The Staten Island Yankees (26-17) dropped their second game in a row with another loss to their division rivals the Aberdeen Ironbirds (25-18), 7-5. Aberdeen scored seven runs for the second consecutive game to down the Baby Bombers.
After starting pitcher Drew Finley did not fare so well against Aberdeen on Wednesday night, the Yankees needed some much needed length from their starting pitcher Jio Orozco. Orozco was averaging at least five innings pitched in both of his previous starts. Orozco would get off to a great start through the first two innings, striking out two batters along the way. It wasn't until the third inning when Aberdeen broke through on a solo homerun from Zach Jarrett and a RBI double by Trevor Craport.
Overall Orozco would give the Baby Bombers five innings pitched, but he gave up four runs on six hits while walking two batters. He also struck out five IronBirds. It was the most runs he's given up in a game for Staten Island this year.
"I think he threw the ball pretty well today," said Staten Island manager Julio Mosquera. "He gave up the long ball, but that's going to happen. I wasn't concerned about that. I was more concerned about him mixing his pitches and attacking the hitters, and I feel he did that."
Greg Weissert (L, 1-3) came on in relief for Orozco and had another rough time. In three innings pitched, Weissert gave up three runs on three hits. In his last three outings, he has pitched 3.1 innings, allowed seven hits and gave up seven earned runs. He had only allowed three earned runs all year before his outing on July 27.
With Thursday's loss, Aberdeen inches closer to the Yanks on top of the McNamara Division. The Baby Bombers came in to Thursday night with a two-game lead over Aberdeen, and now the Ironbirds have cut that lead to one. However, despite the recent surge of the Ironbirds and the Yankees being 3-7 in their last ten ball games, Mosquera says you couldn't tell with the way this team is going about their business.
"To be honest, they're not down," Mosquera said. "They were happy in the clubhouse and having fun, and that's what they have done the whole year."
When talking about the standings Mosquera added, "That is the last thing we worry about. Like I said earlier in the season, development is the first thing. They already know. I don't have to tell them. Everyone has cell phones, computers, ipads, whatever. They already know where they're at."
The Baby Bombers did have some bright spots Thursday night as Kendall Coleman went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. Dom Thompson-Williams was clutch as he drove in four runs on the night, including a two-run home run in the ninth inning to bring the Yankees within two runs from tying the game.
The Yankees look to bounce back Friday night as they take on the Ironbirds in the series finale and their last game against Aberdeen at Richmond County Bank Ballpark this year. Friday night is Military Appreciation Night highlighted by a Made in America cap giveaway to the first 1,000 fans courtesy of IBEW. Gates will open at 5 p.m. for a Veterans vs. Celebrities softball game in conjuction with Heroes Sports. Friday night also includes post-game fireworks.
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