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O GEE, CYLONES FALL 5-4 TO YANKS IN RUBBER GAME

Despite a special starting appearance from former Cyclone and current Mets pitcher, Dillon Gee, the Yankees were the ones to walk away with a 5-4 win in Sunday’s rubber game in the battle for the bridge series.

Gee, who was the Mets Opening Day pitcher this year, made the start for the Cyclones Sunday evening as a part of his Major League rehabilitation. Gee was placed in the Disable List on May 14th with a right lat strain and made his first rehab start for the GCL Mets on June 24th. This game marked the first time since 2007 that the former Cyclone made an appearance at MCU Park.

Right off the bat, things did not start too good for the Mets right-handed pitcher. In the first inning, Gee allowed the first four Yankees he faced to reach base. Daniel Lopez led off with a double, which was followed by a walk drawn by Austin Aune and a pair of singles from Ty McFarland and Isaias Tejada. Gee gave up one earned run, but was able to find composure to strikeout the next two Baby Bombers and end the inning with a routine groundout to get the force out at second base.

Gee was only scheduled to throw 55 pitches as a part of his rehabilitation start, so with two outs in the third inning, Josh Prevost came in from the bullpen to relieve the starter. Gee ended his night with six strikeouts, but was tagged with the loss. Prevost finished the inning forcing Bo Thompson to groundout.

Cory Oswalt came in for the Cyclones in the top of the fourth and pitched 2.2 innings. Oswalt kept the Yankees off the board in the fourth and fifth inning, but got himself into a jam during the sixth. An infield hit from Nathan Mikolas started things off followed by a walk to Thompson. Oswalt then gave up three hits to keep the Yankees rallying and make it 5-0. Scarlyn Reyes ran in from the bullpen in the 6th with two outs and get Tejada to ground out to third.

Staten Island’s starter, David Palladino, kept the Cyclones bats quiet through the fifth inning, only giving up two hits. However, one of the hits that Palladino gave up early was a double to Jhoan Ureña in the first inning that extended the hot hitting third baseman’s hit streak to 10 games. It wasn’t until the bottom of the sixth when Brooklyn’s bats started to make some noise and knock Palladino around.

To lead off the bottom half of the inning, Palladino hit Anthony Chavez, allowing him to take first base and bring up the top of the Cyclones batting order. Joe Tuschak and Tomas Nido lined back-to-back singles to load the bases with nobody out. With a chance to cause damage, Ureña hits a ground ball to second baseman Ty McFarland who throws it to first, but the ball pops out of first baseman Connor Spencer’s glove. Everyone advanced safely on the error and Chavez crossed the plate to put the Cyclones on the board. Palladino was able to strike out Michael Katz for the first out. With bases still loaded, Michael Bernal grounds to shortstop Jose Javier, who tosses it to second to get the force, but the throw to first base is not in time to get Bernal. A run is scored on the play to make it 5-2. Tyler Moore is the next Cyclone to join the hit club. Moore lofts an RBI bloop single over second base, making it hard for Staten Island to make a play. Ureña scores to tack on another run. Jeffrey Diehl kept things going with a lined single to left field to score Bernal from third and make it 5-4. Dimas Ponce stops the bleeding when he grounds out to end the inning.

In an attempt to make another threat, Katz led off the bottom of the eighth with a single up the middle. On Bernal’s strike out, Katz steals second base, but the home plate umpire calls Katz out claiming Bernal caused interference to the catcher. Jordan Foley was able to close out the remainder of the inning.

Reyes finished the game for the Cyclones, pitching a strong 3.1 innings. He didn’t give up a single hit and only walked two Staten Island batters to help keep Brooklyn within comeback reach. Going into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cyclones continued to fight back. Ponce was able to get on base, thanks to an error made by McFarland at second. Pinch hitting for Chavez, Adrian Abreu kept things alive with a single through the left side. Yankees reliever, Justin Kamplain, was able to strike out Tuschak for the second out and leave it up to Nido. On a past ball, both runners advanced to put the tying run on third and go ahead run on second. However, the Cyclones were not able to drive in a run, as Nido went down swinging to end a heartbreaking game.

The Cyclone will return home to MCU Park on Wednesday July 2nd to take on the Hudson Valley Renegades. Field Box tickets to Wednesday’s game are only $10 and the Cyclones will celebrate Zombie Night at the ballpark. To purchase tickets, you can call 718-507- TIXX, visit the MCU Park Box Office, or log onto BrooklynCyclones.com.

