Smith leads Staten Island to 8-3 win over Aberdeen

Smith leads Staten Island to 8-3 win over Aberdeen

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Canaan Smith hit a three-run home run in the second inning, leading the Staten Island Yankees to an 8-3 win over the Aberdeen IronBirds on Wednesday.

The home run by Smith capped a four-run inning and gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead after Eduardo Torrealba hit an RBI single earlier in the inning.

Following the big inning, the IronBirds cut into the deficit with three runs in the sixth inning, including a single by Luke Ringhofer that scored Cody Roberts.

The Yankees later added two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Torrealba hit an RBI double and then scored on a single by Smith, while Kyle Gray hit a two-run home run in the eighth.

Staten Island starter Juan De Paula (1-1) picked up the win despite allowing three runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. Opposing starter Gray Fenter (2-3) took the loss in the New York-Penn League game after a rough outing in which he allowed four runs and three hits over three innings. Brooks Kriske pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings for his third save of the season.

Despite the loss, Aberdeen is 4-2 against Staten Island this season.