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RARE LOSS AT HOME FOR BROOKLYN

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The Cyclones lost their second game in a row to the Yankees on Sunday, falling by a score of 8-7 in front of a crowd of 8,248.  The loss is just Brooklyn 's third at home this season, with all three coming against Staten Island.  Despite the loss, the Cyclones remain in sole possession of first place in the McNamara Division with a record of 24-13, leading the Yankees by four games.

Brooklyn fell victim to a five-run first inning on Sunday, and could not overcome the deficit, despite mounting several comebacks.  LHP Chris Hilliard entered the game with an undefeated 5-0 record, but surrendered six earned runs on seven hits in just three innings of work for his first loss of the season.  LHP Nelson Pereira tossed four strong innings, surrendering two runs on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts. RHP Daniel Carela came on to pitch the eighth and ninth innings, throwing two scoreless frames to keep Brooklyn within striking distance.

The Cyclones offense continued its assault, scoring seven runs on 12 hits but fell short by a run, and left 10 runners on base.  CF Darrell Ceciliani put together a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 to raise his average to .390 on the season, and added two walks and a stolen base.  One of his hits was a triple that placed him in the Cyclones record books, tying Dustin Martin for the single-season club record, with seven.

3B Brian Harrison went 3-for-5 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs, bringing his season RBI total to 13 in just 55 at bats. 2B J.B. Brown also registered a three-hit night going 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run. 1B Jeff Flagg added another RBI going 1-for-4 with a run. SS Rylan Sandoval, C Blake Forsythe, and DH Joe Bonfe each checked in with one hit, while Bonfe and Forsythe score one run apiece.

The Cyclones return home on Saturday, July 31st  to again face the Staten Island Yankees at 6p.m.  That night the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a one-of-a-kind Sleeved Blanket, presented by Verizon Wireless.  A spectacular fireworks show from inside the ballpark will also follow the game.

There's something for everyone at every Cyclones game -- free t-shirts, free jerseys, bobbleheads, fireworks, free food, and more! 

Check out the entire promotional schedule and get your tickets now! 

Written by Josh Mevorach

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