SI Flies Away With Sweep of Aberdeen, 2 More RBI’s For Robinson

Timmy Robinson added 2 RBIs to his total (Eduardo Amaro/RMP Sports Media, Inc.)

STATEN ISLAND-Caught in a tenacious chase for the sole wild card spot in the New York-Penn League playoffs, the Staten Island Yankees need to take care of business.

Facing trap games against the Aberdeen IronBirds, the last place team in the McNamara Division, they did so this week, capping off a three-game sweep with a 4-0 victory on Thursday night. Unlike the previous couple, walk-off heroics were not necessary, as Staten Island (37-27) took a 1st inning lead and never looked back.

“We’re working well as a team,” Staten Island manager Dave Bialas said. “Last night we weren’t pitching well, but we swung the bats well. Now tonight we got both.”

The Staten Island scoring was kickstarted by a familiar face, as Timmy Robinson, the hero of Wednesday night’s 8-7 thriller, built on his NYPL RBI lead with not just the opening score on an RBI single that scored Billy Fleming, which proved to be to be the early game-winning run, but also had an RBI double that scored Nick Solak in the 3rd. Robinson himself came around to score when Kane Sweeney drove him in with a RBI single.

It marked the first time since June 19-21, also against Aberdeen (27-37) that Staten Island swept a three-game set.

“We went up to Connecticut (and) scored two runs in 27 innings,” Bialas said. “Then we come here; we start swinging the bat. It’s the way baseball is. The pitching was there, but now the offense is coming together.”

Staten Island’s other run came in the 6th when Kendall Coleman hit his first triple of the season, which scored Sweeney, who went 3-for-3.

With the evening’s offense taken care of, Simon De La Rosa (6-3) took the hill and pitched a dominant 6 frames, lowering his ERA from 3.31 to 2.98. Allowing 4 hits, he let up no runs and struck out 7. Joe Harvey and David Sosebee combined for a trio of innings, ensuring the shutout, the second one in the series after Tuesday’s 1-0 thriller.

The lead in the wild card hunt lost after last weekend’s sweep at the hands of Connecticut, grew to 2 ½ games over the aforementioned Tigers with their loss to Hudson Valley in Wappingers Falls. They also gained a game on their next closest competition, Williamsport, who fell to West Virginia, leading the Crosscutters by four games.

They now head to Batavia to take on the Muckdogs in their lone meetings of the season, a three-game set against the NYPL’s worst team in the standings.

The Yankees, however, vow not to fall into the trap that awaits them in Genesee County.

“Anybody can beat you; I don’t care what their record is,” Bialas said. “I’ve seen it too many times. )But) we’re going to go out there and play our best baseball.”

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Angel Aguilar Looks to Build Consistency in Staten Island

Angel Aguilar rounds third base on his way to score (Robert M. Pimpsner)

In an organization loaded with an array of potential shortstops at the minor league level, it is easy to ignore players at the same position that garner less fanfare than the more prominent prospects. Entering his fifth season in the Yankees’ farm system, shortstop Angel Aguilar displays resourcefulness playing three positions on the infield and developing untapped power over the past three seasons.

Initially signed by the Yankees before his 17th birthday out of Barinas, Venezuela in 2012, Aguilar opened his career in the Dominican Summer League and had early difficulties adjusting to both pro ball and the challenges unique to foreign-born players who must adapt to new surrounding before playing minor league baseball in the United States.

“Things were different for me early on in my career for the first time, like food and the language barrier,” Aguilar said through an interpreter. “During my second year, I felt pretty comfortable. The only thing I’m still working on is the language.”

Although a raw commodity in his first few seasons in the Yankees’ system, Aguilar began showing flashes of promise during the 2014 season with the Gulf Coast Yankees and produced career highs in batting average (.311), on-base percentage (.373), and slugging percentage (.536). Perhaps the biggest surprise for some was his unprecedented display of power, producing seven home runs in 151 at-bats.

“First of all, I thank God for all my success that season. Second of all, I think I have worked hard the last two years with my training regimen, but the results haven’t been where I want them to be, but I am always working.”

Aguilar eventually reached as high as the Charleston River Dogs in the South Atlantic League and experienced similar difficulties as he endured in his first year in professional baseball. Due to the presence of then-top prospect Jorge Mateo, Aguilar played every infield position except for first base despite being a natural shortstop. His offensive totals regressed with 102 strikeouts in 354 at-bats and declined in every offensive category.

