The Staten Island Yankees (47-30) beat the Hudson Valley Renegades (45-33) Sunday by a final score of 4-1 to even the semi final series at one game apiece.
With the win, the Baby Bombers force a Game 3 that will decide who will move on to the New York-Penn League Championship.
After Saturday night's game in Hudson Valley ended on a walk-off home run, the Baby Bombers arrived to Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George with their backs against the wall facing elimination. Jonathan Loaisiga (W, 2-0) pitched dominantly to make sure that didn't happen.
Loaisiga pitched five shutout innings while only allowing four hits. He also walked just one batter and struck out four. He was able to escape a bases loaded jam in the fifth before he exited the game.
"He's got really good stuff, and he was throwing a lot of strikes, said Staten Island Yankees acting manager Josh Paul, when asked about Loaisiga's performance. "He kept them off balance, which is a pretty good combination."
After Loaisiga exited, the team continued great pitching out of the bullpen. Glenn Otto came in to toss 2.2 shutout innings followed by Kaleb Ort who only let up one run in an inning pitched. Eduardo Rivera (S, 7) came on to get the last out with the tying run at the plate for the Renegades.
"That kind of stuff builds confidence," said Paul when asked about his pitchers getting our of trouble.
The Yankees scored in the first inning as Timmy Robinson drove in two runs on a double to score Andy Diaz and Wilkerman Garcia. Robinson now has four RBIs in this series.
"It was nice to face the Big Leaguer," said Robinson when talking about his first at-bat against MLB pitcher Jacob Faria. "He snuck a fastball in first pitch that was fouled off, and then he went change up, then came back with another change up. It was nice to see the same pitch back to back and put a good swing on it."
The Baby Bombers showed resilience despite a tough loss on Saturday as the team prides themselves on bouncing back.
"You're going to have those games where somebody's got to win and somebody's got to lose," added Robinson. "We feel confident playing in our home field, and we have another one against them in a couple days, so we'll go out there and repeat what we did tonight, and we should be fine."
The Baby Bombers now force a winner-take-all game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Richmond County Bank Ballpark where the winner moves on to the NYPL Championship to take on the winner of the Vermont-Mahoning Valley series. Red-hot Yankees starter Juan De Paula (5-5, 2.90) faces off against the Tampa Rays No. 3-rated prospect and MLB's No. 1-rated two-way player Brendan McKay (1-0, 1.80).
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