After an off day on Tuesday, the Staten Island Yankees, at 24-27, are about to get set for a six-game road trip against the Batavia Muckdogs and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. This past week, the Baby Bombers went 2-5, pushing their deficit in the New York Penn-League Wild Card standings to three games behind the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Connecticut Tigers.
With the exception of a sloppy game against the Lowell Spinners on July 31st, Staten Island was in a close one almost every game this week, but had the inability to close it out. Six of the seven games played this past week were decided by three runs or less. One example of this was Monday morning’s game when David Palladino gave up a game-tying, two-out, solo homer in the top of the ninth. Staten Island would end up losing the game in ten innings.
This week, the borough saw Ty Hensley make his first two starts with the team. Hensley was the Yankees’ first round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. Through two starts, he has given up seven runs in 5.2 innings pitched, but has seven strikeouts. It will be interesting to see how the 21-year-old develops after he missed all of 2013 due to hip surgery.
Catcher/center fielder Collin Slaybaugh also had a solid week as he has the longest hitting streak on the team (eight games) and has a RBI in each of the three games he has played in this month.
Before Staten Island begins their series tonight against Batavia, here are my top five players from this past week’s action, with most of them being pitchers as opposed to last week.