Aguilar makes the jumping throw to first base to get a runner out (Robert M. Pimpsner)
Aguilar makes the jumping throw to first base to get a runner out (Robert M. Pimpsner)

“The adjustments on the defensive side at third base was pretty easy for me because it was a position I used to play,” Aguilar said. “There were times that year where I would strike out twice per game and for me I needed to simplify things and get a good pitch to hit and put a good swing on the ball.”

Returning to Charleston as a third baseman for the 2016 season, Aguilar compensated selectivity for power and clubbed eight home runs in 64 games. By mid-season, Aguilar moved to short-season Staten Island and looked to improve his approach at the plate and build confidence. Batting just .221 in his first 38 games in Staten Island, Aguilar is hopeful he can progress and also improve in all facets of the game after returning to shortstop full-time for the first time since his GCL breakout in 2014.

“I don’t want to swing at bad pitches. If it is in an area, I cannot do anything with I want to lay off and take walks. I try to work on all areas of my game and most importantly maintain focus so I can become a more consistent player,” Aguilar said.

Entering his age-21 season, Aguilar is a work in progress, whose shown flashes of promise with plus power for the shortstop position and experience playing full-season baseball. Aguilar’s approach at the plate is an aggressive one, where the goal is to swing the bat to reach base rather than taking pitches. In the field, Aguilar has a versatile glove that can fill most infield spots but needs to avoid errors as he returns to the shortstop position full-time.

“He mostly played third base over at Charleston,” Staten Island Yankees manager Dave Bialas said. He’s done an excellent job since coming to Staten Island. He made some nice plays in the field. He is battling offensively right now, but what we are looking at is his play at shortstop. He is young and has a good future ahead of him.”

Pinstriped Performances – Thursday, August 25, 2016

Trenton Thunder starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery works against the Portland Sea Dogs at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Monday, July 18, 2016.  Photo by Martin Griff

Check out the top performances across the New York Yankees farm system in the latest edition of Pinstriped Performances.

Mark Payton, LF, Trenton Thunder (Double A): Mark went 2-3 with a home run, double, walk, two runs batted in and a run scored in the Thunder’s 4-3 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs.

Jordan Montgomery, SP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple A): Jordan turned in another quality start as he tossed 5.2 scoreless innings against the Syracuse Chiefs. He earned the win, improving to 4-1 in his 2016 Triple A campaign. With the shutout, the South Carolina native lowered his ERA to an impressive 0.58. Montgomery struck out eight, walked two and permitted three hits (two singles and a double).

Timmy Robinson, CF, Staten Island Yankees (Single A Short Season): Timmy went 2-4 at the plate with a double, run scored and two runs batted in during Staten Island’s 4-0 victory over the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

Timmy Time! Robinson Helps Staten Island Walks-Off Again In Topsy Turvy Thriller

Timmy Robinson (Robert M. Pimpsner)

STATEN ISLAND-The late Yogi Berra once said that it was “deja vu all over again”.

Despite playing two seemingly completely different games on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Staten Island Yankees lived out that quote it in the most important way possible.

For the second consecutive night, the Yankees topped the Aberdeen IronBirds in walk-off fashion, as DH Timmy Robinson’s RBI single in the bottom of the 9th scored two, giving Staten Island an 8-7 victory. The win follows Tuesday’s flair for the dramatics, where Kendall Coleman, ironically also serving as the team’s designated hitter that night, had a walk-off sacrifice fly to top the IronBirds 1-0.

“It was a great game,” said “Our games have been close all year. These guys have played some very good games against us. Every game is important in the stretch run. These guys are busting their butts every day. They can smell it, they want to get into the playoffs.”

It was part of a big night at the plate for Robinson, who went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI’s on the evening. Prior to his last inning heroics, Robinson crushed a Zach Muckenhin pitch over the left field wall in the bottom of the 5th, his 7th home run of the season. His trio of RBIs gives him 43 on the season, putting him back in the league lead alongside State College’s Vince Jackson.

With the win, Staten Island (36-27) not only secured a series victory over Aberdeen, but also established a small bit of breathing room in the New York-Penn League wild card chase. With both Connecticut and Williamsport losing, they now lead the race for the coveted lone wild card spot by a game and a half and three games respectively. Their magic number to clinch a playoff berth is 12. In addition, by picking up another win at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, the Yankees, at 22-11 are tied with Hudson Valley for the best home winning percentage in the NYPL.

