Opening Day Banner



Brooklyn, New York- June 20th-
The Brooklyn Cyclones (3-1), fresh off of taking two of three from the Staten Island Yankees this past weekend, defeated the Aberdeen IronBirds (1-3) on Angel Pagan Bobblehead Night at MCU Park.

Lefthander Chris Hilliard (1-0), who led Brooklyn in wins last season (9), became the first pitcher to win 11 games as a Cyclone by throwing 5.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and two walks on just three hits.  The southpaw also collected a single win with the Cyclones during the 2009 campaign.

After both teams failed to get on the board through the first three innings, the Cyclones took a lead in the bottom of the fourth, which they were able to defend for the rest of the evening. Third basemen Richard Lucas led off the frame with a walk and designated hitter Brian Harrison followed up with a line drive double to left. IronBirds starter Matt Drummond (0-1) then surrendered the ballgame’s first run on a balk. Travis Taijeron then laced a hard-hit ground ball to third basemen Connor Narron’s glove side, which deflected into left field, scoring Harrison for a 2-0 lead. The San Diego native has now driven in a run in three straight contests and is hitting .429 on the season.

The Cyclones would add two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on an infield single by second basemen Brandon Brown and an RBI single to left field by rightfielder Javier Rodriguez for a 4-0 lead.

Brooklyn reliever Orlando Tovar replaced Hilliard to the start the sixth inning but surrendered three runs. Designated hitter Joe Vellegia avoided the shutout for Aberdeen by launching a two-run home run to left field. Rightfielder Jeremy Nowak narrowed the deficit to one after plating a run on a double off the left field wall.

The difference-making run was added by Brooklyn in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, shortstop Danny Muno tripled down the right field line. After Aberdeen reliever Enrico Jimenez replaced Alex Schmarzo, Richard Lucas reached base and drove in Muno on an infield popup that wasn’t fielded.

Cyclones’ reliever Jeremy Gould earned his second save of the season but not before a late IronBirds’ threat. Catcher Wnyston Sawyer narrowed the deficit to a run once again on a solo home run to left field before Gould retired shortstop Mychal Givens on groundout to third base, stranding the tying run on second base much to the delight of the 7,258 in attendance.

The series with the IronBirds continues tomorrow evening at MCU Park. RHP Marco Camarena (0-0) and LHP Aaron Wirsch (0-0) will both make their first starts of the season. Fans in attendance will receive a free CUNY Cyclones Tee-Shirt and fans of all ages will be able to run the bases at the conclusion of the game. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 718-507-TIXX, at the MCU Park box office or right here on

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
Community Partners
Coney Island Parking
Stop N Shop