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Bubba Jones with the Staten Island Yankees during the 2014 season. (Robert M Pimpsner)

SI Yanks Bats Come Alive, Beat Birds 5-4

STATEN ISLAND, NY – It was a festive, fun-filled atmosphere at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark as the Staten Island Yankees looked to complete a three-game series with the visiting Aberdeen Ironbirds.  It was 80’s Night at the ballpark, well known 80’s singer Tiffany was in attendance and performed a post-game mini-concert for fans.  Also Baby Bombers employees were dressed in period attire ranging from leg warmers to Miami Vice, and even Pac-Man made an appearance.
The Baby Bombers were the first to get on the board plating two runs in the first inning.  Collin Slaybaugh lined a double to left and moved to third on a fly out to center by Austin Aune.  After Chris Breen struck out swinging, Ty McFarland and Brady Steiger drew back-to-back walks.  Nathan Mikolas then grounded a ball through to left field to pick up two RBIs.  Both Slaybaugh and McFarland scored on the play.
The Ironbirds would get one of those runs back in the top of the second inning when Jonah Heim sent a pitch over the right field wall for a homer.  That would be the lone mistake that Yankees starter David Palladino would make in the game.  Palladino went four innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and three walks.  He also struck out six batters of the 19 batters he faced.
Aberdeen would plate one more run in the top of the fourth when an error prolonged the inning.  In the top of the fifth the Baby Birds would take the lead when Yankees reliever Chad Taylor allowed a run to score.  Taylor went two innings allowing just a run on two hits and a walk while striking out five.
Next on the hill for the Baby Bombers was 2014 draftee Matt Wotherspoon who made his professional debut.  Wotherspoon allowed just two hits in his lone inning of work.  He was followed by Andury Acevedo who allowed a run on two walks in one-third of an inning.
In the bottom of the sixth inning the Staten Island Yankees would take the lead for good.  Tahiro Estrada lead it off with an infield single to shortstop, next to the plate was Bubba Jones.  Bubba took the first pitch he saw deep for the first Baby Bomber homerun of the season and his first homerun at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark.  After Isaias Tejeda was called out on strikes, Collin Slaybaugh singled up the middle, and then stole second.  After a fly out by Austin Aune, first baseman Chris Breen grounded a ball down the line into left to bring home Slaybaugh, giving the Yankees a 5-3 lead.
The Ironbirds would bring the game to within one run in the top of the eighth when Andury Acevedo allowed a run.  Following Acevedo on the mound was Jose Pena, who earned his first save of the year pitching an inning and two-thirds allowing just a hit.
With the win the Baby Bombers move one game back of first place Brooklyn with a 4-3 record.  They remain the league leaders in walks by batters and strikeouts by pitchers.  Tomorrow night they travel up to Fishkill, New York to open a three-game set against the Hudson Valley Renegades.  Right-hander Sam Agnew-Wieland will get the ball, making his second start of the season.

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