STATEN ISLAND, NY – The Staten Island Yankees started feeling the pinch of the final stretch of the season that sees 5 games in 3 days with the Aberdeen IronBirds. After a double header in Lowell on Saturday that taxed the bullpen and with 2 double headers the next 2 days the Yankees had to conserve their arms and use a catcher as a pitcher.
Luis Cedeno got the start for the Baby Bombers and was impressive as he struck out 7 batters over 6 shutout innings of work, allowing 6 hits and not walking anyone. With the shutout he lowered his 2015 season ERA to 2.60.
Offensively the Yankees were led by leftfielder Trey Amburgey who went 4-for-5 with 2 doubles and a run score. Amburgey raised his batting average to .565 for the season with the perfect performance, this was just after he was named the New York-Penn League player of the week.
Ryan Krill and Trey Amburgey started the scoring off in the bottom of the second inning with back-to-back doubles to left. Krill opened the inning with a fly ball double before Amburgey lined a double to left for the RBI. Amburgey moved to third on a single by Eduardo de Oleo before scoring on a single by Drew Bridges. Kyle Holder then singled on a bunt to load the bases but three straight outs by the top of the order ended the inning before Staten Island could plate more runs.
The Yankees added another run in the bottom of the third when Kevin Cornelius doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out to first by Ryan Krill.
Staten Island would hold onto the lead until the top of the seventh inning when reliever Mark Seyler was touched for 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk. He was lifted after an apparent injury for Travis Hissong who pitched 3 1/3 innings allowing a walk and striking out 5 while not allowing any hits.
Andre Del Bosque took over on the hill in the top of the eleventh inning who threw a shutout inning, allowing a hit and striking out 1. In the top of the thirteenth inning returning catcher Jake Hernandez came into the game and went out to the mound. Hernandez was touched for a run on a hit and a walk, throwing around 88 miles per hour, occasionally hitting 90, taking the loss.
On Tuesday the Staten Island Yankees and Aberdeen IronBirds continue their 5-game series with the first of 2 consecutive double headers. The first game will start at 5pm and is a continuation of a game from Aberdeen which will make the Yankees the road team for the first game. Kolton Mahoney got the start in the original game and is expected to resume his place on the mound with 1 out in the bottom of the first inning. Ethan Carnes will make the start in the second game.