 

O GEE, CYLONES FALL 5-4 TO YANKS IN RUBBER GAME

 Despite a special starting appearance from former Cyclone and current Mets pitcher, Dillon Gee, the Yankees were the ones to walk away with a 5-4 win in Sunday’s rubber game in the battle for the bridge series.

Gee, who was the Mets Opening Day pitcher this year, made the start for the Cyclones Sunday evening as a part of his Major League rehabilitation. Gee was placed in the Disable List on May 14th with a right lat strain and made his first rehab start for the GCL Mets on June 24th. This game marked the first time since 2007 that the former Cyclone made an appearance at MCU Park.

Right off the bat, things did not start too good for the Mets right-handed pitcher. In the first inning, Gee allowed the first four Yankees he faced to reach base. Daniel Lopez led off with a double, which was followed by a walk drawn by Austin Aune and a pair of singles from Ty McFarland and Isaias Tejada. Gee gave up one earned run, but was able to find composure to strikeout the next two Baby Bombers and end the inning with a routine groundout to get the force out at second base.

Gee was only scheduled to throw 55 pitches as a part of his rehabilitation start, so with two outs in the third inning, Josh Prevost came in from the bullpen to relieve the starter. Gee ended his night with six strikeouts, but was tagged with the loss. Prevost finished the inning forcing Bo Thompson to groundout.

Cory Oswalt came in for the Cyclones in the top of the fourth and pitched 2.2 innings. Oswalt kept the Yankees off the board in the fourth and fifth inning, but got himself into a jam during the sixth. An infield hit from Nathan Mikolas started things off followed by a walk to Thompson. Oswalt then gave up three hits to keep the Yankees rallying and make it 5-0. Scarlyn Reyes ran in from the bullpen in the 6th with two outs and get Tejada to ground out to third.

Staten Island’s starter, David Palladino, kept the Cyclones bats quiet through the fifth inning, only giving up two hits. However, one of the hits that Palladino gave up early was a double to Jhoan Ureña in the first inning that extended the hot hitting third baseman’s hit streak to 10 games. It wasn’t until the bottom of the sixth when Brooklyn’s bats started to make some noise and knock Palladino around.

To lead off the bottom half of the inning, Palladino hit Anthony Chavez, allowing him to take first base and bring up the top of the Cyclones batting order. Joe Tuschak and Tomas Nido lined back-to-back singles to load the bases with nobody out. With a chance to cause damage, Ureña hits a ground ball to second baseman Ty McFarland who throws it to first, but the ball pops out of first baseman Connor Spencer’s glove. Everyone advanced safely on the error and Chavez crossed the plate to put the Cyclones on the board. Palladino was able to strike out Michael Katz for the first out. With bases still loaded, Michael Bernal grounds to shortstop Jose Javier, who tosses it to second to get the force, but the throw to first base is not in time to get Bernal. A run is scored on the play to make it 5-2. Tyler Moore is the next Cyclone to join the hit club. Moore lofts an RBI bloop single over second base, making it hard for Staten Island to make a play. Ureña scores to tack on another run. Jeffrey Diehl kept things going with a lined single to left field to score Bernal from third and make it 5-4. Dimas Ponce stops the bleeding when he grounds out to end the inning.

In an attempt to make another threat, Katz led off the bottom of the eighth with a single up the middle. On Bernal’s strike out, Katz steals second base, but the home plate umpire calls Katz out claiming Bernal caused interference to the catcher. Jordan Foley was able to close out the remainder of the inning.

Reyes finished the game for the Cyclones, pitching a strong 3.1 innings. He didn’t give up a single hit and only walked two Staten Island batters to help keep Brooklyn within comeback reach. Going into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cyclones continued to fight back. Ponce was able to get on base, thanks to an error made by McFarland at second. Pinch hitting for Chavez, Adrian Abreu kept things alive with a single through the left side. Yankees reliever, Justin Kamplain, was able to strike out Tuschak for the second out and leave it up to Nido. On a past ball, both runners advanced to put the tying run on third and go ahead run on second. However, the Cyclones were not able to drive in a run, as Nido went down swinging to end a heartbreaking game.

The Cyclone will return home to MCU Park on Wednesday July 2nd to take on the Hudson Valley Renegades. Field Box tickets to Wednesday’s game are only $10 and the Cyclones will celebrate Zombie Night at the ballpark. To purchase tickets, you can call 718-507- TIXX, visit the MCU Park Box Office, or log onto BrooklynCyclones.com.



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