BURLINGTON, VT - Staten Island got six hits, five runs and four RBI from the bottom three hitters in their order as the Yankees beat the Vermont Lake Monsters 7-4 in New York-Penn League action Saturday night at historic Centennial Field.
Vermont got off to a quick start when Derrick Norris connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning off Yankee starter Cory Arbiso. It was a team-leading eighth home run of the season for Norris, while the Lake Monsters first home run at Centennial since August 11th.
The Yankees tied the game 3-3 with three runs in the top of the third, all three runs scored by the bottom three in the order. Steven Strausbaugh led off with a walk, moved to second on a Melky Mesa single and scored along with Mesa on a two-run Roy Gomez double. Gomez then scored on a David Adams sacrifice fly to tie the game.
It stayed 3-3 until the sixth inning when Staten Island got a pair of runs off reliever Randy Matias. Jack Rye had an RBI double to center scoring Michael Lyon with the go ahead run and then scored on a Strausbaugh RBI single. Vermont got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a bases loaded sacrifice fly from Jake Dugger to score Danny Espinosa.
Staten Island got a pair of insurance runs in the ninth off Matias as Strausbaugh led off with a home run, Mesa singled, Gomez singled and Dan Brewer singled home Mesa to give the Yankees a 7-4 lead. Seven of the Lake Monsters final nine outs were by strikeout, including the side in both the seventh and ninth innings.
Andrew Shive (8-2) allowed 1 run on 1 hits with two walks and four strikeouts in three innings of relief for the victory, while Pat Venditte struckout the side in the ninth to pick up his 18th save for McNamara Division-leading Staten Island (40-22).
Matias (2-4) allowed four runs on nine hits over four innings to take the loss in relief of starter Will Atwood, who allowed three runs on three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in five innings. The Lake Monsters managed just three hits in the game, while striking out 13 times.
---Courtesy Vermont Lake Monsters
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