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Brooklyn, NY – July 22nd – The Cyclones snapped a five-game home game losing streak - the second longest in franchise history - with a 2-1 walkoff win against the Staten Island Yankees Sunday night.

Brooklyn put a run on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Dimas Ponce began the inning with a double, but he tried stretching that into a triple and was thrown out running back to second. Up next, Phillip Evans also doubled on a line drive to left field. Evans moved to third on a groundout by Kevin Plawecki and then scored on a double by Alex Sanchez. After taking a 1-0 lead, the Cyclones stranded a runner in scoring position as Stefan Sabol was called out on strikes.

Robles retired the first eight batters of the game in order before allowing back-to-back singles to Danny Oh and Taylor Dugas in the third inning. After Claudio Custodio grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the frame, the Yankees failed to get another man on base until the seventh.

During that frame, Staten Island knotted the game at 1-1 when Jose Rosario hit a line drive double to left field. Matt Snyder had singled to reach base, and later advanced to second on a single by Exicardo Cayones. When Rosario doubled, Snyder scored and Cayones was tagged out at the plate to end the inning.

The Cyclones had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the seventh, however, left the bases loaded. Sabol and Eudy Pina had both singled, and Jayce Boyd drew a walk to reach base.

Robles threw a season-high 8.0 innings, holding the Yankees to one earned run off six hits. He walked none and struck out nine batters. That’s the most he’s fanned in his six appearances this summer.

In the bottom of the tenth, Pina led off with a single. Juan Gamboa followed with a sacrifice bunt. Staten Island then tried to double up on Pina, but first baseman Saxon Butler threw the ball into the outfield. Pina moved to third on the error. Yankees reliever Mariel Checo then intentionally walked Ponce and Evans to load the bases with one out. Plawecki hit a fly ball to right field for the second out, however it was not far enough to plate Pina at third. Sanchez grounded out to second to end the Cyclones’ chance to scoring.

Before the game, Brooklyn ranked last in the NYPL with a .205 team batting average with runners in scoring position. The Cyclones hit just .097 against the Yankees in the first three games of this series.

Finally, after battling in extra innings, the Cyclones pulled ahead in the 12th. Dimas Ponce hit a one-out single to left before advancing to third on a single off the bat of Plawecki. Sanchez hit a two-out single up the middle to plate Ponce and win the game.

Tyler Vanderheiden earned the win for Brooklyn, pitching 1.0 inning, walking two and striking out one. Also working in relief, John Mincone held the Yankees to one hit in three scoreless innings.

The Cyclones will take on the Aberdeen IronBirds tomorrow, Monday, July 23rd at MCU Park. Julian Hilario (0-2, 3.75) will toe the rubber for Brooklyn, while Sebastian Vader (0-3, 7.29) is expected to make the start for Aberdeen. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Tickets are available now by visiting the MCU box office, calling 718-507-TIXX, or CLICKING HERE.

Additional Notes:
  • Prior to Sunday evening’s game, Steve St. Bernard – the Coney Island native who saved a young girl who fell from her third story window – was honored on the field.
  • Members of the Brooklyn Blue Storm little league team sold Launch-A-Ball tickets to Cyclones fans in an effort to raise funds to travel to Georgia for a championship tournament. The undefeated team of eight-year-olds currently has a 40-0 record and is headed to the American Amateur Baseball Congress World Series.

-Courtney Nunes

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