Aberdeen takes the first win of the series over Staten Island, 8-4
ABERDEEN, MD– In the top of the first inning, with two outs, DH Saxon Butler began the game for the Staten Island Yankees Sunday night with a solo home run hit deep into right field.
In the bottom of the first inning, IronBirds CF Roderick Bernadina hit a line drive into far centerfield receiving a triple and placing the IronBirds in scoring position. Bernadina then scored off of a wild pitch by Yankee P Andrew Benak and tied the score at 1-1.
Yankees broke the tie in the top of the third inning when LF Taylor Dugas tripled to RF rehabber Ronnie Welty, putting Yankees in scoring position. Dugas then scored on a ball passed by C Sam Kimmel. Later on in the inning, 2B Joe Rosario scored on a ground out hit by CF Ravel Santana giving the Yankees the lead at 2-3.
IronBirds continued to rally during the bottom of the fourth inning when SS Joel Hutter scored of off a triple hit by DH Lucas Herbst, evening the score at 3-3. A double by 1B Cameron Edman sent Herst to home plate. Edman scored on a fly ball hit to centerfield by Bernadina. C Sam Kimmel then scored from a Welty fly ball single to LF Dugas. IronBirds ended the inning with a solid 6-3 lead.
Yankees 1B Matt Snyder scored on a grounder Custodio in the top of the sixth inning.
Refusing the Yankees anymore runs, IronBirds continued to score in the bottom of the sixth inning. Welty homered to left center field bringing Bernadina to home plate. IronBirds extended their lead to 8-4.
Banak (0-0) picked up the loss for the night while Jaime Esquivel (1-1) picked up the win for the IronBirds. RHP Bobby Wilkens closed the game in the top of the ninth inning and did not allow the Yankees to score.
The series will continue on Monday, July 2 at 7:05 pm where Aberdeen hosts Staten Island at Ripken Stadium. RPH David Richardson will start atop the mound for the IronBirds and face the Yankees LHP Tim Flight.