It was almost a win that slipped away from them.

Whereas Tuesday’s walk-off win took a mere 2 hours and 19 minutes to complete, Wednesday’s win went just over 3 hours. In another contrast from Tuesday’s heroics, both teams struggled pitching-wise.

Staten Island jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening frame, two runs of which came on an RBI double by Kane Sweeney. The other runs came on Angel Aguilar’s RBI single that scored Ben Ruta, while Sweeney later scored on an error and Dalton Blaser came home on a wild pitch.

However, starting pitcher Austin DeCarr struggled against the Aberdeen (27-36) lineup, removed during a messy 3rd inning. DeCarr went 2 ⅔ innings, allowing 3 runs on hits, walking and striking out a couple each. He was relieved by Chad Martin, who was pitching for the first time in 10 days. After a solid start, Martin struggled as well, allowing three more runs over 3 ⅔ innings thrown. Claudio Custodio (3-0) eventually came in, allowing the go-ahead run, but mostly settling down the Aberdeen bats.

“We had to piggy-back tonight with DeCarr and (Martin),” said Bialas. “DeCarr wasn’t strong tonight, but he only had 60 pitches to work with so his pitch count was down. Martin hadn’t pitched in 10 days, he had a little something with his arm. Custodio came in there did a good job. The guys battled back.”

Now trailing 7-6, Staten Island immediately went to work. Nick Solak, pinch-hitting for Yancarlos Baez, led things off with a walk, and was moved to second on Ruta’s sacrifice bunt. It’d be the only out Aberdeen would tally in the frame, as Aguilar’s single moved Solak to third, before Drew Bridges walked, setting up Robinson’s bases loaded heroics.

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Pinstriped Performances – Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Check out the top performances across the New York Yankees farm system in the latest edition of Pinstriped Performances.

Yefrey Ramirez, SP, Tampa Yankees (Single A Advanced): Yefrey improved to 3-6 on the season after earning the victory in his start against the Dunedin Blue Jays. Ramirez tossed eight innings of near perfect baseball. He threw a perfect game heading into the seventh when Ryan McBroom led-off the frame with a single. Yefrey got the next hitter to ground into a double play and was able to face the minimum through eight. He struck out eight and induced seven ground-outs to six fly-outs.

Timmy Robinson, DH, Staten Island Yankees (Single A Short Season): Timmy paced the Staten Island offense in a 8-7 victory over the Aberdeen Ironbirds. Robinson went 3-4 at the plate with a home run, walk, two runs scored, and three runs batted in.

Blake Rutherford, DH, Pulaski Yankees (Rookie): Blake went 2-4 with a home run, walk, two runs scored, and two runs batted in against the Bluefield Blue Jays.

Old King Cole-man! Sac Fly Ends Quick, Minimum Scoring Game

Kendall Coleman had the game winning RBI. (Robert M. Pimpsner)

STATEN ISLAND-On Tuesday night, the Staten Island Yankees and Aberdeen IronBirds played a game that indulged both fans of quick baseball and fans of pitchers’ duels.

The Baby Bombers probably didn’t care about what kind of game it was, though they’re perfectly fine with the result, as DH Kendall Coleman hit a walk-off sacrifice fly that scored Timmy Robinson, complimenting 9 shutout innings from Freicer Perez and Justin Kamplain in a 1-0 victory.

“(Perez) was really in the zone with his fastball, he really gave it life,” said Staten Island manager Dave Bialas. “(Kamplain) was awesome. He cued his pitches real well, his changeup, his breaking ball, he pitched well.”

With the win, Staten Island (35-27) reentered the New York-Penn League playoff picture, moving back ahead of Connecticut by a half game for the lone wild card spot. The Tigers, who swept the Yankees over the weekend, fell to Hudson Valley later that night.

“The pitchers have throwing really great as of late,” Coleman said. “Today it felt great to finally get the pitcher a win. Freicer threw great, Justin threw great, so it feels good, especially after just getting swept.”

The shutout victory was quick and efficient, taking just 2 hours and 19 minutes to complete. It featured tremendous victory from the home side at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, as Perez threw six innings, allowing just one hit, and striking out six. He did not allow a hit through the first 4 ⅓ innings.

