Opening Day Banner

News

CYCLONES TAKE RUBBER GAME FROM YANKEES, 5-3

Photo Courtesy of George Napolitano
Brooklyn, New York – June 19th – The Brooklyn Cyclones (2-1) defeated Phil Hughes and the Staten Island Yankees (1-2) in front of a Father’s Day crowd of 7,966. Jeff Walters opposed Hughes, tossing 4.1 innings of two-run ball and striking out four. Hunter Carnevale (1-0) earned the win in relief for the Cyclones, striking out four in 2.0 innings of work and T.J. Chism earned his first save of 2011. Second baseman Ismael Tijerina paced Brooklyn by going 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Catcher Nelfi Zapata hit his first home run of 2011, going yard off of Hughes.

Brooklyn threatened in the first inning when shortstop Danny Muno and Tijerina both singled to put men on the corners with no outs. Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes promptly struck out a pair of Cyclones, but allowed a walk to first baseman Luke Stewart to load the bases. Hughes, however, worked out of trouble by inducing an inning-ending strikeout.

Walters worked two scoreless frames before allowing a pair of runs in the third inning. A lead-off walk by third baseman Casey Stevenson and a single by left fielder Shane Brown gave the Yankees runners on first and second with one out. Center fielder Mason Williams then singled to plate Stevenson and advance Brown to third base. Shortstop Cito Culver’s groundball up the middle was snagged by Tijerina and fired over to first for the second out of the inning, but Brown scored on the play, giving Staten Island a 2-0 lead.

Hughes held the Cyclones scoreless through 4.1 innings, but Zapata homered off of the left field scoreboard to give Brooklyn their first run. Hughes was subsequently lifted after reaching his prearranged pitch count limit.

With the Yankees ahead 2-1, Tijerina led off the bottom of the sixth with a line drive single to left field. After advancing to third on a groundball, Tijerina was driven in on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Richard Lucas, evening the score at two. A single by Stewart and the plunking of designated hitter Juan Torres put Cyclones on first and second with left fielder Travis Taijeron at the plate. Taijeron promptly singled up the middle to put Brooklyn up 3-2.

Staten Island, however, responded with a run of their own in the seventh. After singling to lead-off the inning, Williams stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Zapata. An RBI-ground out to the shortstop by Culver allowed Williams to score, tying the game.

With one out in the bottom half of the frame, center fielder Chase Greene singled to start a Cyclones rally. After Muno drew a walk, Tijerina grounded out to third base, allowing Greene and Muno to advance to third and second respectively. With two outs, right fielder Javier Rodriguez laced a hard groundball to the right of the second baseman, but he hustled down the line, beating the throw, and allowing both Greene and Muno to score.

Both Brooklyn and Staten Island were held scoreless in the eighth. With a 5-3 lead heading into the ninth, the Cyclones kept T.J. Chism out on the hill to close the door. The Yankees threatened, putting runners on first and second with two outs, but Stewart snagged a line drive that was heading down the right field line to end the game.

The Cyclones will begin a three-game series at home against the Aberdeen IronBirds tomorrow, Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m. LHP Chris Hilliard (0-0) and LHP Matt Drummond (0-0) will take the hill for Brooklyn and Aberdeen respectively. Tomorrow’s game will be broadcasted on SNY and 3,000 lucky fans will receive an Angel Pagan bobblehead. Angel will also be in attendance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

-- by Ryan Gilbert --




Search Archive »





Browse by Month »

September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
February 2007
Hospital for Special Surgery
Coney Island Parking