After falling in extra innings on Wednesday night in Brooklyn, the Staten Island Yankees (36-35) slugged their way to a 9-1 win over the Vermont Lake Monsters (32-40) on Thursday.
The game looked to be going Vermont's way from the start as the Lake Monsters' leadoff batter Yairo Munoz nailed his fifth home run of the season on the very first pitch of the ball game to give the team a 1-0 lead.
The Baby Bombers didn't take long to answer Vermont's early lead. After Connor Spencer and Chris Breen both singled in the bottom half of the first, Austin Aune knocked out his fourth home run of the season, giving Staten Island a 3-0 lead.
The Yankees piled on more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Renzo Martini drew a walk, followed by a Nathan Mikolas single to left field. Vicente Conde was next up with a double to left that plated Martini. Devyn Bolasky capped off the inning for Staten Island with a sacrifice fly out to center field, bringing home Mikolas to extend the team's lead to 5-1.
Frustration set in for the Lake Monsters in the fifth inning. After Spencer and Breen both collected singles again, Spencer was called safe on a close play at third base, causing Vermont manager David Newhan to erupt from the dugout. Newhan was then tossed from the game for excessive arguing. The inning grew longer for the visitors as Aune brought in another run with an RBI sacrifice fly out to left field. Collin Slaybaugh followed with a single to center field that scored Breen. Martini followed Slaybaugh with a single of his own, then Conde drove home two runs to wrap up the inning, giving the game its final score of 9-1.
Tim Giel (W, 1-1) picked up his first win of the season, going three shutout inning allowing only two hits.
The Baby Bombers will be back at it on Friday night against Vermont. The first 2,500 fans through the gates get a free strip of our 15th Anniversary Team card set featuring former outfielders Brett Gardner, Melky Cabrera and Mason Williams as well as catcher Francisco Cervelli. Also, free post-game fireworks.