SI Yanks Tie Franchise Record 13th Straight Win

In front of a crowd of over 6,000 people on a cool, foggy and wet night at MCU Park in Coney Island the Staten Island Yankees continued their hot streak as they tied a franchise record 13th consecutive win thanks to the one-two punch of Mason Williams and Cito Culver who were both 3-for-4 on the night.

Bryan Mitchell started the game for the Baby Bombers, throwing four innings allowing two runs early on in the first inning.  The Cyclones managed to get three hits and worked three walks off of him but also struck out three times.  He was followed by Matt Tracy who impressed the crowd once more tossing three innings of one-hit ball and striking out three.  Tracy still has yet to allow a run this year.

After being down 2-0 in the first inning the Staten Island Yankees plated one-run in the third, fifth and ninth innings to edge out a victory with two of those RBIs belonging to 2010 first-round draft pick Cito Culver and the last one belonging to Mason Williams.  Reymond Nunez had two hits for Staten Island and Bobby Rinard had one while scoring two of the runs.

Staten Island plated their first run in the top of the third after Bobby Rinard doubled and then scored on a line drive single to right by Mason Williams.  The Yankees went on to tie the game up at two in the top of the fifth.  Mason Williams and Cito Culver lined back-to-back doubles to left field with one out.  They went on to threaten in the inning after a pitching change with the bases loaded but a force out at third ended the inning.

In the top of the ninth the Baby Bombers would take the lead for good.  Bobby Rinard started it off reaching first on a fielding error by the shortstop before going first-to-third on a bunt to the third baseman by Mason Williams.  Next up was shortstop Cito Culver who hit a pop up single to third base that brought in Rinard.  Culver was out at second trying to stretch it into a double.

Zach Arneson earned the win for Staten Island, his first of the season after pitching a perfect eighth inning.  Branden Pinder earned the save, his league leading fifth after throwing 8 pitches, all strikes, in the ninth striking out two of the Cyclone batters.

Tomorrow night the two teams will meet up again for the third game of the series and conclude the series on Tuesday, both of those games will be at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark in St. George.


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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