Articles from June 2011
Javier Rodriguez tied a franchise record with six RBI, including a grand slam, as Brooklyn defeated the Hudson Valley Renegades 16-5 on Thursday night. READ MORE
After the success of last year's TNA event at MCU Park, the high-flying action will be returning to Coney Island on July 1st and will feature "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair. Tickets are on sale now!!! READ MORE
For the second straight night the Cyclones were involved in a 1-0 contest, but this time came up on the losing end. Jeff Walters started and was solid through four, but a solo home run in the eighth proved to be the deciding factor READ MORE
Chris Hilliard has been one of the best pitchers in the history of the Cyclones, recently collecting his 12th Brooklyn win. The lefthander sat down with BrooklynCyclones.com to refelct on his time on Coney Island. READ MORE
June 28th -- Aberdeen, MD -- The Cyclones bats mustered only one run on five hits, but that was all the offense they would need as Carlos Vazquez (1-2) and three Cyclones relievers kept the IronBirds off the scoreboard all night in a 1-0 shutout win for Brooklyn. With the victory, the Cyclones improved to 8-4 as they won their third series in four tries this season.
Through his first two starts of the season, Carlos Vazquez has been Brooklyn's own Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In innings one through four, he has been nearly perfect. Allowing only four hits and one walk while striking out 10 and not surrendering a run. The fifth inning however, has been his undoing - allowing seven hits and five runs.
But tonight, Vazquez made a big leap in his development. After once again cruising through the first 4.0 innings without allowing a hit, he was once again faced with adversity in the fifth, but this time he fought his way through. With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Connor Narron singled and Wynston Sawyer doubled to put runners on second and third with one away. Vazquez, faced with his first base runners of the evening, quickly extinguished the threat striking out the next two batters he faced, his only punch-outs of the evening, to keep the Cyclones ahead 1-0 after five.
The Cyclones scored that lone run in the second inning thanks to a pair of doubles. Richard Lucas laced a two-bagger to right field to collect the first hit of the game for Brooklyn, and put a runner in scoring position for the Cyclones and set the stage for Charley Thurber's two-out double, which plated Lucas for the lone run of the game.
With offense at a premium, it was the Cyclones bullpen that once again played a pivotal role. Orlando Tovar pitched a scoreless sixth, followed by Hunter Carnevale who tossed 2.2 near-perfect innings, before giving way to TJ Chism. The southpaw worked his way in and out of trouble, recording the final out of the game with the tying and game-winning runs on base, to collect his third save of the year.
Brooklyn returns to MCU Park on Wednesday night to open a three-game series against the Hudson Valley Renegades. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a scratch off card with a chance to win game-worn Cyclones jerseys. In addition, there will be a post-game fireworks show as the Cyclones celebrate the end of school in New York City and the start of summer. Tickets are still available by calling 718-507-TIXX, in person at the MCU Park box office or at BrooklynCyclones.com
Calling all GLEEKS! On Wednesday, June 29th, MCU Park on Coney Island will be transformed into McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio for GLEE Night. READ MORE
Devon, formerly one-half of one of the greatest tag teams in wrestling history - Team 3D, will be at MCU Park on Wednesday to sign autographs. TNA returns to MCU Park on Friday. READ MORE.
June 27th -- Aberdeen, MD --The Aberdeen IronBirds (2-9) defeated the Brooklyn Cyclones (7-4) 4-3 in the second game of a three-game series on Monday night at Ripken Stadium. Brooklyn had beaten Aberdeen in 11 consecutive games dating back to last season before a late rally in the bottom of the eighth inning sealed the loss.
The IronBirds, losers of nine straight games after an Opening Day victory versus Hudson Valley on June 17th, got on the board first in the top of the second inning. With two outs and runners on first and second by way of walks to Connor Narron and Riley Hornback, Dudley Leonara scored Narron on a double off the base of the wall in leftfield for a 1-0 lead.
Aberdeen padded the lead an inning later with a run on a RBI single to rightfield by Joe Vellegia off of Cyclones’ starter Eduardo Aldama scoring Chris Clinton from second.
Brooklyn narrowed the deficit to a run in the top of the fourth on a RBI single on a fly ball to leftfield by Brian Harrison after J.B. Brown began the inning also by singling to left field. IronBirds’ starter Parker Bridwell, who was tagged for the loss in a 5-2 Cyclones’ win last Wednesday, provided 5.0 innings allowing a run on just three hits with five strikeouts and three walks before turning it over to the bullpen.
After holding the IronBirds hitless through four innings and earning the win last Wednesday, Aldama allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts before being relieved by Casey Hauptman in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Chase Greene evened the score with a solo homerun in the top of the seventh inning off of Angel Cespedes before the Cyclones temporarily took a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth inning. Cespedes was pulled in favor of Trent Howard (1-0) who allowed a run to score on a two-out double to leftfield by Charlie Thurber that scored Javier Rodriguez who had also doubled to leadoff the inning.
Brooklyn reliever Jeremy Gould (0-1) retired the first two batters of the bottom of the eighth inning on a flyout and groundout respectively before allowing three consecutive singles, the last by Joe Vellegia that scored Chris Clinton and Mychal Givens for the go-ahead run. Steven Mazur retired the side in order in the top of the ninth inning for his first of the save season.
The teams’ will conclude the three game set tomorrow night at 7:05 PM. Carlos Vazquez (0-2, 2.89 ERA) battles Jake Cowan (0-1, 3.60 ERA) in the rubber game. Brooklyn returns home on Wednesday, June 29th, for a game against Hudson Valley. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the MCU Park box office, by calling 718-507-TIXX or at Brooklyncyclones.com.
Congratulations to Cyclones outfielder Travis Taijeron for being voted the Cyclones Mobile Player of the Week for June 17th-24th. The 18th round pick hit .333 (7-21) with three runs scored and three RBI during his first week as pro. READ MORE
Righthander Marco Camarena kept the Aberdeen bats in check, tossing 6.0 innings without yielding an earned run. Brandon Brown hit his third home in the last two games as Brooklyn won 6-1. READ MORE
The Cyclones return to MCU Park on Saturday, June 25th for the first of three straight fireworks shows following great Cyclones baseball action. Get your tickets now! READ MORE
Brandon Brown (above) went 3-3 with two home runs and four runs scored, while Juan Torres added another solo blast for the Cyclones as they ran away with a 7-2 win over the Hudson Valley Renegades. READ MORE
On Saturday night, the Cyclones will wear special jerseys to benefit the New York Aquarium. The jerseys feature a large shark that wraps around the jersey and the word Brooklyn with a shark bite taken out of it. BUY TICKETS
Luke Stewart broke up Hudson Valley's no-hit bid with a two-out triple in the seventh inning, but that is all the offense Brooklyn would muster in a 5-1 loss on Friday READ MORE.
Carlos Vazquez (above) fell to 0-2 despite allowing just one earned run in 4.2 innings as the Cyclones fell to Hudson Valley 4-1 on Thursday Night. READ MORE
The Cyclones downed the IronBirds on Wednesday by the score of 5-2. Eduardo Aldama (above) limited Aberdeen to one hit in 5.2 innings. READ MORE
The Cyclones rallied from an early 2-0 defecit and walked off with a 3-2 victory over the Aberdeen IronBirds on Tuesday night. Luke Stewart plated Javier Rodriguez with a two-out, double in the bottom of the ninth READ MORE.
New for the 2011 season are several technological advances for your mobile device including text alerts, game updates and the ability to listen to the Cyclones broadcast through your smart phone. READ MORE
On Wednesday, June 22nd MCU Park will host host "The Hangover Night" presented by Caesars Palace. Join "The Wolfpack" for the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime VIP Package from Caesars READ MORE
Cyclones southpaw Chris Hilliard collected his 11th career win in a Cyclones uniform as Brooklyn downed the Aberdeen IronBirds on Monday night by the score of 5-4. READ MORE
Cyclones catcher Nelfi Zapata hit a home run off of rehabbing Yankees starter Phil Hughes to start the Brooklyn offense in a 5-3 win over Staten Island. The Cyclones took two of three from the Yankees READ MORE
Before the Cyclones Home Opener on Saturday, pitching coach Frank Viola sat down with BrooklynCyclones.com to talk about the 2011 season and his hopes for his first season back in professional baseball READ MORE.
The Cyclones open their 2011 home schedule this evening at 6:30 against the Staten Island Yankees. Here's a look at the News & Notes for the day READ MORE
Staten Island, NY – June 17, 2011 – The Brooklyn Cyclones kicked off the 2011 season in style with a 5-3 victory over the Yankees at Richmond County Bank Ballpark on Staten Island. With the victory the Cyclones improved to 9-2 all-time on Opening Day, including 7-1 against their rivals from across the Verrazano.
The offense came to life early for Brooklyn, who put up a three spot in the second inning to take the lead. Luke Stewart started the frame with a single, which was followed by a pair of walks to load the bases with nobody out. Catcher Amauris Valdez took advantage of the early opportunity and plated the first run of the season for the Cyclones with an RBI single to put the Cyclones on the board. After a wild pitch plated the second run of the game, shortstop Danny Muno, the Mets 8th round selection in the recent MLB draft, drove in the first run of his professional career with an RBI single to push the lead to 3-0.
The Baby Bombers clawed back with a pair of runs off Cyclones starter Eduardo Aldama in the third inning and later drew even with an unearned run off reliever Orlando Tovar (1-0) in the fifth to knot the score at 3-3.
Brooklyn quickly responded in the sixth, scoring a single run and taking the lead for good. Travis Taijeron, who finished the game 2-2 with a pair of walks and runs scored in his professional debut, started the sixth inning with a triple and scored one batter later on Dylan Brown’s RBI single. The run scoring single gave Brooklyn a 4-3 advantage heading into the bottom of the frame.
Staten Island rallied in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with two outs, before Brooklyn turned to TJ Chism out of the bullpen. The southpaw struck out Yankees outfielder Mason Williams, who was 2-2 with a double and home run to that point, to end the inning and keep the Cyclones in front.
In the ninth inning Ish Tijerina, who entered the game as a defensive replacement, added an insurance run with an RBI single to make the final score 5-3.
Chism, Hunter Carnevale and Jeremy Gould combined to toss scoreless innings of relief to close out the victory, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out five. Gould pitched a scoreless ninth to collect the save.
The Cyclones open up the home portion of their schedule Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. against these same Staten Island Yankees. Fans are encouraged to take public transportation to the ballpark due to the Mermaid Parade on Surf Avenue tomorrow afternoon. LHP Carlos Vazquez will make the start for Brooklyn. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 718-507-TIXX, at the MCU Park box office or by clicking here.
With the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaching, the NYPL has announced that every team in the 14-team league will be wearing a commemorative patch on their helmets for the 2011 season. READ MORE
The Cyclones will open up their home schedule on Saturday June 18th against the Yankees. First pitch will be at the special start time of 6:30 PM with gates opening at 4:45 PM. READ MORE
Rich Donnelly (above) will begin his first season as the Cyclones manager on Friday when the team takes on Staten Island. On Tuesday, the preliminary roster of players who will make up the 2011 Cyclones was announced READ MORE
The Beach Bums add another element of excitement at MCU Park. They are the first people to greet fans and are interacting with virtuall every person in the ballpark during every game. Here's your first look at the 2011 squad READ MORE
The TONY Award winning musical Milliona Dollar Quartet, which features the music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Jonny Cash, will be performing at MCU Park for the Home Opener on June 18th. READ MORE
In 2003, American Idol finalist Pia Toscano performed "The Star Spangled Banner" at MCU Park in one of her first public performances. On August 22nd, she will make her triumphant return to Coney Island READ MORE