A strong start for Staten Island Yankees pitcher Evan Rutckyj combined with timely hits and a patient approach at the plate equaled a 7-2 victory over the visiting Aberdeen Ironbirds. With the win the Baby Bombers moved out of last place in the McNamara Division.
Aberdeen started the scoring off plating a run in the top of the first inning off of Rutckyj.
The ‘Birds would not remain on top for long as in the bottom half of the inning Staten Island would plate three runs. Matt Snyder walked to lead off the inning, after Ravel Santana struck out, Jackson Valera singled to put men at first and second. Snyder was picked off at second when Jamiel Orozco missed judged the count and start going down to first thinking he walked but had a 3-2 count. With two-out now Jamiel Orozco walked to bring up Fu-Lin Kuo who cleared the bases on a line drive double to centerfield. Kuo came around to score after Daniel Lopez lined a single to left.
In the bottom of the fourth inning the Yanks would plate another run when Jamiel Orozco was hit-by-the-pitch and went to second on a single by Fu-Lin Kuo. Kuo was thrown out trying to make it into second base. With an out and Daniel Lopez at the plate, Aberdeen pitcher Sander Beck threw a wild pitch to bring home Orozco giving Staten Island a 4-1 lead.
Staten Island added one more to the run column in the bottom of the fifth inning thanks to a solo homerun to right field by Saxon Butler.
The Ironbirds would plate a second run off of starter Evan Rutckyj in the top of the seventh inning but that is all they would get off the lefty. Rutcky left the game after six and two-third innings of work, striking out four batters, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. He threw a total of 94 pitches and was hitting 89-91MPH on the radar gun with his fastball.
The Baby Bombers added one more insurance run in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs. Jackson Valera singled and then moved to second when Jamiel Orozco walked to bring up Fu-Lin Kuo. Kuo would get his third RBI of the game when he sent a fly ball into left field for a single and giving Staten Island a 6-2 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth Staten Island . Danny Oh worked a lead-off walk, after a strike out by Jose Rosario, Saxon Butler would ground a ball into right field for a single. With men at first and second Matt Snyder came up to the plate, and the first pitch was a passed ball that would move the runners up. With first base open the Ironbirds intentionally walked Snyder to bring up Ravel Santana. Santana worked a bases-loaded walk to force home a run and give the Yankees a commanding 7-2 lead.
Stefan Lopez pitched a third of an inning for the Staten Island Yankees without allowing a hit or a walk. He was followed by Conor Mullee who had a five-pitch inning before Charlie Basford came in for the ninth inning. Basford allowed just a hit in his inning of work.
Tomorrow night these two teams will meet again with Andrew Benak scheduled to take the hill.