FISHKILL, NY – Kevin Cornelius and Jhalan Jackson had 2 hits apiece as the Staten Island Yankees defeated the Hudson Valley Renegades in the first game of a 3-game series. With the win and an Aberdeen victory the Yankees added a half a game to their lead as well as knocked Hudson Valley out of second place in the McNamara Division.
Every victory counts this late in the season as the Division is still up for grabs, all four teams separated by just 4 games. The Yankees lead the way with a 34-30 record, sitting 1.5 games above the Aberdeen Ironbirds, 2 games above the Renegades and 4 games above the rival Brooklyn Cyclones. Staten Island is an even 15-15 against division opponents and have a 22-12 record on the road.
Flamethrower Domingo Acevedo got the start for the Baby Bombers and was solid yet again on the mound earning his second victory of the season. The 21-year old lowered his ERA to 1.93 for the season after going 6 innings, allowing a run on 5 gives and 2 walks and striking out 4 batters. In 42 innings this season he has struck out 45 batters and limited opposing hitters to just a .220 batting average against.
Staten Island started off the scoring in the top of the third inning. Jhalan Jackson line a single to center, moved to third on a single by Eduardo de Oleo and scored on a single by Zack Zehner. With Jeff Hendrix at the plate a passed ball allowed both runners to move up 90-feet, putting de Oleo in position to score on a ground out to second by Hendrix.
Hudson Valley plated their first run in the bottom of the fourth inning off of Acevedo but the Yankees added 2 more for insurance in the top of the sixth. With 1-out Jeff Hendrix singled, stole second and then scored on a triple by Trey Amburgey. After a strike out by Thairo Estrada, Kevin Cornelius singled on a ground ball to left field to bring home Amburgey and give the Yankees a 4-1 lead.
Travis Hissong came out of the bullpen in the bottom of the seventh inning, replacing Acevedo who had reached his pitch count. Hissong continued his solid season with 2 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. Michael Schaub earned the save with an inning of work in the ninth, he allowed a run on 2 hit.
Friday night these 2 teams return to the Richmond County Bank Ballpark for game 2 of the series. New York Yankees first round pick James Kaprielian will get the start for the Staten Island Yankees, making his NYC debut.