For the second straight night, the Staten Island Yankees (29-19) defeated the Williamsport Crosscutters (24-21) in walk-off fashion, this time in the 11th inning, 3-2.
With the bases loaded and one out in the 11th, Manny Argomaniz hit a ground ball to short then beat out the double play as Kendall Coleman scored on the walk-off fielder's choice.
"It's exciting to see those guys jumping and throwing water at each," said Staten Island manager Julio Mosquera. "That keeps the unity of the team. Those guys believe. We have had a couple of those this year, and it makes them stick together and help each other out."
The Yankees bullpen was lights out yet again. Alex Bisacca, Greg Weissert, and Eduardo Rivera (W, 2-2) combined to throw six shutout innings. Rivera threw the final three innings of the ball game. The reliever was perfect in those innings, retiring all nine batters he faced while striking out four in the win.
"They have been the back bone of our team the whole year, so since the beginning, those guys have been competing and giving us a chance to win," Mosquera said. "They have been lights out all year. They were really good but had some hiccups throughout the year. They are feeling good right now."
Staten Island pitchers have held the Crosscutters in check with runners in scoring position. Williamsport went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position Wednesday night and are just 2-for-20 in the series. Staten Island's scoring opportunities have been limited, but they have found their moments to cash in as the Baby Bombers are 4-for-9 with RISP this series.
Starting pitcher Jio Orozco went five innings allowing six hits, two runs, one earned, and striking out seven batters.
Catcher Keith Skinner picked up more than just his first hit at home this season. Skinner went 3-for-4 with a RBI, his first RBI this season. He was the only player to have a multi-hit game on the night.
Within the first two innings of the ball game, both shortstop Wilkerman Garcia and second baseman Cody Brown left the ball game early with apparent injuries. Argomaniz, who had the walk-off fielder's choice, replaced Brown in the second inning.
"We'll see how they come back tomorrow," Mosquera said. "We took them out just to be safe. Hopefully they will be right back tomorrow playing if they are ready."
After the 11-inning ball game, it is an early game at the ball park Wednesday for the Baby Bombers. Juan De Paula (3-3) is on the mound for Wednesday's 11 a.m. start time as Staten Island will go for the sweep against the Crosscutters in the teams' third and final game against each other in the 2017 season.
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