August 30, 2009 – It was a home coming of sorts for Yankees outfielder Justin Milo. Milo played his college ball at the University of Vermont, where the Vermont Lake Monsters play their home games, where returned to with his new club riding an eight game winning streak to open a three-game set. The home coming was a good one for the 5-8 180lbs Milo who raised his average to .300 with the Baby Bombers this season.
Milo was one of six Staten Island Yankees who had two hits in the contest. He was joined by Jimmy Paredes, Zoilo Almonte, Kyle Higashioka, Carmen Angelini, and the returning Francisco Santana. Luke Murton and DeAngelo Mack also connected for hits in the game.
Staten Island was the first to get on the board plating a run in the first winning. Jimmy Paredes drew a leadoff walk and scored on an RBI double by DeAngelo Mack. The Yankees plated another run in the third inning. Justin Milo started it off with a double then moved to third when DeAngelo Mack and Luke Murton worked back-to-back walks and scored on a RBI double by Kyle Higashioka.
The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Lake Monsters plated an unearned run off of Yankees starter Kelvin Perez. Vermont then tied and took the lead in the sixth when they scored two more runs.
The Baby Bombers took the lead once more in the top of the seventh, plating two on a homerun by Zoilo Almonte that scored Luke Murton. However the lead did not last long as reliever Ronny Marte allowed Vermont to tie the game in their half of the inning.
The game would remain tied at 4 until the top of the ninth inning when Luke Murton singled, advanced to second on a balk and scored on a line drive single to right by Zoilo Almonte to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
That was all the Yankees needed as they called on their closer Ryan Flannery to finish it off. Flannery shutdown the Lake Monsters allowing a hit but earned his sixth save the season. Ronny Marte earned the win for Staten Island.
Notes: Ryan Flannery made his league leading 32ndappearance of the season; his is only 1 game away from tying the Staten Island record set by Matt Brumit in 2002. Tomorrow night these two teams will continue the series at Centennial Field. Relief pitcher Paul Patterson was promoted to Charleston as Francisco Santana returned to the Baby Bombers.