Staten Island Yankees Recap: Baby Bombers Drop 5th Straight Game In Extra Innings


Yesterday, the Staten Island Yankees (19-18) played the second game of their three game series against the Batavia Muckdogs (Miami Marlins) at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark in St. George. The Baby Bombers had a 2-1 lead going into the eighth inning, but the Muckdogs tied it on an error by second baseman Thairo Estrada and they would go on to win 3-2 in ten innings. With the loss, Staten Island has lost five straight games and seven of their last eight.

Batavia got on the board in the first against the Yankees’ starter, right-handed pitcher Kolton Mahoney. With Taylor Munden on second and one out, Stone Garrett hit a RBI single to center to give the Muckdogs a 1-0 lead. Garrett, who is the team’s center fielder, is 5-for-10 with three runs scored and a RBI in this series.

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Two innings later, the Baby Bombers would come back to tie the game. Staten Island had two runners on and two outs when Estrada hit a single to left that drove in Jeff Hendrix from second for Staten Island’s first run against the Marlins’ second round pick in this year’s draft, Brett Lilek.

As for Mahoney, the Yankees’ 16th round pick in this year’s draft out of BYU went four innings, gave up one run on five hits, struck out three, and walked ne on 65 pitches (39 strikes). He has given up no more than one run in any of his four starts this season. Manager Pat Osborn said after the game that Mahoney has been the team’s most consistent starter this season:

"“He [Mahoney] has an idea of what he’s doing and it’s fun to watch. He’s been very consistent and has been a pleasant surprise,” said Osborn about Mahoney."

Staten Island would take the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Krill and Jake Hernandez began the inning with back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners. Krill would come around to score on a sacrifice fly to center by Jhalan Jackson to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. It was Jackson’s 19th RBI of the season, which leads the team.

After Mark Seyler shut out the Muckdogs for three innings (21 of 29 pitches for strikes), Jose Mesa Jr. came into the game to begin the eighth for Staten Island. With Garrett second and two outs, Eric Fisher hit a groundball to second that was bobbled by Estrada. Fisher would beat the throw to first and Garrett would come around second to score and tie the game:

"“The ball was hit slow and it looked like he [Estrada] approached it tentatively. That’s the game,” replied Osborne about the play. “He will be back in there tomorrow and I’m sure he will come up with a big hit or make a great play to give us a chance to win.”"

In the tenth inning, Josh Roeder would give up a leadoff single to Munden and Garrett would reach first as the ball went under Drew Bridges’ glove at third and into left field. With runners at the corners, Brad Haynal hit a sacrifice fly to center to put the Muckdogs ahead, 3-2.

Staten Island had a chance to tie it in the bottom of the inning against reliever Steven Farnworth. With runners on first and second and one out, Zack Zehner struck out swinging. The next batter, Kevin Cornelius, had a chance to win it when the runners advanced a base via a wild pitch, but Cornelius struck out swinging to end the game to give Farnworth his seventh save of the season. Ryley MacEachern (1-0, 5.68) would pick up the win while Roeder (1-1, 2.57) took the loss.

Next Game: Staten Island will look to avoid the sweep tonight against the Muckdogs (13-24). Luis Cedeno (4-2, 2.23) will get the start for the Yankees against Nick White (1-3, 8.06) for Batavia. You can watch the game on MILB.TV.

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