07/19/2008 6:35 AM
The Cyclones were in complete control up until the ninth inning, but fell to the Staten Island Yankees 5-4 on a three-run walk-off home run. The loss is Brooklyn's fourth straight, and now drops them to 13-18 and seven games out of first place in the McNamara Division behind the rival Yankees. The Cyclones return home to face the Staten Island Yankees on Sunday at 5pm. Sunday’s game will be presented by Local 926, and kids run the bases after the game. In addition, former Brooklyn Dodger George "Shotgun" Shuba will be in attendance.
Brooklyn's nine-hit attack was led by C Jordan Abruzzo and 2B Josh Satin. Abruzzo went 2-for-4, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Satin (pictured, by George Napolitano) went 2-for-4 as well, smacking an RBI ground-rule double in the top of the fourth. RF John Servidio stroked an RBI double to left field in the second inning, and 3B Eric Campbell hit a double to center field in the ninth. CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, 1B Ike Davis, and LF Sean Ratliff also delivered hits for the Cyclones, and DH Reese Havens left the game in the top of the third with a leg injury.
RHP Brad Holt made his sixth start of the season for Brooklyn, and has yet to give up more than two runs in any of them. Saturday night was more of the same from Holt, as he worked 5.1 innings, allowing just one run on four hits and striking out seven. LHP Roy Merritt made his 11th appearance for the Cyclones, pitching 2.2 innings of relief. Merritt gave up just his second earned run of the season, allowing only one hit and striking out four. RHP Stephen Clyne recorded just one out in the ninth, giving up the game-winning run on a three-run home run to end the game.
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