On a cool and comfortable night at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George the Staten Island Yankees won their third consecutive game. The Yanks showed patience at the plate as they walked a total of eight times in the game.
Fu-Lin Kuo led the Yankees offense going 2 for 4 with a double, a walk and a RBI. Ravel Santana had the other hit for Staten Island as well as a walk. Matt Snyder also worked two walks in the game while Claudio Custodio, Exicardo Cayones, Saxon Butler, Jackson Valera, and Daniel Lopez reached base via the base on balls.
The Baby Bombers started off the scoring early on in the first inning. Claudio Custodio led off with a walk then moved to second when Exicardo Cayones was hit by the pitch and moved up 90-feet when Saxon Butler grounded out to second. With Ravel Santana at the plate a balk was called that brought in Cutodio and moved Cayones over to third. Santana then grounded a single up the middle for an RBI base hit to give Staten Island a 2-0 lead.
Aberdeen would get one run back in the top of the second off of Yankees starter Andrew Benak. Benak went three innings allowing just that run on four hits and a walk while striking out four. He sat 88-90MPH with his fastball.
Following Benak was Derek Varnadore who threw 41 pitches in three innings, allowing three hits and striking out three. He topped out at 93 MPH on the radar gun and sat 90-91 with his Fastball.
In the bottom of the fourth the Staten Island Yankees added one more to the run column. Fu-Lin Kuo doubled on a fly ball to right and then moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch, putting Staten Island up 3-1.
The Baby Bombers were not done a in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ravel Santana started it off with a walk and after a fly out to center by Matt Snyder he moved to second on a ground out to short by Jackson Valera. A passed ball with Fu-Lin Kuo at the plate moved him over to third and came home on a ground ball single to second by Kuo. With that run the Yankees had a 4-1 lead.
Taylor Garrison pitched the seventh and eighth innings for Staten Island without allowing a run. Nick Goody closed out the game for the Yankees, earning his first save of the season. Derek Varnadore earned the win.
Tomorrow night will be the final game of this three game set, Tim Flight is scheduled to make the start for the Yankees.