BROOKLYN, NY – The Staten Island Yankees ended their week off right completing a sweep of the cross-town rival Brooklyn Cyclones on the road at MCU Park in Coney Island. With the victory the Yankees took over possession of first place in the McNamara Division.
The Baby Bombers were the ones to start the scoring off in the game, plating a single run in the top half of the third inning. With two-outs Eduardo Sosa grounded the ball to the shortstop but Sosa was on the bag before the errant throw made it to the first baseman. He went to second on the errant throw to put him in perfect position to score on a line drive single to right by the returning Francisco Arcia.
The Staten Island Yankees added an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Kyle Roller worked a one-out walk, went to second on a ground out and then scored on a ground-rule double by third baseman Kevin Mahoney that went over the right-centerfield fence.
Yankees starter Shane Greene went six strong innings to earn the win, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out six. He held the Cyclones hitless for the first three and two third innings before allowing a base hit to Jeff Flagg in the fourth.
Staten Island added another run to their lead when in the top of the seventh inning Luis Parache doubled stole third and then came home to score on a Francisco Arcia line drive single to center.
Richard Martinez took over for Greene in the bottom of the seventh. After striking out the first batter he got into trouble after allowing a walk and a single to put runners at the corners. He proceeded to strike out the next two batters to get out of the inning unharmed and keep the shutout. Martinez pitched two innings allowing a hit and two walks while striking out four batters.
Luis Parache started off the top of the ninth working a walk, he then stole second and went to third on a ground out by Eduardo Sosa. Francisco Arcia then double to left-center field to plate Parache. Catcher Jeff Farnham was next at the plate and he grounded out to the second baseman to bring Kyle Roller to the plate. Roller launched the ball to center field but the ball did not have enough to leave the park, he had to settle for an RBI triple to give the Yankees a 5-0 lead.
Staten Island Yankees closer Chase Whitley came into the game in the bottom of the ninth inning to get some work in as it was not a save situation. Whitley got into trouble when he allowed a double and two walks to start the inning. With the bases loaded and no-one out he struck out James Schroeder for the first out. Catcher Taylor Freeman was next to the plate and he struck out swinging for the second out. Cody Holliday then struck out looking to end the game
The returning Francisco Arcia had three RBIs to go along with his three hits, one double. He raised his batting average to .316 for the season. Baby Bomber third baseman Kevin Mahoney and Eduardo Sosa had two hits a piece in the game. Mahoney had two doubles and an RBI. The Staten Island Yankees pitching staff combined to strike out 13 batters.
Notes: Josh Paul officially made his return to the team; however Jody Reed is not gone just yet. He stayed with the Yankees as he resumed his regular role as the New York Yankees Minor League Roving Infield Instructor.
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