STATEN ISLAND – Just forget about this one.
The Staten Island Yankees (20-10) dropped a 9-2 decision to the Hudson Valley Renegades (13-16) at home on Thursday night in a game that will not be showing up on any highlight-reels anytime soon – or ever.
“I don’t even know what happened there,” said Staten Island Manager Julio Mosquera. “We just made some mistakes and the game got out of hand.”
Yankees’ starter Drew Finley was plagued by the longball early as he surrendered a solo shot in the third inning and then a two-run home run in the fourth to put Staten Island in a 4-0 hole.
“I thought he did all right today,” Mosquera said of his starter. “He was aggressive and he was attacking hitters, but he was elevated in the zone a couple of times and he paid for it. But overall, I thought he battled out there today.”
In the fifth, things went from bad to worse for the Yankees in a hurry. Staten Island committed three errors in the inning as the Renegades scored five times to take a 9-0 lead and all but put the game away.
“In this game it’s good that this happens to you sometimes – just to see how you bounce back tomorrow,” Mosquera said. “It’s a good teachable moment for these guys and we’ll see how they react tomorrow.”
Finley – whose fastball topped out at 91 mph and breaking ball was as low as 85 mph – lasted only 4 1/3 innings, but his inherited runners scored (one on an error), so his final line was a dreadful: nine hits, seven runs (six earned), three walks and four strike outs.
After getting out of the fifth, Yankees’ reliever David Padilla settled things down for Staten Island. He did not surrender a hit or a walk over his final 2 2/3 innings of work.
The Yankees’ offense struggled in this game. They finished with a just a total of five hits and at one point had 10 of 11 batters retired.
“That was great by Palladino,” Mosquera said. “He settled down and threw a heck of a ball today. You know, it’s tough to go pitch like that and he competed. He gave us some great innings and he shut everything down, so I tip my hat off to him.”
If there was a bright spot in this game for the Yankees though, it came in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Tim Robinson stepped to the dish with one on and two outs and he cranked a home run over the high wall in straightaway-centerfield to break up the shutout.
“You saw it last year, he is capable of doing that all the time,” Mosquera said when asked about Robinson. “He’s one swing away from changing a game. He was struggling a little bit, so it was good to see that.”
The Yankees – in the midst of their first three-game skid of the season – will now look to get back on track on Friday night when they continue this three-game set with the Renegades. First pitch at Richmond County Bank Ballpark is set for 7 p.m.
“It’s up to me to motivate them now,” Mosquera said. “We just gotta keep going, this is where you find out what they’re made of. You just gotta bounce back. We’re not gonna win every game, we’re gonna lose some games and the key is how you bounce back.
“It’s time for them to bounce back now.”