The bats came alive once more for the Staten Island Yankees as they defeated the Lowell Spinners 8-3 in the second game of a three-game set to take the series. Matt Snyder continued his hot hitting going 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs and a run scored.
Staten Island struck early and never looked back, plating their first three runs in the top of the third inning. With two-outs Saxon Butler lined a double into right field then went to third when Peter O’Brien reached first on a fielding error. Both runners who come home to score on a mammoth homerun down the right field line by first baseman Matt Snyder.
The Spinners plated single runs in the third and sixth inning but the Baby Bombers added two more in the top of the seventh to make sure they stayed on top. Saxon Butler started it off with a double to right then moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Peter O’Brien single to center. O’Brien then went to second on a Matt Snyder Single and both runners would move up when Ravel Santana bunted for a base hit safely. With the bases loaded and no outs Jamiel Orozco grounded into a double play to bring home O’Brien.
The Staten Island Yankees were not done yet as they plated another three runs in the top of the eighth. Claudio Custodio and Taylor Dugas had singles to start the inning then both moved up 90-feet on a ground out by Exicardo Cayones. Saxon Butler was then intentionally walked before Peter O’Brien reached on a force attempt that brought home Custodio and Dugas. Butler moved to third on the play and score when Matt Snyder lined a single to left.
Matt Snyder lead the offense going 4-for-4, he was followed by Claudio Custodio who went 3-for-5. Saxon Butler and Ravel Santana each had two hits while Matt Duran, Peter O’Brien and Taylor Dugas each had one hit.
Gabe Encinas got the start, he allowed a run on three hits and five walks in four inning. Encinas was clocked as high as 95 MPH in the game. Andrew Benak followed him going two and two-third innings allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Erik Erickson was next on the mound, earning the win in an inning and a third of shutout ball. Taylor Garrison closed it out with an inning of one-hit ball.
Staten Island will attempt their first sweep of the season tonight with Evan Rutckyj scheduled to make the start.