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Staten Island Yankees designated hitter Brady Steiger watches as the ball goes over the right field video board for his first homerun of 2014. (Robert M. Pimpsner)

Steiger Leads SI Yanks to Victory over ‘Gades

STATEN ISLAND, NY – In front of the first sold out crowd of the season, the Staten Island Yankees combined for 10 runs on 13 hits to win the team’s 500th home games in team history.
The Baby Bombers opened up the scoring early in the first inning.  Devyn Bolasky worked a walk to start the game and with Brady Steiger at the plate he stole second.  Steiger fought off 10 pitches before he took the 11th pitch he saw over the right-field video board for his first homerun of the season.
Staten Island’s lead did not last long as the Renegades were able to place two runs in the top of the second inning.  Hudson Valley would take the lead in the top of the third when they plated one more run on a solo shot by Casey Gillaspie.  Yankees starter Jordan Cote pitched three and a third innings allowing three runs on three hits and a walk.  He struck out just one of the 15 batters he faced.
The Staten Island Yankees would retake the lead once again in the bottom of the third when they plated three more runs.  Devyn Bolasky started it off with a line drive single to left then more to second and third on two consecutive passed balls.  Designated hitter Brady Steiger then lined the ball into center field for an RBI double, his third RBI of the night. After Chris Breen walked, Ty McFarland would send a fly ball down the right field line for a double, scoring Steiger and moving Breen to third.  Renzo Martini would then hit a ground out to the second baseman to bring home Breen.
Hudson Valley added another run in the top of the fifth inning off of Yankees pitcher Elvin Perez.  Perez pitched an inning and two-thirds, allowing just that one run on a hit and a walk.  Conor Mullee was next on the mound for Staten Island, he pitched an inning allowing two runs on two hits and two walks.
Staten Island would once again retake the lead with a bit bottom of the sixth.  After two quick outs, Isaias Tejeda line a single into center, Daneil Lopez singled on a line drive to left, bringing Tejeda to third.  Lopez went to second on the throw.  Tejeda would score and Daniel Lopez move to third on a passed ball by the Renegades catcher.  Devyn Bolasky then hit an infield single to second to bring home Lopez.  With Steiger at the plate, Bolasky stole second and moved to third on an errant throw by the catcher.  Steiger then singled on a line drive to center for his fourth RBI of the game.  Chris Breen doubled on a fly ball to right before Ty McFarland lined a single to center field that brought home both Steiger and Breen.  McFarland was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double.
Andury Acevedo was next on the hill for Staten Island, tossing an inning of hitless ball allowing just a walk while striking out two.  He was followed by Rony Bautsista who went two innings walking one and striking out four.
Tomorrow night is the rubber game of the three-game series in Hudson Valley.  Staten Island native, Dillon McNamara is set to make the start for the Baby Bombers.  The Staten Island Yankees will return home Wednesday night to take on the Hudson Valley Renegades once again.

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