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SI Yanks Bats Come Alive to Avoid Sweep

Saxon Butler was 2 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs before being taken out of the game.

On a hot and humid day in Coney Island the Staten Island Yankees offense came alive to give the Baby Bombers their first victory of the season.

Saxon Butler led the Yanks with 3 RBIs and two doubles, Jose Rosario had three hits and Taylor Dugas had two. Jackson Valera, Exicardo Cayones, and Matt Duran collected the other three Yankee hits.

The Staten Island Yankees plated their first run in the top of the third inning with one-out Taylor Dugas lined a ball into left field for a single. After Jose Rosario was called out on strike Saxon Butler ripped a double on a liner to left, plating Dugas and giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

Starting the game for the Baby Bombers was Andrew Benak who went four shutout innings allowing eight batters to reach, four on hits and four on walks. He struck out two in the contest. Dietrich Enn followed Benak walking two and allowing a hit in his two innings of work to earn his first win.

Staten Island really opened the game up in the top of the seventh inning, batting around and scoring six runs. Danny Oh and Caludio Custodio had back-to-back walks to start the inning. Both runners would move up when Daniel Lopez hit a sacrifice bunt. No outs were made and Lopes made it to first safely to have the bases loaded for Taylor Dugas. Dugas lined a single to right field to bring in Oh and Cutodio while moving Lopez to third.

Shortstop Jose Rosario then doubled on a fly ball to center to bring in Lopez. Saxon Butler sent a ball to deep center field for a bases-clearing double, increasing the Yankee lead to 6-0. Jackson Valera then grounded out and Exicardo Caynones struck out swinging to put two outs on the board. With Matt Duran at the plate a passed ball allowed Butler to score. After a Duran double and Danny Oh walk the Cyclones went to the bullpen. The new pitcher managed to get Claudio Custodio to strike out swinging to end the inning.

Brooklyn responded in the bottom of the seventh inning with their first run of the game a homerun to left-centerfield by Phillip Evans off of reliever Conor Mullee. Mullee pitched that lone inning allowing just the homerun while striking out one batter.

In the top of the eighth inning Taylor Dugas worked a one-out walk and moved up on a passed ball with Jose Rosario at the plate. Rosario then lined the ball into short right-field for a base hit moving Dugas to third. Heads up base-running by Taylor Dugas allowed him to score on a throwing error by the second baseman that went all the way to the backstop. Saxon Butler was up next and was hit in the wrist with a pitch. Butler left the game with Matt Snyder taking his place on first, Jackson Valera then grounded into a double-play to end the inning.

Stefan Lopes came out to pitch the bottom of the eighth inning for the Staten Island Yankees. Lopes pitched two innings to finish up the game on the hill for the Baby Bombers and give the Yanks their first win of the season.

Tomorrow night the Staten Island Yankees will travel to Fishkill, NY to take on the Hudson Valley Renegades.

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