The Staten Island Yankees were back at home in Richmond County Bank Ballpark after a short three- game road trip in Vermont against the Lake Monsters. The Baby Bombers would win the first game of the series in Vermont 5-4. But would lose the last game 1-0 after inclement weather would suspend the game after 7 innings.
The third game was also postponed due to weather. It seemed like the SI Yankees brought the bad weather with them, as a one and a half hour rain delay would keep both teams in the clubhouse before the first pitch at 8:30 p.m.
The Baby Bombers came into their game Saturday night with a 7-2 record the best in the New York-Penn League (NYPL) and would waste no time adding to the win column. The bottom of the second began with a Dalton Blaser single; two more singles would load the bases for Danienger Perez who would bring in two runs with a single of his own.
Manny Argomaniz would double in one more run to give the Baby Bombers a 3-0 lead that they would not relinquish. With great pitching from Alexander Vargas, the Baby Bombers would defeat the Tri-City Valleycats 3-0 to bring their record to 8-2.
The SI Yankees have been dominate on the mound all season and tonight was no different. Coming into tonight the Baby Bombers pitching staff had a team era of 2.62 and also allowing the fewest hits in the NYPL. Tonight Vargas would go six strong innings striking out five batters, only allowing three hits, and not giving up a run.
“I was working on pitching a little inside with my 2-seam (fastball) to some hitters and mixing in some pitches as the game went on,” said Vargas through a translator. “It felt good having a lead because it allowed me to go right at hitters and gave me more confidence on the mound.”
The SI Yankees have continued scoring early in games giving their pitchers a lead to work with. While the starting pitchers have been able to go deep enough allowing less work for the bullpen that has also been dominate thus far.
“As a manager, I like to see that all the time, as of right now they’re (the bullpen) doing a pretty good job and we want to keep riding it,” said Mosquera. “Every single guy that has come out of the pen has done a terrific job for us, so I’m happy.”
Kendall Coleman has been on a hot streak the last few games, which would continue tonight, as he would go 2-3 with two singles. Coleman has played in six games this season and has a .500 batting average and leading the team in hits with 10.
“It feels good, anyway I can help the team win, we’ve been playing really well it sucks our win streak got cut yesterday in that weird game but it feels good to keep winning,” said Coleman. “We love playing here and we are going to play half our games here so if we can go undefeated at home all year that would be great.”
The Baby Bombers hosted Women in Sports Night where they wore special jerseys in honor of the 25th anniversary of the movie “ A League of Their Own”. Making the night even more special was home plate umpire Jennifer Pawol who is trying to become the first female umpire in Major League Baseball.
The Baby Bombers are 4-0 at Richmond County Bank Ballpark and look to continue their home winning streak Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Daniel Alvarez will take the mound looking to capitalize off of his last start at home and try to earn his first win of the season.