came on June 25, charged with the loss in a 6-0 defeat to Tri-City. He lasted five innings, allowing four runs (one earned) and striking out seven. Hudson Valley’s starter was not available as of press time.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 PM.