The Staten Island Yankees looked to bounce back after a 7-3 loss Wednesday night to the Aberdeen Ironbirds (Baltimore Orioles Affiliate). Although they have lost six of their last 10 games the Baby Bombers (26-16) still have the best record in the New York Penn League.
The Baby Bombers have loved playing in front of the home fans boasting a 15-6 record in Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Making his third career start for the Baby Bombers, Jio Orozco looked to keep up the winning ways at home but the Ironbirds had other ideas.
With two outs in the top of the third Zach Jarrett would hit a laser home run over the right field fence giving the Ironbirds an early 1-0 lead. Jaylen Ferguson would follow that up with a double, he would score on a RBI double by Trevor Craport.
The Baby Bombers would add one run in a third when Ryan Krill would score on a two out error by Aberdeen second basemen Garrett Copeland. They would tie the game in the bottom of the fourth when Dom Thompson-Williams singled home Dalton Blaser.
Jio Orozco’s struggles would continue in the top of the 5th where he would give up another two runs before getting out of the inning down 4-2. The Baby Bombers bullpen, which had been dominant in the beginning of the season, would allow two more runs in the 6th and one more in the 8th to give Aberdeen a 7-3 lead.
“I think Orozco threw the ball pretty well today, he’s always going to attack the zone and compete. He was mixing his pitches today, he gave up a long ball but that’s going to happen sometimes,” said Manager Julio Mosquera. “I wasn’t concerned about the home run, I was more concerned about him mixing his pitches and attacking hitters and I think he did a pretty good job of that.”
The Baby Bombers would make things interesting in the bottom of the 9th with a lead off single by Kendall Coleman, which was followed by a 2-run home run by Dom Thompson Williams. Thompson-Williams would finish the night going 3-4 with 4 RBI’s but that would not be enough, as the Baby Bombers would lose 7-5.
The Yankees have had a hard time putting the bat on the ball especially with runners in scoring position. In last night’s 7-3 loss they were 0-7 with runners in scoring position and were 2-8 in tonight’s loss.
“In those situations, you have to give credit to their pitching staff they didn’t give in, they did a good job of keeping us from scoring,” said Mosquera. “Unfortunately we just didn’t get that big hit at the right moment.”
“This is where you find out who’s made out for this game. I think we are going to be alright because these guys have been battling the whole year and they are going to make the adjustments as we go,” said Mosquera.
With the loss, the Yankees find themselves only one game ahead of the Aberdeen Ironbirds in the Division standings. Juan De Paula will take the mound Friday night for Staten Island hoping to get them back to their winning ways.