On Thursday night, one of the craziest games in the New York-Penn League took place at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in St. George. The Staten Island Yankees had their two-game losing streak snapped to the Hudson Valley Renegades by a score of 10-8. It seems like a high score, and it could have been much higher had the game gone more than six innings. After a 38-minute rain delay, the umpires decided to stop the game midway thru the top of the 7th inning with the game official.
The game started rough for Staten Island as pitcher Giovanny Gallegos, as he gave up four runs in the 1st inning, including a two-run homer by third baseman Ty Young. Gallegos gave up six earned runs on eight hits over the course of three innings.Gallegos ended up throwing 61 pitches, including 25 in the first inning. The reason for this was Staten Island needed a pitcher to give them length after playing two extra-inning games this week.
Hudson Valley had a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the 3rd inning. Then, the Staten Island offense came alive.
The Baby Bombers struck for six runs in the bottom of the third inning, all of the runs coming with two outs. The inning also included six singles. The star of the game for the SI offense was Daniel Lopez. The right fielder went two for three with 2 RBI’s in the loss.
After Staten Island took a 7-5 lead, Hudson Valley countered back with five runs in the top of the 4th inning. SI manager Justin Pope ended up being ejected after two controversial calls in that inning. The first one occurred on a double down the left field line from catcher Oscar Hernandez that ended up getting stuck near the wall by the bullpen. However, the umpire allowed the runner from third base to score to give the Renegades a 8-7 lead. Then, Ty Young hit his second home run of the game off the top of the left field fence and into the trees for a home run. The home plate umpire ruled it a homer, but the third base umpire called it a ground rule double. Once the home plate umpire stuck with his call, an irate Pope came out, and was ejected.
Yanks Go Yard will be covering the Staten Island Yankees again on July 4th when the Baby Bombers take on the Hudson Valley Renegades.