STATEN ISLAND - Eric Wagaman hit a solo home run, while Junior Soto and Alex Junior added RBI base hits, but the Staten Island Yankees fell to the Vermont Lake Monsters 10-3 at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, on Wednesday night.
The Lake Monsters struck first in the evening with one out in the bottom of the third inning, when Noah Vaughn drove a 3-2 pitch from Yankees starter Rodney Hutchison over the right field wall for his first professional home run, giving Vermont a 1-0 lead in the process.
The home run was the only real blemish on the day from Hutchison, as the right-hander struck out four Lake Monsters, allowing only that one run on a total of two hits.
However, Vermont extended their lead in the top of the fifth, tacking on three runs in the top of the fifth, scoring on two bases-loaded hit by pitches and a walk. But the Yankees weren't phased by the 4-0 deficit, as Jackson Thoreson led off the bottom of the sixth with a single to left field, and scored on a double into the right field gap by Junior Soto, who came home on an RBI single by Alex Junior.
One inning later, Eric Wagaman cut the deficit to a single score, by smoking a 1-1 pitch from Lake Monsters lefty Chris Kohler over the left field fence for his fifth home run of the season.
Unfortunately, that was the closest the Yankees would get, as Vermont broke the game open with six runs in the top of the eighth, extending their lead to seven.
Staten Island will look to get back in the win column tomorrow at 7:00 p.m., against Vermont in the second game of this three-game series. On the mound for the Yankees will be Juan De Paula, with Rafael Kelly on the mound for the Lake Monsters.
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