STATEN ISLAND, NY – Staten Island Yankees right-handed pitcher, Domingo Acevedo, was dominate as he led the Baby Bombers to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Tri-City Valley Cats to open the final home series of the season. Acevedo sat mostly 96-98 miles per hour with his fast ball for most of the night but hit 100 MPH twice on the gun in the game.
Domingo earned the win after going 6 shutout innings, throwing a total of 91 pitches. It was the most pitches he has thrown all season. Aside from his last inning, Ace looked fantastic on the mound and pitched with confidence. He was not afraid to attack the strike zone against a very good Tri-City team. In his last inning, the pitches began to catch up to him as he started to have trouble commanding the strike zone, throwing a total of 19 pitches that inning with 7 for balls. The win was his third win the season, he has yet to record a loss. Acevedo was just 2 strikeouts shy of his career high, striking out a total of 8 Valley Cat hitters.
Ryan Krill and Junior Valera led the Staten Island Yankees at the plate, both with 3 hits in the game. Valera earned 2 of the 3 Yankees RBIs. The first 2 runs of the game came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ryan Krill started the inning off with a ground ball double to right and came home on a 1-out single to center by Junior Valera. With 2 outs Kyle Holder pulled off a beautiful bunt down the third base line that allowed him to reach the base safely with a hit and moved Junior to second. Zack Zehner then line a single to center to bring home Valera and give Staten Island a 2-0 lead over Tri-City.
The Yankees added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth for good measure. Kevin Cornelius singled to start the inning, moved to second on a passed ball then to third on a single by Thairo Estrada before scoring on Junior Valera’s ground ball single to right field.
Lefty, Jonny Drozd came into the game in the seventh inning and allowed just 2 hits over the final 3 innings of the game, striking out 3 batters for the save.
Thursday night New York Yankees first round pick James Kaprielian will get the start with second round pick Jeff Degano coming in relief as the Staten Island Yankees look to keep the winning ways going.