He was relieved by Kamplain (1-1), who completed the shutout, tossing a trio more of run-free innings. He ran into a bit of jam in the 8th, as Alejandro Juvier led off with a single. After he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, Juvier stole 3rd, despite C Jerry Seitz’s throw appearing to beat him there. Bialas briefly came out and argued the call with umpire So Yamauchi, to no avail.

Controversy was avoided, however, when Kamplain retired Jerry McClanahan and Kirvin Moesquit to end the frame and keep the zero in the run column in place.

“I thought the ball was there in plenty of time, I thought the tag was made,” Bialas said. “I thought (Yamauchi) was in no position to make that call. It’s tough with a two man staff, but I thought no doubt he missed it.”

With bats on both sides mostly silenced throughout the evening, Staten Island’s 9th opened things up with a double by Robinson. After Kane Sweeney walked, Angel Aguilar singled, loading up the bases. Coleman took the bat, and hit a deep fly to left field. The out was made, caught by Jaylen Ferguson, but the damage was done. Robinson scored from third, and the celebration was on, as the Yankees stormed the field, celebrating Coleman’s 13th RBI of the season by dousing 2013’s 11th round pick with the refreshment from the Gatorade bucket.

“The guys in front of me did a great job of getting on,” Coleman said. “The only thing that was going through my head was that I had to get the ball in the air. I got a good pitch to hit and I did my job.”

Back in the playoff scene, at least temporarily, the Yankees are looking to stay in that place. It begins with this trio with Aberdeen, which continues tomorrow night.

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Pinstriped Performances – Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Staten Island Yankees starting pitcher Freicer Perez firing a pitch towards the plate in the Yankees victory over the Aberdeen Ironbirds. (Robert M. Pimpsner/RMP Sports Media, Inc.)

Check out the top performances across the New York Yankees farm system in the latest edition of Pinstriped Performances.

Freicer Perez, SP, Staten Island Yankees (Class A Short Season): Perez tossed six, near perfect innings against the Aberdeen IronBirds. He struck out six, walked none and only permitted one hit throughout his dominant performance.

Justin Kamplain, RP, Staten Island Yankees (Class A Short Season): Kamplain came in to relieve Perez in the top of the seventh inning and pitched the last three innings of the game. He earned the win (1-1) and lowered his ERA with Staten Island to 1.65. Justin tossed three scoreless innings, struck out two, walked none and allowed two singles. He also threw 24 of his 30 pitches for strikes.

Dante Bichette, 3B, Trenton Thunder (Double A): Dante went 2-3 at the plate in Trenton’s 3-1 victory over the Bowie Baysox. He hit a double and drove in a run off of Bowie starter Matthew Grimes.

Pinstriped Performances: Week of August 15

Angel Aguilar (Robert M. Pimpsner)

Check out some of the top performances this week by New York Yankees prospects at all levels of the farm.

Monday

  1. Phillip Diehl, RP, Pulaski Yankees (Rookie): Phillip fired two scoreless innings against the Bristol Pirates. He permitted just one hit while striking out five Pirate batters.

  2. Angel Aguilar, SS, Staten Island Yankees (Single A Short Season) – Angel led Staten Island at the plate against the State College Spikes by going 2-5 with five RBI’s. He scored two runs, hit a double and went deep for his third home run of the season. All three of Aguilar’s RBI’s came with two outs in the inning.

  3. Alexander Palma, LF, Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A) – Alexander went 3-4 at the plate, drove in a two-out RBI and scored two runs against the Greenville Drive.

Tuesday

  1. Justus Sheffield, SP, Tampa Yankees (Single A Advanced): Justus improved to 2-0 as a member of the Tampa Yankees as he fired six scoreless innings against the Clearwater Threshers. He struck out three batters, permitted one walk and only three hits.

  2. Donovan Solano, 2B, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A): Donovan led Scranton to a 3-2 victory over the Norfolk Tides as he went 3 – 4 at the plate. He hit a home run, drove in two runs and scored a run.

  3. Jonathan Holder, RP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A): Jonathan earned the win (2-0) while pitching two scoreless and hitless innings of baseball. He struck out three and induced two groundouts.

Wednesday

  1. Sean Carley, RP, Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A): Sean earned a hold in his dominant appearance against the Augusta GreenJackets. Carley allowed just one baserunner in two scoreless innings pitched. He walked none and struck out four.

  2. J.P. Feyereisen, RP, Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The newly acquired Feyereisen struck out three batters, walked none, and allowed just one Akron Rubberduck to reach base on a single in two innings of work.

