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SI Yanks Complete Sweep, Move to 5-0 to Start Season

The Staten Island Yankees only needed 2 hours and 24 minutes to add to their historic start to the 2016 season, sweeping Aberdeen IronBirds to with their fifth consecutive game to open the season.  This is the first time in team history that the team has accomplished the feat.

The Yankees struck first with 2-outs in the bottom of the first inning when Mandy Alvarez singled, move to second on a walk and came home to score on a single to right by Timmy Robinson.

The score remained there until the bottom of the fifth inning.  Ricardo Ferreira singled to start it off, then stole second base and moved to third on an errant throw by the catcher.  Mandy Alvarez then singled to center, bringing Ferreira home.  Alvarez stole second base and came home on a single by Timmy Robinson, giving Staten Island a 3-0 lead.

Simon De La Rosa got the start for the Baby Bombers, he is considered by many a sleeper prospect in the system, and earned the victory.  He threw 6 innings allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4.  In total he threw 73 pitches with 45 of them being strikes.  Throughout his start he sat mostly at 91-92 miles per hour with his fastball, topping out at 93 MPH.

He was lifted for Kolton Mahoney in the seventh inning.  Mahoney was touched for 2 runs, 1 in the eighth and 1 in the ninth but only 1 was earned.  In total he walked 1 batter and allowed 4 hits while striking out 2 in 2 2/3 innings.  For the last out the Yankees went to the flamethrower Eduardo Rivera who earned his first save of the year with 5 pitches, 3 strikes, hitting as high as 95 MPH on the radar gun.

At the plate Staten Island had multi-hit games from several players.  Ricardo Ferreira, Mandy Alvarez, Kane Sweeny, and Timmy Robinson all had 2 hits apiece.  Kendall Coleman and Keith Skinner each had 1 hit.

Wednesday night the Staten Island Yankees will take on the West Virginia Black Bears in a rematch from the 2015 New York-Penn League Championship Series.  Both teams are currently undefeated to start the season.  Adonis Rosa is expected to start the game for the Yankees.

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