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Yanks Can’t Hold Early Lead, Spikes Win

After a tough loss the night before the Staten Island Yankees fell victim to the same bad luck last night. The Baby Bombers took an early 3-0 lead in the third inning but the bullpen fell victim to timely hitting by State College.

Claudio Custodio started it off with a lead-off single to left, then moved to second when Taylor Dugas worked a walk. A fly out to left by Exicardo Cayones moved both runners up 90-feet. With Peter O’Brien at the plate a passed ball brought home Caludio Custodio and moved Dugas over to third. O’Brien then reached first when he grounded into a fielder’s choice with Dugas being tagged out at the plate.

Up to the plate next was Saxon Butler who lined a double into right field to put men at second and third for Matt Snyder who then cleared the bases with a double of his own to left field.

Corey Black pitched well for the Staten Island Yankees, allowing just two hits in five innings of work while striking out three. He was followed by Andrew Benak who was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on six runs and two walks in two innings. Erik Erickson who allowed a walk in an inning of work with a strike out.

Offensively the Yankees did well with nine hits. Saxon Butler, Matt Snyder and Fu-Lin Kuo had two hits each while Daniel Lopez, Claudio Custodio and Exicardo Cayones each had a hit. However Staten Island continued their struggle with runners in scoring position going just 1-for-8 in that situation and leaving a total of eight runners on base.

Tonight the Yankees look to prevent a sweep with Tim Flight on the mound.

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