Garcia plays hero in SI walk-off victory

Guzman, Young lived up to pitchers' dual hype

By Jose Rivera/WSIA / Staten Island Yankees | August 9, 2017 4:54 PM ET


The Staten Island Yankees (28-19) won their second straight game with a walk-off 3-2 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters (24-20) Tuesday evening. On a night where runs were hard to come by, Wilkerman Garcia played the role of hero, sending fans home happy with his bottom of the ninth single.


Going into Tuesday's game, fans got to see two pitchers who were in the top ten in ERA in the New York-Penn League scheduled to pitch, already giving the indication that runs were going to be hard to come by. Staten Island's Jorge Guzman and Williamsport's Kyle Young lived up to the hype as only three runs were given up between the two pitchers.


The Baby Bombers had trouble figuring out Williamsport's starter as Young tossed five hitless innings against Staten Island. At one point Young retired 14 batters in-a-row before an error in the fifth inning allowed a runner to reach base.


"He kept us off balance with his off-speed pitches," said Staten Island manager Julio Mosquera. "He's throwing the fastball down and away and gave us a hard time, but we stayed in the game."


Cesar Diaz would break up the no-hit bid when he singled in the bottom of the sixth. Mosquera noticed the electricity of the bench.


"The boys were jumping in the dugout," Mosquera said. "I just looked over there, and I thought someone won the Powerball."


The Baby Bombers would go on to score two runs in the inning as they tied the game at 2-2. Kendall Coleman contributed the big hit with a two-run single. Young finished the day with 5.1 innings pitched, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out seven batters.


Jorge Guzman held his own on the mound. Despite getting in trouble early with men reaching base, he settled down to give the Yankees five solid innings only giving up one run on five hits, striking out eight batters.


In tied ballgames, bullpen changes make a huge difference. On Tuesday night, Josh Roeder was that difference as he pitched 3.1 innings for the Yanks. Despite giving up a home run to start his outing, Roeder settled down to throw up zeros in the next two innings.


"Those things happen where you can bring in a reliever there, and they give up a run, but it's what I saw from him after," Mosquera said of Roeder. "He pitched and competed, and I was happy with him. I told him in the dugout 'Tremendous job today, son. You kept us in the game, pitched, and the HR didn't bother us.'"


Justin Kamplain (W, 2-1) retired two batters in the ninth to earn the victory for Staten Island.


In the ninth inning, the Baby Bombers came up to a bases-loaded situation and the game tied at 2-2. Garcia came up to the plate with one out in the inning and laced a single to right field as the infield played in, and the Yankees won the ball game, 3-2.

With the Aberdeen IronBirds losing their ball game Tuesday night, the Yankees find themselves back up by 1.5 games in the McNamara Division. They will square off against the Crosscutters again as Jio Orozco looks to get the Yankees a series win.

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

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