After exchanging runs with the Yankees in the ninth, the Cyclones scored twice in the 13th and won 5-3 on Sunday night. In the 13th game between the cross-borough rivals this season, CF Sean Ratliff (pictured, by George Napolitano) delivered the blow with an RBI ground-rule double in the top of the 13th, which was followed by a squeeze play from SS Matt Smith to add another run.
The offensive attack had a west coast feel to it, as players who are from the western part of the country did most of the damage for the Cyclones. RF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Ripon, CA) went 2-for-7 with two stolen bases and Ratliff (Stanford University) went 3-for-5 and also had an RBI single in the second inning that scored 1B Ike Davis (Scottsdale, AZ), who doubled earlier in the frame. C Jordan Abruzzo (San Diego, CA) also singled for the Cyclones before LF Eric Campbell (Norwich, CT) ended the west coast bias with a home run to lead off the top of the ninth. The offense then remained relatively quiet until the rally in the 13th inning.
RHP Brad Holt threw six solid innings in his ninth start of the season for Brooklyn. Holt allowed four hits, two runs (one earned), and one walk while striking out five batters. LHP Jimmy Johnson, who made his 15th appearance of the year, entered the game in the bottom of the seventh for Holt. The southpaw tossed 1.1 innings of shutout relief, giving up a hit and a walk with one strikeout. RHP Stephen Clyne then came on and pitched three innings and allowed a run on four hits while striking out two. RHP Yury Santana (2-1) threw 1.2 innings and allowed just one hit with two strikeouts before RHP Jeff Kaplan picked up his first save of the season with a perfect inning of relief, striking out the first batter he faced.
The Cyclones (24-22) return home on Monday, August 4 at 7:00 pm to conclude their series against the Staten Island Yankees. On Monday, the first 2,500 fans will receive baseball caps presented by Ridgewood Savings Bank. It will also be Medieval Times, NYPD and Q104 Listener Night. A limited number of Box and Field Box seats are still available, so get your tickets now for your last chance to see the Yankees this season!
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