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SI Yankees Off to Hot Start With Back-to-Back Series Sweeps

The Staten Island Yankees are off to a hot start, improving to a league best 5-0 after a 3-2 victory over Aberdeen last night. The Yankees are playing great baseball, mostly with their dominating pitching staff and clutch hitting. Their mix of young talent combined with veterans has worked for them thus far and are playing as a cohesive unit. This unity among teammates has occurred at a rapid pace, as a good amount of the players had just met last week. Manager Dave Bialas has the team clicking on all cylinders.

The Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the first after Timmy Robinson singled in Mandy Alvarez from second. Robinson has been swinging the bat very well, contributing RBI’s in the last two games. He had two hits on the day and increased his average to .400.

Ricardo Ferreira, Mandy Alvarez, and Kane Sweeney also added two hits each.

The Yankees would strike again in the bottom of the fifth after Ricardo Ferreira singled, stole second base, and advanced to third on a throwing error. Mandy Alvarez would single Ferreira in to increase the lead to 2-0. Mandy also stole second and Robinson singled him in for his second RBI of the night.

Aberdeen would not get on the board until the top of the eighth on a double by Ryan McKenna that would score Frank Crinella from first. However, Yankees reliever Kolton Mahoney would limit the damage, as he was able to get Alejandro Juvier to pop out in foul territory.

Heading into the ninth inning, Aberdeen made things interesting by cutting the lead to one run on a Jerry McClanahan single. The Yankees would make a pitching change to bring in Eduardo Rivera. With a runner on second with two outs, Rivera was able to get Frank Crinella to line out on a hard hit ball to shortstop Chris Godinez. This was Rivera’s first save of the year as he was able to get a key out.

Simon De La Rosa pitched a great game, going six innings and allowing no runs and only two hits. He struck out four and recorded his first win of the season.

The Yankees have taken care of business at home winning their first four games. They have swept both the Brooklyn Cyclones and Aberdeen Ironbirds to start the year. However, the schedule will get harder as they face West Virginia Wednesday night for a three-game set. Game time is set for 7 P.M.

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