Higashioka Leads Yankees to First Place in the McNamara Division

 September 2, 2009 – The Staten Island Yankees played comeback kids twice against the visiting Aberdeen Ironbirds to take first place in the McNamara Division.  With the win the Baby Bombers continue their longest winning streak in team history, stretching it to 12 consecutive games.

 The Aberdeen Ironbirds got an early lead when they plated a single run in the top of the second.  They added some insurance in the fourth to give them a 2-0 lead over the Staten Island Yankees.

 Aberdeen remained on top until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Baby Bombers came back to tie the game at 2.  Francisco Santana led off the inning with a line double to left field before Justin Milo drew a walk.  A wild pitch allowed the runners to move up a base and a throwing error by the catcher allowed Santana to score and Milo to move to third.  After a one-out walk to Luke Murton, Zoilo Almonte singled to bring in Milo and tie the game at 2.

 The game remained tied until the top of the tenth inning when two Yankee errors allowed Aberdeen to take a 4-2 lead.

 Adam Warren started the game for the Yankees, tossing 5 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 6.  Warren sat in between 90-93 with his fastball, he topped out at 94 in the third inning.  The young right-hander threw 75 pitches, 49 of them for strikes.

 Griffen Bailey and Gavin Brooks followed him, each tossing 2 shutout innings a piece.  Ryan Flannery earned the win throwing 24 pitches in the tenth allowing 2 unearned runs thanks to errors on shortstop Carmen Angelini and third baseman Kelvin Castro.

 In the bottom of the tenth the Yankees made yet another comeback.  Justin Milo, DeAngelo Mack, and Luke Murton had back-to-back walks.  Zoilo Almonte then had a clutch groundball single to right on the fifth pitch of the bat to tie the game up again at 4.  Kyle Higashioka with a single gives the Yankees the win and first place in the McNamara Division.

 Notes:  Shaeffer Hall, Arodys Vizcaino and Francisco Rondon are out for the rest of the year.  Hall and Rondon had tightness in their arms while Vizcaino had tightness in his back.  Neil Medchill has sat out the past few games with a sore rest and is expected to return to the lineup tomorrow.  Sean Black is expected to make the start tomorrow for the Baby Bombers; game time is 7:00pm.

Robert M. Pimpsner

Robert joins Gotham Baseball after spending 7 1/2 years as the owner and senior writer for Baby-Bombers.com providing independent coverage of the Staten Island Yankees and their alumni for thousands of visitors. In July of 2009 he joined Gotham Baseball, bringing his coverage of the Baby Bombers.

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