SI Yanks Win With Walk-Off Walk

After three hours and thirty-two minutes to play nine innings the Staten Island Yankees walked off with the series win against the visiting Williamsport Crosscutters thanks to the patient plate approach by Yankees first baseman Kyle Roller.

With the bases loaded, two out on the board and a 7-7 tie Roller worked a 3-1 count before taking ball four high to bring home Nick McCoy and win the game.

Rewind to the first inning when Staten Island Yankees starter Kramer Sneed struggled allowing five runs, two earned on 45 pitches.  He was not helped by the Staten Island defense who committed two errors in the inning.  Sneed rebounded in the second inning throwing a scoreless 14-pitch inning.

In the bottom of the first inning the Baby Bombers plated three-runs with two-outs.  Kyle Roller, Kelvin De Leon, Mike Ferraro and Garrison Lassiter had back-to-back-to-back-to-back singles.  Ferraro had one RBI and Lassiter had two in the inning.

The score remained 5-3 until the bottom of the fourth inning when Staten Island plated another single.  Eduardo Sosa walked with one-out and then went to third after two consecutive wild pitches before scoring on a ground out by Shane Brown.

Williamsport plated single runs in the top of the fifth and sixth inning respectively to expand their lead to 7-4.  However Staten Island began their come back in the bottom of the eighth inning when they plated two runs.  Three back-to-back singles by Jose Mojica, Luis Parache, and Nick McCoy loaded the bases for center fielder Eduardo Sosa who launched the ball to first baseman who knocked it down in foul territory for a infield single.  Jose Mojica scored and Parache came around from second base for the second run.

The comeback was completed in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Luis Parache started it off a two-out homerun to right field.  Nick McCoy then doubled to left before Eduardo Sosa and Shane Brown walked to load the bases for Kyle Roller.  Roller took a big swing at the first pitch but then took the next four pitches to work a walk-off walk and give the Yankees the victory.

Earning the win for Staten Island was Richard Martinez who threw two shutout innings allowing just a hit and striking out two.  He followed Mike Gipson and Andy Shive who threw three and two innings respectively.  The Yankee pitching staff combined for fifteen strikeouts in the game.

Four Yankees had a multi-hit game being lead by catcher Nick McCoy who had three hits, including a double.  Shane Brown, Kyle Roller and Luis Parache had two hits.  Eduardo Sosa, Kelvin De Leon, Mike Ferraro, Garrison Lassiter, and Jose Mojica had singles in the game.  As a team the Baby Bombers left a total of 14 runners on base and was 5-for15 with runners in scoring position.

Tuesday night the Staten Island Yankees will open up a three-game series with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers with Zachary Varce, Shane Greene and Mikey O’Brien scheduled to pitch the series.

Notes: Right-handed reliever Manny Barreda was promoted to Single-A Charleston.  Yankees outfielder Isaiah Brown was suspended for unknown reasons, but it was not for drugs or performance enhancers.

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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