SI Yankees Use the Long-Ball to Prevent Sweep

A pair of long-balls in the top of the seventh inning snapped the Staten Island Yankees losing streak and prevented a sweep at the hands of the hosting Jamestown Jammers.

The Staten Island pitching staff kept the Jammers off the board all night.  Yankees starter Mikey O’Brien had his best outing of the season throwing six shutout innings allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out six batters to earn his league leading fifth win of the season.  He was followed by Mike Recchia who tossed two innings of one hit ball with a strikeout before Chase Whitley took over in the ninth inning, earning his sixth save allowing a walk and striking out two.

Kevin Mahoney had a 2-RBI Home run in the seventh inning - File Photo Credit: Robert M Pimpsner

In the top of the sixth inning Staten Island shortstop Jose Mojica broke up the perfect game with a line drive single to left.  All the runs in the game came in the seventh inning when the Yankees batters went deep twice to score three runs.  With one-out Kyle Roller lined the ball to left field, hitting off of an advertisement to plate the first run.  Francisco Arcia then singled on a ground ball to second base before the Jammers went to the bullpen.  With a new pitcher on the hill Kevin Mahoney lined a no-doubter over the right-field fence for a two-RBI homerun.

The Staten Island Yankees had a total of four hits in the game; two of them were the homeruns by Kyle Roller and Kevin Mahoney respectively.  Francisco Arcia had his single in the seventh and Jose Mojica singled in the sixth.

Notes: The game took just two hours and five minutes, the fastest game the Staten Island Yankees have played so far this season.  Tomorrow night the Staten Island Yankees travel to Vermont to face off against the Lake Monsters with Nik Turley, Mike Gipson and Zachary Varce scheduled to take the mound in those three games.

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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