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Staten Island Continues to Struggle with 5-3 loss

The bad luck continues for the Staten Island Yankees as the defending champs loss an extra-inning affair to the visiting Jamestown Jammers to start off a six-game home stand. A crowd of 4,973 braved the heat and the humidity to support the home team but no matter how hard they cheered the Yankees recorded their twelfth loss of the season.

The bright spot in the game came from some solid pitching by Yankees starter Gabriel Encinas who is working his way back from an oblique injury. The right-hander threw a total of 64 pitches in 5 innings allowing three runs on six hits and a walk. He went as high as 92 MPH with his fastball but sat mostly in the 88-91 MPH range.

The Jammers were the first to get on the board, plating a single run in both the third and fourth inning but the Baby Bombers would plate their first run in the bottom of the fourth. Saxon Butler legged out a triple on a fly ball to right field and came home to score on an RBI ground out by Matt Snyder.

The Jamestown lead did not last for much longer as the Staten Island Yankees went ahead in the bottom of the fifth. With one out Danny Oh singled on an infield base hit to third and then went to second on a throwing error by the third baseman. A line drive single to center by Jamiel Orozco put men at the corners for Danny Lopez who then lined a single to right for an RBI. Taylor Dugas then walked to load the bases and after the second was made Saxon Butler worked a bases loaded walk to force home a run.

Derek Varnadore came into the game in the sixth inning to take over on the mound for Staten Island. The righty was touched a run on a walk and a base hit but did strike out five of the 11 batters he faced. The run he allowed tied the game up at three in the top of the eighth inning.

In the top of the ninth inning Taylor Garrison took over on the mound allowing a hit and striking out one in two innings of shutout baseball. He was followed by left-hander Eric Erickson who pitched the eleventh and twelfth innings for Staten Island. Erickson allowed two runs in the twelfth inning to take the loss. Over all he allowed two runs on three hits and a walk.

Tonight the Jamestown Jammers and the Staten Island Yankees will meet up again for the second game of a three-game set at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Evan Rutcktyj is scheduled to make the start for State Island.

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