BROOKLYN, NY – There is one thing for sure in this young NY-Penn League season, Jhalan Jackson’s power is real. For the second consecutive game Jackson hit a monstrous shot over the left field fence for a two-run homerun. He continued, plating two more runs later in the game on a double.
Right-handed pitcher Luis Cedeno got the start for the Baby Bombers and became the first Staten Island pitcher since 2012 to pitch into the seventh inning. Cedeno allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, on five hits and two walks and struck out three. He mixed his pitches well in his start.
The Yankees got on the board early in the second inning thanks to Jackson’s homerun that cleared the lights at MCU Park. The jack plated Drew Bridges who lined a single to left just before Jackson came up to the plate.
The Baby Bombers cemented their lead in the top of the third thanks to some good old fashioned station-to-station baseball. Jeff Hendrix started it off reaching on a fielding error by the Brooklyn second baseman then Kyle Holder singled on a ground ball to center that brought Hendrix to third. Thairo Estrada then singled to right to bring home Hendrix and move to Holder to second. Ty McFarland popped a single to third base, loading the bases for Jake Hernandez who then grounded a single to short, plating Holder and leaving the bases loaded for Drew Bridges who lined a single to left. Jhalan Jackson then lined a double to deep right field to plate McFlarland and Hernandez also bringing Bridges to third. After a strikeout Griffin Gordon grounded out to second to plate Bridges.
Brooklyn plated single runs in the second, third and fifth innings but could not get a sustained rally going. There was some confusion in the seventh inning when Jhon Morban came into the game for Staten Island. Morban was added to the Yankees roster just before they arrived at MCU Park for the game. The right-hander pitched 2.2 innings, allowing just one hit and one walk.
Sunday afternoon these two teams will go back at it as they meet in the rubber game of the three-game series. Matt Borens is the scheduled starter for the Yankees.