AUBURN, NY – After a long bus ride from Aberdeen the Staten Island Yankees were able to take the first game of their 3-game set by the score of 3-1.
Staten Island struck first, scoring a run in both the first and second inning. Kyle Holder lined a 1-out single to left, stole second and then scored on a double by Girffin Gordon, giving the Yankees an early 1-0 lead. The next inning, Thairo Estrada reached on a throwing error that allowed him to also move to second base, he moved over to third on a ground out by Eduardo de Oleo and scored on an infield single by Junior Valera.
Luis Cedeno earned his third win of the season after throwing 6 innings of 1-run ball. He threw just 61 pitches and allowed only 2 hits while striking out 2 batters. He was followed by Mark Seyler who allowed a hit and a walk in his inning of work. Will Carter was next on the hill, striking out 1 and allowing a hit in an inning of work.
The Baby Bombers added their third run in the top of the seventh inning. Thairo Estrada started it off when he lined a single into left, he moved to second on a while pitch and then to third when Junior Valera lined a single to right field. Junior Valera then singled into right field, bringing home Estrada, and earning himself the RBI.
Michael Schaub earned his first save of the season. Throwing 12 pitches in a shutout ninth inning, retiring all 3 batters he faced.
These two teams meet again in game 2 of the series on Sunday. With left-handed pitcher Derek Callahan will get the ball for the Staten Island Yankees.