  3. Jose Rosario, 3B, Trenton Thunder (Double-A): Rosario led the Thunder at the plate as he went 3-4 with two doubles and two RBI’s.

Thursday

  1. Chance Adams, SP, Trenton Thunder (Double-A): Chance continued his strong season on his first relief appearance of the 2016 campaign. He was forced into a piggy-back situation due to a rehab start from Bryan Mitchell. Adams responded by pitching four scoreless and hitless innings. He walked two and struck out seven. Chance was also able to induce three ground-outs to one fly-out.

  2. Dermis Garcia, 3B, Pulaski Yankees (Rookie): Dermis went 3-4 with a walk, three RBI’s and two runs scored. Two of Garcia’s hits went for doubles.

  3. Hobie Harris, RP, Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A): Hobie earned his first save of 2016, as he pitched three innings of scoreless baseball. Harris allowed one hit and walked while striking out four. He generated soft contact and was able to keep the ball in the infield, as GreenJacket hitters grounded-out five times.

Friday

  1. Nestor Cortes, SP, Tampa Yankees (Single A Advanced): Nestor pitched seven innings of brilliant baseball against the Brevard County Manatees. Cortes struck out nine and permitted just two hits. He was also able to earn a 4-2 ground-ball to fly-ball ratio. Cortes is now 4-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to a respectable 3.13.

  2. Daris Vargas, SP, Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A): Daris tossed six scoreless innings against the Greenville Drive. He struck out six, walked one and permitted just one hit.

  3. Rashad Crawford, CF, Tampa Yankees (Single A Advanced): The newly acquired Crawford reached base four times in the contest. Rashad went 2-4 at the plate with a home run, run scored, two runs batted in and two walks. The home run was his first as a member of the Yankees organization.

The Tables Turn on Staten Island in a 7-5 Defeat by Brooklyn

Yankees starter Austin DeCarr  (Robert M. Pimpsner)

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Coming off a dramatic walk-off victory against the Brooklyn Cyclones on Wednesday, the Staten Island Yankees were looking to continue their inspired play and clinch another series win at home, but it did not happen on this night as they fell to Brooklyn 7-5 after leading for much of the evening.

Staten Island drew the assignment of one of the most formidable pitchers in the New York-Penn League, Justin Dunn, a first-round pick out of Boston College, who entered Thursday’s play with a 0.50 ERA.

Unlike his previous outing against Vermont, Dunn had difficulty with location and the Baby Bombers took advantage, sending eight men to the plate and scoring four runs in the second inning, capped off by consecutive RBI singles from Angel Aguilar and Kendall Coleman.

“When you look at the first inning, Justin struck out the first two hitters but from the first pitch of the second inning, he did not have any location and the strikes he threw were in the middle of the plate and it was the first time I have seen him get hit hard this year,” Brooklyn Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa said.

Staten Island continued its damage on Dunn when Drew Bridges clubbed his fifth home run of the season to center field to add another run to the ledger. Dunn departed after three innings, allowing five hits and five runs (three earned) in his first start since the All-Star break.

“It was a struggle for Dunn. He was hit hard at times, but he was able to pitch his three innings and we were able to pick him up,” Gamboa continued.

Making his ninth start of the season, DeCarr continued his recent surge of success on the mound with an impressive home outing. After striking out the side to open the game in the first inning, DeCarr did not allow a hit until Desmond Lindsay‘s infield single in the fourth inning.

“It was a good start. I was aggressive and attacking the hitters in the first three innings. I kind of got away from things by the time I got to the fifth inning. There is still some stuff to work on and get back at it next week,” DeCarr said.

The Cyclones tagged DeCarr for a run on a Blake Tiberi RBI single in the fourth but he curtailed any additional damage, going 4.1 innings, allowing three hits, two runs, and struck out four. DeCarr has allowed just four runs in his last 19.1 innings and lowered his ERA to 3.44 for the season.

“DeCarr has pitched well. These last few outings he has got a lot better feel for the strike zone. He is locating better in the zone and he has a good breaking ball. He keeps getting better,” Staten Island Yankees manager Dave Bialas said.

The Cyclones, who scuffled against DeCarr, scored three runs in the fifth to cut the Staten Island margin to 5-4, highlighted by a Bridges error at third base with Lindsay at the plate to cap off the inning.

