Roller’s Big Night Leads SI Yanks Past ‘Clones

The Staten Island Yankees improved their season record against the cross-town rival Brooklyn Cyclones with a 8-7 victory to give them six wins over them this season.

Shane Brown had two hits two RBIs - Photo Credit: Robert M Pimpsner

Staten Island was the first to get on the board and never looked back. In the top of the first inning the Yankees plated five runs off of Brooklyn starting pitcher Chris Hillard. Eduardo Sosa led off the game with a fly ball single to centerfield and then stole second base. After a strike out by Casey Stevenson, Kevin Mahoney grounded out to second to move Sosa to third. The Baby Bomber Designated Hitter Kyle Roller was next and he grounded the ball up the middle for an RBI single. Roller went to second when catcher Francisco Arcia singled to left. Jose Mojica then walked to load the bases for Shane Brown who doubled to left to bring home Roller and Arcia. With two runners in scoring position Luis Parache hit a fly ball to left field for a two-RBI single.

In the top of the third inning the Yankees plated another run. Kyle Roller started the inning with a ground ball double to left, went to third on a ground out by Francisco Arcia and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jose Mojica.

Bryant Cotton earned his first professional win - Photo Credit: Robert M Pimpsner

Starting the game for Staten Island was right-handed pitcher Zachary Varce. Varce pitched four innings allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three. Bryant Cotton took over on the mound in the fifth inning for Varce. Cotton pitched two shutout innings allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out two to earn his first professional win.

In the top of the seventh inning the Baby Bombers added two more insurance runs after Kevin Mahoney doubled and Kyle Roller hit a bomb to left-centerfield.

Mike Recchia came into the game to pitch the bottom of the seventh. He was touched four three runs on three hits with all the runs scoring on a homerun by Brian Harrison. The Staten Island closer Chase Whitley came into the game for the bottom of the eighth inning. Whitey pitched two shutout innings to earn his eighth save of the season, allowing two hits while striking out three.

Shane Brown had two hits and two RBIs in the game while Eduardo Sosa, Kevin Mahoney, Francisco Arcia and Luis Parache have the other four Staten Island base hits.

Monday night these two teams will end their four-game series at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George with right-hander Shane Greene expected to make the start for Staten Island.

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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