Larsen Goes Deep Twice In Rain Shortened Baby Bomber Win
STATEN ISLAND, NY- On Chien-Ming Wang Bobblehead Night, it was the Kyle Larsen show. The designated hitter went deep twice in the Baby Bombers' 6-2 rain shortened victory over the Muckdogs Thursday before 3,737 at Richmond County Ball Park to complete a three-game sweep.
After a 10-minute pregame ceremony honoring Wang for his accomplishments in helping lead Staten Island to its first two Penn-League championships in 2000 and 2002, Larsen got the scoring started by leading off the second with a deep drive off Batvia starter Alexander Concepcion (2-4) which just cleared the right field fence for his first home run of the game.
It was the beginning of a four-run inning in which Staten Island sent eight batters to the plate. After Colin Curtis tripled and Kevin Smith walked to put runners on the corners, third baseman Tim O'Brien doubled in Curtis to make it 2-0. Catcher Brian Baisley's one out single plated Smith and Seth Fortenberry's sac fly to left gave the Baby Bombers a four-run lead.
In the third, Larsen continued to swing a hot bat by putting a charge in another Concepcion offering by lining his second homer to right in two consecutive innings which increased Staten Island's margin to five. It was his sixth long ball of the season.
The slugger added a single in the fifth to make it 3-for-3 and later came around to score on a runscoring Curtis base hit for a 6-0 lead.
While Larsen and teammates supplied the offense, starter Francisco Castillo (3-1) cruised through the first five without allowing a hit. In fact, he faced the minimum 15 thanks to two double plays. After walking a batter in the sixth, he cameback to fan two Muckdogs and got Quintin Berry to line out to left fielder Brian Aragon.
With the no-no still intact, he came out for the seventh but finally allowed a hit to Zach Penprase, whose bloop single to right broke it up. Jason McDonald followed by doubling Penprase in to cut it to 6-1. After Castillo struckout Jacob Dempsey, he gave up an RBI single to Charlie Yarbrough which made it 6-2. It was the last batter he would face before reliever Luke Trubee replaced him.
Trubee gave up a double to Gus Milner which put runners on second and third before whiffing Douglas Morales. With two on, two out and the count 2-2 on Cody Montgomery, the sky opened up. A severe thunderstorm struck delaying the game for an hour and 25 minutes before the umpires called it to give S.I. it's fourth consecutive win. The McNamara Division leaders improved to a season high ten games over .500 (23-13).
Notes: Larsen's two RBI's moved him into the league lead (32). ... Castillo went 6.1 innings allowing two earned runs on three hits, walking three and striking out seven. ... CF Curtis finished 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. ... The Baby Bombers host the Cyclones Friday night at St. George in a home-and-home two-game series which concludes at Keyspan Park Saturday.