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Four-run sixth proves costly for Yanks

August 7, 2013

Staten Island, NY - August 7th - The Staten Island Yankees were hit for four runs in the sixth inning on Wednesday night and fell to an eventual 6-5 loss to the State College Spikes.

In the top of the first, Giovanny Gallegos walked Spikes' second baseman Brett Wiley with the bases loaded to give State College an early 1-0 advantage.

The Yankees claimed the lead in the fourth. Eric Jagielo led things off with a line drive single to right. Yeicok Calderon then walked before Brandon Thomas popped out to third base. Following, Mike Ford singled to plate Jagielo and knot the game at 1-1. Up next, Bubba Jones grounded into a force out, allowing Calderon to score.

Two frames later, the Spikes rallied for four runs to take a 5-2 lead. David Washington walked before Carson Kelly and Brett Wiley hit back-to-back singles. Washington was out after being hit by a batted ball. Luke Voit and Michael Schulze then each hit RBI singles to plate Kelly and Wiley. Later in the inning, Cesar Valera hit a two-run double to score Schulze and Bosco - who had walked.

Staten Island added one run in the bottom of the eighth when Derek Toadvine and Mike O'Neill hit back-to-back doubles.

Wiley hit a home run in the ninth on a 2-0 pitch to make it 6-3.

Toadvine and O'Neill both walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, allowing two runs to score.

Relief pitcher Jhonny Polanco earned the win for the Spikes after tossing 2.0 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. Cale Coshow, who pitched 2.0 frames of relief for Staten Island, suffered his second loss. He gave up four earned runs off five hits, walked two, and struck out one batter. Also, Jeff Rauh picked up his fourth save after going 0.2 hitless innings.

The Yankees will take on the State College Spikes again tomorrow at 11:00AM. RHP David Palladino (1-2, 4.25 ERA) will toe the mound for the Yankees, while RHP Juan Bautista (1-3, 3.89 ERA) is expected to get the ball for the Spikes. Tickets are on sale now by calling 718-720-9265, visiting the box office at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, or CLICKING HERE.