On Thursday night, at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in St. George, the Staten Island Yankees continued their recent slide by dropping the second game of a three-game series to the Lowell Spinners (Boston Red Sox). Lowell scored a run in seven of the nine innings en route to a 11-4 win. It was the first win for Lowell against Staten Island in five meetings this year. With the loss, Staten Island has now dropped six of its last eight games.
It was bad at the onset for the Baby Bombers when starting pitcher Sean Carley (0-2, 9.00), gave up a double and an infield single to the first two batters respectively. On the next batter, Bryce Brentz hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Danny Mars to give the Spinners a 1-0 lead. In the top of the second inning, Alixion Suarez hit a triple off the wall in dead center to score Jordan Betts and extend the lead to 2-0.
The following inning would end up being the final inning of the night for Carley. After the Spinners scored a run via a leadoff single by Mars and two errors, one by Vicente Conde and one by Connor Spencer that allowed a run to score, Jordan Betts would hit a double to left field, scoring Sam Travis to make it 4-0, Lowell. In his second loss of the season, Carley gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits in 2.2 innings, striking out two and walking one.
As for the Staten Island bats, they did not have a great night against Lowell starter, Heri Quevedo (5-3, 7.69). After scoring eight runs against Quevedo, who pitched out of the bullpen on July 10, the Baby Bombers managed just four hits against the right-hander over seven innings. He struck out six batters and walked one to record his fifth win of the season.
Even when Carley came out of the game, the runs did not stop for the Spinners. In the top of the fifth inning, Betts would follow his RBI double in the third with a two-run homer to left field off of reliever Dillon McNamara. It was Betts’ seventh home run of the season and the score became 6-0. These were the only two runs McNamara gave up in 3.1 innings of relief.
After scoring a run in the seventh via a RBI single by Mauricio Dubon against Andury Acevedo, the Spinners would score three runs in the eighth, two coming off of Acevedo and one off of reliever Tim Giel. This included a wild pitch by Giel that scored Mars and a two-run single to right field by Sam Travis to put Lowell into double digits with a 10-0 lead.
Staten Island did score three runs in the bottom of eighth against reliever Mario Alcantara. After loading the bases with nobody out, Luis Torrens and Ty McFarland would hit back-to-back singles to get the Baby Bombers on the board. Isaias Tejeda would hit into a double play, but plated a run to cut the deficit to 10-3. The Spinners got a run back in the top of the ninth on a solo shot by Suarez, his first of the season, for a 11-3 lead.
In the end, a Devyn Bolasky sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning was not enough for Staten Island as they ultimately would lose the game by the aforementioned 11-4 score. Third baseman Renzo Martini had the only extra-base hit of the night for the Yankees, a double to leadoff the sixth inning. Ultimately, Lowell got a hit from everyone in their order, including three-hit games by Mars, Travis, and Suarez.
The two teams will play the rubber game of this three-game series tonight at 7:05 PM. Matt Borens (0-1, 6.88) will get the ball for the Baby Bombers in his fifth start of the season against the Spinners’ Reed Reilly.