The Staten Island Yankees (26-16) pitchers were not their normal selves in the Wednesday night 7-3 loss to the Aberdeen IronBirds (24-18). Staten Island allowed seven runs, the second-most run total they have allowed in a single game this season while giving up 16 hits, the most hits allowed all season.
"The pitching staff has been outstanding, probably been the best in the league for a while all year," said Staten Island manager Julio Mosquera. "It is going to happen to them sometimes. They've been doing a really good job, but today just wasn't their day. They have been the back bone of this team."
The IronBirds jumped to an early lead putting up three runs in the top of the first inning as all nine IronBirds would step up to the plate in the first frame. Drew Finley (L, 0-3) would need 34 pitches to get out of the first inning as he picked up his third loss of the season.
"Finley was over the zone a little flat today," Mosquera said. "He tried to battle as much as he could today. He tried to make some pitches today, but it wasn't his night."
Staten Island went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. The only bright spots were shortstop Wilkerman Garcia who went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Timmy Robinson hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to cut into Aberdeen's 6-3 lead.
"Wilkerman has been swinging the bat pretty well and has been getting on base," Mosquera said. "Tim [Robinson] is a strong guy and got a lot of power."
Staten Island is now 3-1 against the IronBirds this season. The two division rivals have eight games remaining against each other this season. The second game of the three-game series at Richmond County Bank Ballpark is Thursday, Aug. 3, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Major League Baseball's Vice President of Social Responsibility and Inclusion Billy Bean will be on hand for a first pitch and autographs as part of the Staten Island Yankees' 3rd Annual Pride Night in conjunction with the Pride Center of Staten Island.
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