Staten Island, NY- The Staten Island Yankees returned home to SI on Thursday night to play host to the Vermont Lake Monsters. The game was more than just a game though as it was a must need contest if the Yankees wanted to not be eliminated from the hunt for the playoffs in the NY-Penn League. The Yankees did just that beating the Lake Monsters nine to one.
The Yankees jumped out to a quick lead in the Bottom of the First plating three runs thanks to an Austin Aune homerun which put the score at three to one. The Yankees would strike for six more runs. Two of them came in the Bottom half of the Fourth and four came in the Bottom of the Fifth.
Staten Island did not just have the bats working against Vermont in the game but also had a great pitching performance from their starter, Jonathan Holder. While Holder did not get the win he did pitch four innings of one run ball. He managed to strike out five and only yielded two hits while walking two.
Vermont did not fare much better in the pitching department as their starter, Cristhian Perez, fell to a season low two and five record on the mound. Overall the Lake Monsters had far less luck on the mound than the Yankees managed to find.
With the win the Yankees managed to just stay alive in the NY-Penn league hunt for the Wild Card. The Yankees did not gain any ground as Brooklyn won their game, but the Yankees were not eliminated. They remain three and a half games out of the wild card and a game away from eliminated.