AUBURN, NY – The Staten Island Yankees bats came alive to take the second game of a 3-game series with the Auburn Doubledays. With the win the Yankees take the series from the Doubledays and now look to go for the sweep on Monday night.
Staten Island jumped on the board early plating 4 runs in the top of the first inning. Jeff Hendrix started the game off with a ground ball single off the first baseman into right field. With 1-out he stole second and moved to third on a passed ball before Thairo Estrada walked. Hendrix scored on a line drive single by Jhalan Jackson. With Jackson at first and Estrada at second the Auburn pitcher threw a wild pitch to move both runners up 90 feet. Jake Hernandex then walked to load the bases. After a fly out Eduardo de Oleo hit a double to center that cleared the bases, scoring Estrada, Jackson and Hernandez.
Derek Callahan got the start for the Baby Bombers and pitched well. Over 6 2/3 innings he threw 94 pitches and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. He struck out just 1 batter but earned his third win of the season. Cody Hamlin pitched an inning and a third, allowing 2 hits before Jose Mesa took over. Mesa made his Staten Island Yankees debut after being promoted from the Gulf Coast League. He pitched a perfect inning of work, retiring all 3 batters he faced.
The Yankees scored 3 runs in the top of the eighth inning. Thiaro Estrada started the inning off with a homerun to left. Jake Hernandez singled to left, moved to second on a 1-out passed ball before Eduardo de Oleo homered to bring him home. With those 3 runs Staten Island now had a 7-3 lead.
With the win and a Brooklyn loss the Staten Island Yankees are now 2 games behind the Brooklyn Cyclones for first place in the McNamara Division. On Monday night the Yankees will attempt to go for the sweep with Matt Borens scheduled to take the mound for Staten Island.