When you’re staked with a ten run deficit before after an inning and a half, your chances of winning the game are not very good. That’s exactly what the Staten Island Yankees faced today and although they couldn’t come back to win it, they did make it a game and were able to get the tying run on deck in the ninth in their 11-8 loss.
The day started with Taylor Morton. He’s still dealing with his velocity issues (only sitting 86-89 with the heater), but he couldn’t locate it this time out either. He allowed back-to-back-to-back triples to lead off the game and allowed the next six hitters to reach base, including a Grand Slam. The Crosscutters actually batted around before an out was recorded. He was falling behind hitters and then laying pitches in there for the to tee off on. Just really bad around.
Luckily, the bullpen was able to keep the team in the game to a certain extent. Derek Varnadore, Evan DeLuca, and Dietrich Enns combined to allow one unearned run on six hits over seven innings. They allowed their share of base runners, but they worked themselves in out of trouble time and time again. Another solid job by them.
The offense also was once again rolling. Every hitter in the lineup had a hit led by Claudio Custodio who had three and stole a base. Saxon Butler has two of his own including a double and a homer while Taylor Dugas and Exicardo Cayones each added doubles also. Guys like Custodio, Matt Duran, and even Ravel Santana are all starting to put together more quality at-bats and seeing more pitches, which is something that manager Justin Pope mentioned in the post game.
The Yankees and Crosscutters will play the rubber game of this three game set tomorrow and Staten Island will continue to try to build on their increasingly good play.