On Saturday night, the Staten Island Yankees (18-17) got on the board first against the Jamestown Jammers (15-19) and they did not look back. Via a four-run first inning, the Baby Bombers were able to halt the Jammers’ seven game win streak with a 7-1 win.
The scoring started in the bottom of the first inning. It was an inning that began with a nine-pitch leadoff walk by shortstop Jose Javier. After Luis Torrens hit a ball to right field that was dropped by Jamestown right fielder Michael Suchy, it was second and third with no out. That set the stage for the game’s first run that was scored by Staten Island second baseman Ty McFarland on a single to right field that scored Javier.
After a Christopher Breen sacrifice fly made it 2-0, catcher Isaias Tejeda would follow up two batters later with a single to center that scored McFarland and Austin Aune. While Tejeda was thrown out at second on the play, the score was still 4-0 Staten Island after the first inning. All four runs were scored against Jamestown starter, Alex McRae, who gave up four earned runs (five total) on seven hits in five innings of work, striking out three and walking two in the loss. McRae’s record drops to 0-2 for the year
In the bottom of the third inning, Tejeda would add on another RBI with a double to left field that scored Breen to extend the lead to 5-0. Tejeda would end up finishing the night going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI’s, and a run scored in the victory. Although he hadn’t played in a game since July 14th up until tonight, the single in the first inning extended his hitting streak to 14 games on the season.
“He [Tejeda] had good at-bats all night,” said manager Mario Garza. “It’s hard not to play every day and perform the way he has. We are very proud of him for that.”
As for the starting pitching, it was Sean Carley (0-0, 2.57) on the mound for Staten Island. In Carley’s second start of the season, he kept the Jammers off the board by throwing three innings of one-hit ball. He did not strike out or walk a batter in his outing. Carley was able to finish this game after having his last start against State College suspended mid-game on July 13th due to rain.
“He did a really nice job pounding the zone today,” remarked Garza on Carley’s start. “He maintained a steady tempo. I thought that was important for him. He looked very under control tonight.”
Dillon McNamara (1-1, 3.27) would take the ball from Carley and continue the solid pitching. McNamara threw 3.2 innings of relief, giving up one run on four hits with one strikeout to get the win and improve his record to 1-1. It is his The only RBI given up by the 22-year-old righty was a RBI groundout by designated hitter Jordan Luplow in the top of the sixth.
Staten Island would add on two runs in the bottom of the inning. After Tejeda led off the inning with a ground-rule double to left field, third baseman Renzo Martini would hit a single to right field that scored Tejeda, making the score 6-1. Two batters later, first baseman Austin Jones would single to left field, scoring right fielder Nathan Mikolas to make it 7-1.
In the win, Luis Torrens, who was the designated hitter Saturday night, picked up a single in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. Torrens is hitting .404 this month with one home run and three RBI’s. Ty McFarland had two hits as well, giving him 2+ hits in three of his last four games.
Staten Island and Jamestown will continue their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 PM ET at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in St. George. Matt Borens (0-1, 5.23) will get the start for the Baby Bombers against the Jammers’ Montana DuRapau (0-0, 1.64).