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Tempers Flare as Staten Island Yankees Win Close One

The Staten Island Yankees beat the Vermont Lake Monsters by a score of 4-2. The festive crowd of 3,433 fans, many adorned in green for Irish Heritage Night, enjoyed beautiful weather and a close game with the Bombers coming out on top.

The Yankees took an early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning. Justin Snyder worked a walk to lead off the inning. During the next at bat, Luis Nunez doubled to left field, scoring Snyder. Nunez then came around to score on a wild pitch.

The Baby Bombers added to their lead in the second inning. Taylor Holiday reached base on a bunt single to third base and was able to score on a single to center field by Justin Snyder, making the score 3-0.

Vermont was able to chip away at the Yankees lead as they scored one run in both the seventh and eighth innings. Sean Rooney started the seventh inning off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Rooney then came around to score on a single by Anthony Benner. Bill Rhinehart hit a lead off single in the eighth. He advanced to third on a single by Garrett Bass and a sacrifice bunt by Aaron Seuss. Rhinehart then scored on a ground out by Rooney, cutting the Yankees lead to 3-2.

The Baby Bombers added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Austin Krum singled to center field and eventually scored on a passed ball with Taylor Holiday at bat, making the score 4-2. Vermont Manager Darrell Coles came out to argue the strike count on Holiday and was eventually thrown out by home plate umpire Greg Brown. Before leaving the field, Coles tossed most of the remnants of the dugout onto the diamond, among which were batting helmets, bats, a water cooler and a trash bin.

Ryan Pope had an effective outing in his debut with the Bombers. The third round draft pick was held to a tight pitch count after just joining the team on Friday. Pope ended the night allowing only three hits, two walks and no runs in 3.0 innings pitched.

The Yankees bullpen helped ensure the victory for the Bombers. Nick Chigges came in to relieve Pope in the fourth inning. Chigges allowed the six hits, one walk and two runs while striking out three batters in 4.0 innings pitched. Chigges’ strong performance earned him the win. Jason Kiley came in to pitch the final two innings and earned the save. Kiley allowed only one hit, no walks and no runs as he struck out one batter.

The Baby Bombers will continue their three-game set with Vermont as Dellin Betances will take the mound on Sunday, July 15th at 2:00pm at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.

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