SI Yankees Fall to Batavia in 15 Inning Marathon

STATEN ISLAND, NY – In front of an intimate crowd of 1,930 fans the Staten Island Yankees fell to the visiting Batavia Muckdogs in fifteen innings.  By the end of the night only a few people remained and they were treat to the pitching debuts of a couple of the Yankees position players.

Nik Turley started the game for the Baby Bombers allowing two runs to score, one in the first and another in the third, on three this and two walks.  He struck out four out of the 17 batters he faced on 81 pitches.

The Yankees were able to come back and tie the game up in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Kyle Roller started it off reaching first base on a hit by pitch and then came around to score thanks to a fly ball double to right field by Staten Island right fielder Kelvin De Leon.  After a pitching chance and a strike out De Leon came around to score when catcher Francisco Arcia had a double to right field.

Manny Barreda came into the game in the fifth inning pitching two shutout innings allowing just a hit and striking out three.  Nathan Forer was after him throwing two perfect innings, striking out three batters.

In the bottom of the ninth inning Staten Island attempted a rally.  Shane Brown worked a walk before moving to second on a perfectly placed bunt by Luis Parache.  After a passed ball moved Parache over to third Eduardo Sosa was hit on the elbow.  The Yankees trainer came out and looked at him at first base but he stayed in the game.  Sosa then stole second base to put two runners in scoring position with two outs.

Preston Claiborne came into the game to pitch the ninth inning but went two innings for the Yankees.  Claiborne allowed a hit and walk while striking out three of the six batters.  Chase Whitley took over on the mound for the eleventh inning; he walked two and struck out one.

Because the Yankees pitching staff has been used up the past couple games Josh Paul brought in catcher Jeffrey Farnham to pitch the twelfth inning.  Farnham had two strikeouts and four walks in two innings before Kevin Mahoney took over.  Farnham went to play third with Shane Brown going to second base.

Kevin Mahoney had a scoreless 14th inning but had to work out of bases loaded trouble.  In the top of the 15th he allowed four runs, including a three-run homerun to left field for the loss.

In the bottom of the fifteenth inning the Yankees plated some more runs.  Kyle Roller reached base thanks to an error by the Batavia second baseman.  Kevin Mahoney then had a RBI double to right field for the third run.  Francisco Arcia then lined the ball over the right field fence to make it a one-run game.  Shane Brown then worked a walk with two outs before a pitching change.  Luis Parache grounded the ball to the first baseman for the final out of the game.

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Robert M. Pimpsner

Robert joins Gotham Baseball after spending 7 1/2 years as the owner and senior writer for 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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