Brooklyn took the lead in the eighth inning when Franklin Pierce alum Jay Jabs knocked home two against Chad Taylor to give Brooklyn a 7-5 lead. The combination of Raul Jacobson, Adam Atkins, and Joseph Zanghi combined for six scoreless innings out of the bullpen to pick up Dunn and even the series.

“We just were not able to add on to our lead after we scored the five runs. After scoring four runs in the second and had the home run by Bridges in the third, we really didn’t do much offensively. They pitched well against us,” Bialas said.

Dom Thompson-Williams, who was the hero of Staten Island’s series opening win with two runs scored, left Thursday’s game in the second inning with a hand injury and was replaced by Ben Ruta. The club will wait and see if the injury heals and may turn to Timmy Robinson to play center field in his absence.

The Baby Bombers will look to take the series on Friday with Simon De La Rosa on the mound on #BeatBKLYN Night at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.

An Unlikely Source Wins it in Walk-Off Fashion for Staten Island

Yancarlos Baez (Robert M. Pimpsner)

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Momentum was riding high for the Staten Island Yankees with two road series victories in Aberdeen and State College prior to the New York-Penn League All-Star break. The season resumed on Wednesday at home against the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Baby Bombers received production from an unlikely source as Yancarlos Baez singled home the game-winning run in a 4-3 victory.

The Baby Bombers returned to action after the All-Star break with Freicer Perez taking the mound in the first game of the series against their crosstown rivals. Entering play with a .219 team batting average, the Cyclones needed to manufacture runs by any means and took advantage of an Angel Aguilar error in the second inning and a Colby Woodmansee sacrifice fly in the third to take a 2-0 lead.

Perez, struggled with his command at times, allowing four walks in 4.2 innings, but minimized hard contact and peaked at 97 miles per hour with his fastball, giving up two hits and two runs (one earned) in a no-decision. “I thought he threw the ball well coming off his last start. He just got deep in a lot of counts and basically ran out of pitches,” Staten Island Yankees manager Dave Bialas said.

Merandy Gonzalez opposed Perez for Brooklyn and was nearly untouchable on the mound. Making his eleventh start of the season, Gonzalez struck out seven, allowing three hits and one run (none earned) in five innings of work. Staten Island did not pose much of a threat against him except in the third inning when Baez scored a run on a wild pitch after reaching base to open the frame on a dropped third strike.

Gonzalez collected four of his seven punchouts in the third inning and gave way to Austin McGeorge in the sixth, who allowed Staten Island to even the score when Dom Thompson-Williams scored on the second wild pitch of the evening. Thompson-Williams, a 5th round draft pick by the Yankees out of South Carolina, scored two of Staten Island’s four runs and stole a base as he begins to show signs of life at the plate after batting just .231 in his first 46 games.

“It comes down to getting some baserunners in the lineup,” Thompson-Williams said. “We have a good hitters in our lineup and the key is to put pressure on the opposing team. If you get on base, that is huge in this league. We take advantage of the opportunities we are given.”

Thompson-Williams started another rally in the eighth inning after reaching base on a throwing error from Blake Tiberi. Nick Solak collected his third single of the night to move Thompson-Williams to third and Drew Bridges hit a sacrifice fly right field to plate him for the go-ahead run.

“It was a fun game coming off getting swept in Brooklyn last month. They are a tough team with a good pitching staff and you really have to grind out at-bats. It is a fun game and we didn’t stop battling. Dom Thompson-Williams was putting the ball in play and running all over the basepaths and ignited the offense,” Solak said.

Down to their last out in the ninth inning, the Cyclones mounted a rally and extended the game. Darryl Knight singled with two outs and Gene Cone singled to center to even the score against David Sosebee. Like their first two meetings this season it appeared as though the game would reach extra innings, but the Baby Bombers completed a two-out rally of their own with Baez, batting .029 entering the at-bat, singling home Aguilar for the victory.

“It was a great victory for us. These guys battled all the way through. They are inspired and playing hard. Our pitches like Kamplain, Harvey, and our bullpen as a whole set us up for the win. Every series this team has done a heck of a job,” Bialas said.

Prior to Wednesday’s victory, the Yankees promoted pitcher Nick Green to Low-A Charleston after two starts with Staten Island since coming over in the midseason trade for Carlos Beltran. Staten Island moves into first place in the McNamara Division with the victory and will send Austin DeCarr to the month on Thursday against Mets’ first rounder Justin Dunn.