STATEN ISLAND, NY – Behind strong pitching and timely hitting the Staten Island Yankees successfully split a brief two-game series with the first place Hudson Valley Renegades. With it being the last time these two teams will face-off in the regular season the Baby Bombers were eager to cut into the big lead the ‘Gades have in the division.
The Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Connor Spencer led off with single and then went to third on a one-out double by Renzo Martini. After a pop out by Nathan Mikolas, David Lopez sent a fly ball to right for a RBI single and giving Staten Island a one-run lead. Devyn Bolaksy then reached over the plate to smack the ball on the ground to the shortstop for an infield single to bring home Martini.
Staten Island added another run in the bottom of the third inning. Ty McFarland singled to left, stole second and moved to third on a single to left by Chris Breen before scoring on a single to center by Connor Spencer. With that run the Baby Bombers were leading the first-place Renegades 3-0.
It was one of the best starts of David Pallaino’s career to earn the win. The tall right-hander went five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks, while striking out eight batters for the second time this season. He was followed by Andury Acevedo who tossed an inning before the rain started to come down. Acevedo had some heat tonight, reaching 97mph on the radar at least once in the game.
After a one-hour and thirty-two minute rain delay the game resumed. Matt Wotherspoon took over on the mound for Acevedo and proceeded to continue the strong pitching performance that the Staten Island Yankees had in the game. Wotherspoon went three innings to earn the save, striking out a career high seven batters in the process.
Tomorrow the Staten Island Yankees start a six-game road trip with two three-game series against the Tri-City Valley Cats and Connecticut Defenders respectively. Jordan Montgomery is expected to make his Baby Bombers debut in the game tomorrow.