STATEN ISLAND – Who needs rest when you’ve got Jorge Guzman on the mound?
One night after suffering a tough 12-inning loss to the Lowell Spinners, the Staten Island Yankees bounced right back on Tuesday morning and ended their six-game homestand on a high note with a 2-1 victory over those same Spinners (13-21).
Guzman got the ball for the Yankees (24-11) and led the winning-effort as he overmatched Lowell’s lineup for six strong innings of work where he only surrendered four hits and two walks, while not giving up a run and fanning nine. Guzman’s fastball flashed triple-digits throughout the final five frames of his outing (with a high of 102 mph), and he also never threw a pitch with a runner in scoring position.
Staten Island’s offense once again was limited, but the Yankees made the most of their four hits in the game. With the bases loaded and just one out in the second inning, No. 9 hitter Welfrin Mateo lifted a ball into right field for a sac-fly that scored catcher Keith Skinner from third.
Then, in the bottom of the seventh, after Lowell had tied the game at one with an unearned run in the top of the inning, the Yankees put their speed and aggressiveness on display again. Wilkerman Garcia – who extended his hitting streak to seven games on Tuesday – scored all the way from first base on a two-out RBI double off the bat of first baseman Dalton Blaser to give Staten Island the lead for good.
Eduardo Rivera (1-1) and Brian Trieglaff (S, 5) combined to pitch shutouts over the final two innings and secure the win for Staten Island.
The Yankees completed their homestand with a 4-2 mark and also won their eighth series on the season. They are 8-1-3 in series overall this year.
After an off-day on Wednesday, Staten Island will hit the road for Tri-City to begin a four-game road trip starting on Thursday night.