Guzman shines as Yanks finish sweep with 5-0 win

SI improves to 6-0 at Richmond County Bank Ballpark

By Nick Ceraso/WSIA / Staten Island Yankees | July 4, 2017 2:23 AM ET

 

The Staten Island Yankees (10-2) sweep the (4-9) Tri-City ValleyCats (4-9) in a 5-0 win as Jorge Guzman (W, 3-0) and the Yanks throw a two-hit shutout.

Staten Island continued their dominance, improving the best record in the New York-Penn League to 10-2. The Baby Bombers remain undefeated at home this season as the team moved to 6-0 at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George.

This was the first time Guzman faced off against his former organization's affiliate as he was part of the Brian McCann trade with the Houston Astros. Guzman did not disappoint against some of his former teammates as he picked up his third win of the season in the shutout victory, his second start that has led to a Staten Island shutout.

"I didn't feel any pressure," said Staten Island Yankees pitcher Jorge Guzman "I came from the Houston Astros, and a lot of my friends are from there. I knew I was throwing a perfect game for a while, but it didn't bother me."

Guzman threw 6.2 innings allowing just two hits and striking out a season and career-high 10 batters. Guzman was perfect to start off the game retiring the first 14 batters he faced, striking out seven in that span.

"In Houston they wanted me to focus on throwing fastballs," Guzman said. "I knew they were trying to jump on the fastball, so I was trying to mix some of my pitches today."

A big part of Staten Island's early offense came in the form of timely two-out hitting with the Baby Bombers scoring four runs in the first two innings. With two outs in the first, Leonardo Molina hit a two-run single. Wilkerman Garcia and Oswaldo Cabrera both had two-out RBI singles in the second inning.

"These guys compete to the last minute," said Staten Island Yankees manager Julio Mosquera. "They don't panic. Two-out hits are huge in this game."

Second baseman Oswaldo Cabrera returned to the Baby Bombers lineup for the first time in a week, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

"He was anxious to come back telling me he was ready," Mosquera said "He was excited to come back and play. To see him do that and come back to have some good at-bats makes you feel good."

Third baseman Nelson Gomez led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run, his first homer of the season. For Staten Island as a team, it was their third of season and second in two games.

The Staten Island bullpen continued their dominance throwing another 2.1 innings of shutout baseball. Yankees relief pitchers have been locked in all season throwing 44 innings with a 0.41 ERA.

The Baby Bombers picked up their third shutout win of the season, the most in the NYPL. All three shut outs have come at home. The Yankees have only allowed five runs in six games at Richmond County Bank Ballpark this season. Staten Island has swept both of their home opponents.

Staten Island is back at home Tuesday, July 4, as division foe the Hudson Valley Renegades (6-7) visit Richmond County Bank Ballpark. The Baby Bombers won two out of three games in their first series of the season.

The first 1,000 adults at the ballpark for Tuesday's game get a free Made in America BBQ apron sponsored by Hormel. Plus a special post-game Fourth of July fireworks display against the Manhattan skyline, sponsored by Anheuser-Busch. Gates open at 6 p.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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