The Staten Island Yankees couldn’t hold onto an early lead as they dropped the opening game of a three-game set with the State College Spikes.
Rehabbing left-handed pitcher Jeremy Bleich got the start for the Baby Bombers, making his third appearance of the season. Bleich pitched well in his two innings of work, allowing one one hit and striking out two.
Bleich left the game with the Yankees ahead. Staten Island plated their first run of the game in the top of the second inning. With one-out center fielder Ravel Santana sent a ground ball into right field and then came home to score on a RBI double by Matt Snyder.
The Baby Bombers added one more in the top of the third when Daniel Lopez reached base and then went to second on a throwing error to start the inning. After Claudio Custodio sacrificed him over to third Lopez would score on a RBI single by Taylor Dugas.
Evan Rutckyj, the regularly scheduled starter, came into the game in the third inning and finished it out on the mound for Staten Island. He allowed two runs in the third and a run in the fifth to take the loss.
Talor Dugas and Matt Snyder continued their hot hitting with two hits a piece. Dugas had two singles while Snyder legged out two doubles. Ravel Santana and Daniel Lopez had the other two base hits in the game for the Yankees.