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Dom Thompson-Williams connects for an RBI Double. (Robert M. Pimpsner)

Yankees Take Rubber Game, Tame ‘Gades 8-6

The Staten Island Yankees ended their brief three-game road trip on a high note, defeating the Hudson Valley Renegades 806 to take the rubber game of the series.  With the win the Yankees improve to 3-1 on the season.

The Yankees kicked off the scoring, playing a run in the top of the first inning off Hudson Valley pitcher Hector LopezOswaldo Cabrera was hit by a pitch with one-out and then came all around to score on a throwing error by the pitcher on a pickoff and a throwing error by the Renegades right fielder.

Hudson Valley tied the game up in the bottom of the second inning but the tie would not hold as Staten Island answered with four more runs of their on in the top of the third.  Dom Thompson-Williams lined a double to right before Oswaldo Cabrera walked. 

After a fly out a wild pitch moved both runners up 90-feet for Dalton Blaser.  Blaser worked a walk to load the bases.  Chris Hess popped out for the second out before Carlos Vidal grounded a ball through to right field, scoring Dom Thompson-Williams, Cabrera and Blaser.  Vidal came home on a throwing error by the pitcher on the play, giving the Yankees a 5-1 lead.  Vidal was only credited with two RBIs on the play.

The Renegades did get one run back in the bottom of the third but the Yankees would add another one in the top of the fourth.  Manny Argomaniz lined a single to center, moved to second on a wild pitch and score after two consecutive ground outs. 

Hudson Valley added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth off of Yankees starter Alexander Vargas.  Vargas would complete five full innings, allowing four runs on nine hits.  He struck out three batters and did not allow a walk to the 22 batters he faced to earn the win.

Staten Island added another run to their lead in the top of the sixth inning.  Danienger Perez was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a single by Dom Thompson-Williams and came to score on a single by Oswaldo Cabrera. 

Branden Pinder pitched a scoreless inning of work in the sixth inning, allowing just a hit in his second rehab appearance with the Baby Bombers before Braden Bristo took over.  Bristo was touched for one unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning and an earned run in the bottom of the ninth.   He earned the save throwing three innings in relief

The Yankees answered with a single run scored in the top of the eighth inning.  Manny Argomaniz started the inning off, reaching base on a throwing error by the Hudson Valley second baseman.  He was lifted for Cesar Diaz who stole second and scored on a one-out double by Dom Thompson-Williams. 

It was a big night for Dom Thompson-Williams who had three hits, 2 doubles, and two RBIs in the game.  Oswaldo Cabrera, Carlos Vidal and Kendall Coleman each had two hits while Leonardo Molina, Dalton Blaser, and Manny Argomaniz each had a hit a piece.

Staten Island returns home on Saturday night to open a three-game series with the Aberdeen Ironbirds.  Daniel Alvarez is scheduled to open the series on the mound for the Yankees, while Jhony Brito will pitch on Sunday with Jorge Guzman pitching on Monday. 

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