|Box | Wrap | Log W: Gavin Brooks (1-0); L: Pedro Perez (0-1); SV: Ryan Flannery (1); HR: Zoilo Almonte (1)|
After going 1-for-10 over the final three games of the season, the All-Star outfielder tripled and scored in the fourth to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. But he saved his best for last, pulling a pitch from reliever Pedro Perez (0-1) over the right-field fence to snap a 2-2 tie.
Three of Almonte’s eight homers this season have come against the Spinners.
Justin Milo and catcher Kyle Higashioka drove in the other runs for Staten Island, which has won 15 of its last 17 games and will host Game 2 on Wednesday night.
The home run was the only hit Perez allowed over 3 1/3 innings. Gavin Brooks (1-0), the Yankees’ ninth-round pick in the 2009 Draft, tossed two hitless frames for the win.
Trailing, 2-0, Lowell tied it in the fifth against Staten Island ace Adam Warren. Wilfredo Pichardo delivered an RBI single and Kenneth Roque scored the tying run on Higashioka’s throwing error. The Spinners loaded the bases with two outs, but Griffin Bailey replaced Warren and retired Michael Almanzar on a comebacker.
In other New York-Penn League action
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 3, Brooklyn Cyclones 1
Three pitchers combined on a five-hitter and Jason Kipnis and Rafael Vera both had two hits and an RBI as the Scrappers shut down the Cyclones in Game 1.
PITCHING MATCHUP FOR GAME 2: