Let's Play Two: Baby Bombers Swept in Doubleheader

There is nothing like a good old fashion doubleheader on Staten Island. For the Staten Island Yankees, there is also nothing like playing good baseball. Before Monday's action, Staten Island appeared to finally be coming into their own as a team, winning three in a row. However, they came crashing back down to earth on Monday as they were swept in the doubleheader by the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. So, the Baby Bombers will have to continues on for now, toiling in last place.

So, what can we really say about a day that had an outcome so poor for the Baby Bombers? You would think there would be nothing but the fact is, one has to remember that the purpose of this team is to develop the Yankee players of the future. And from that standpoint, there were plenty of bright spots. There were two new faces added to the roster. Two more GCL standout pitchers were added, Erik Abreu and Jason Stephens. To give some input on Abreu, he was a highly touted pitcher on the Yankees Dominican Summer League team in 2003 and started this year in the Gulf Coast. There, he did not yield a run in seven innings of work. Stephens, a big money draftee from 2003, had a larger body of work in the GCL and was just as dominant. Over 24 innings pitched, he compiled a 1.88 ERA and had a record of 3-0. So, both of these guys are thought of as having top prospect type of talent so they are certainly not to be overlooked.


Things just have not gone well for left handed pitcher, Chase Wright this season. He actually got a huge compliment as he was the Opening Day starter for the Battle Creek Yankees but since the first month of the season and especially after a trip to the disabled list, it has been nothing but negativity for Wright. The lefty was demoted to Staten Island last week and made his first appearance on Monday as he got the start. Chase lasted only three innings as he he labored badly, giving up five runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three. After starting this season off very promisingly, things have simply fallen apart for Chase Wright.


It was quite disappointing that Wright had such a sub par outing as they Baby Bombers were able to jump on the scoreboard early in the ballgame. The amazing Marcos Vechionacci, who has been nothing short of unbelievable this year, got things started. He did something rare for an youngster, let alone someone who is 17 years old. He drew a walk. It seemed harmless at the time but it would eventually lead to a early run. Hector Zamora followed with yet another walk as they then had runners on first and second with two outs. Then, Mr. Clutch himself came to the plate, Cody Ehlers. The 1st baseman has been Staten Island's best run producer as he leads the team with his 13 RBI. He smacked an RBI single to give the Yanks an early one run lead. However, it was quickly given away by Chase Wright. From that point on, the game started to slip farther and farther out of reach. Also, the only other offense from that point on came off the bat of Hector Zamora who had a two RBI single in the seventh inning. He had two hits overall in this game and has been one of the consistent performers in this lineup all year long.


Even though Chase Wright was rocked around the park to start the game, the recently promoted Erik Abreu showed what he was all about in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Abreu was lights out as he came in and struck out 6 of the only nine batters he faced. So, the 21 year old certainly opened some eyes in his first New York-Penn League appearance. But, by the time Abreu got in the ballgame, it was already too late as Staten Island went on to lose by the final score of 7-3.


A few hours later it was a different game but is was the same old result for the Staten Island Yankees as they went on to lose game two of the doubleheader, being swept by the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Jason Stephens made his New York-Penn League debut as well. Stephens could be described as okay. Nothing more and nothing less. He went five innings, giving up three earned runs on ten hits while walking none and striking out one. So, it was not a bad outing just to get his fee wet at least. Ben Scheinbaum came in for the final two innings (these were 7 inning games) and slammed the door as he has done very consistently this year so far. Scheinbaum gave up no runs on one hit. He did walk three batters which is not so great but he got the job done in relief.


Well, the offense was incredibly scarce for the Baby Bombers in this game. However that seems to be a common theme for them this season and last season as well. The 17 year old Marcos Vechionacci has been one of the few models of offensive consistency for this team this season as he continued to hit here in game two. He went 1-3 in the contest. All of a sudden, a guy that started out in Staten Island as a world beater, Tim Battle, has gone ice cold. Coming into game two he was 2 for his last 24 at the plate and he has lowered his average to .200. However, he kept himself afloat in game two as he picked up a hit in three trips to the plate. The only run of the game for the Baby Bombers came off the bat of Rod Allen as he blasted his second home run of the season.


Needless to say, with very little offense to speak of, the Staten Island Yankees lost game two also, by the final count of 4-1. So, there goes any hopes that they were going to pull it together right now. Maybe sometime down the road but it is not now. They reverted to their typical ways as the offense just could not put runs on the board. However, the pitching was something that did not come as it usually does on Monday also. It remains to be seen if there will be any changes to the pitching rotation with some of the new editions to the roster.


The Baby Bombers will now head to Tri-City to take on the Valley Cats, looking for ways to right their ship before it becomes too late. The Yanks will return home on Friday to take on the Hudson Valley Renegades.


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