The Cyclones fell to the Yankees by the score of 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel at Staten Island on Sunday. In his third career start for Brooklyn, LHP Angel Cuan baffled the Yankee hitters over six innings, allowing only one run on five hits and no walks.
Brooklyn trailed 1-0 in the early going, but came from behind for the third straight night to tie the game in the sixth inning. After a season-high five errors in Saturday night’s loss at MCU Park, the Yankees committed another costly misstep that allowed Brooklyn to even things up. With SS Luis Nieves on second with only the second hit for the Cyclones, 19-year-old CF Darrell Ceciliani (pictured, by George Napolitano) smacked a hard grounder back to the pitcher. Nieves rounded too far past third on the pitcher’s throw to first, but the first baseman’s throw across the diamond sailed off target and Nieves trotted home, scoring the tying run.
The run proved to be the only one of the night for Brooklyn, as the Cyclones mustered only two hits off Yankee pitching all game. RHP A.J Pinera (0-1) took the loss, allowing the go-ahead run on a double off the right field wall in the seventh inning.
The Cyclones return home on Monday to face the Aberdeen Ironbirds and will send RHP Wes Wrenn to the mound for a 7pm start. That night, the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a 10th Season Plaque, presented by SUNY Downstate Medical Center. It will also be “Furthur Night,” with the team wearing special jerseys to be auctioned off throughout the game.
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Written by Christian Karayannides