Brooklyn, NY – August 31st - Hansel Robles (6-1) collected the win on Friday night, and finished the month of August 4-0 without allowing an earned run, as Brooklyn defeated the Staten Island Yankees 5-1.
Robles didn’t have his best stuff tonight as he went 5.0 innings allowing four hits, walking two batters, hitting one and giving up one unearned run. Coming into the game, Robles hadn’t allowed a run since August 4th (22.0 innings) when the Cyclones took on the Auburn Doubledays. The more impressive stat is that he hasn’t allowed an earned since July 28th (31.0 innings) against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. His scoreless streak of earned runs extended to 36.0 innings tonight, the longest streak by a Cyclones starter all season.
The Yankees were the first to score, as they took an early 1-0 lead. After retiring the leadoff man in the top of the second, Matt Duran singled and Exicardo Cayones was hit in the leg by a pitch. With men on first and second, Jose Rosario hit a grounder to second baseman Jeff Reynolds who misplayed a grounder loading the bases with one out. After Robles retired Isaias Tejeda for the second out, Taylor Dugas drew a two-out walk scoring Duran and giving the Baby Bombers the early lead.
Brooklyn struck back in the bottom of the third when Jorge Rivero led the inning off with a double down the right field line. Jeff Reynolds then grounded out moving Rivero to third with one out. Maikis De La Cruz walked bringing up Brandon Nimmo who was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. With the bases loaded, Dimas Ponce hit a sacrifice fly to center field to tie the game at 1-1.
The Cyclones offense didn’t take an inning off as they took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as Kevin Plawecki led things off with a towering home run over the scoreboard in left field to give Brooklyn a 2-1 lead.
After the Cyclones were able to add two more runs in the bottom of the fifth with some timely hitting, New York Yankees pitcher Pedro Feliciano entered the game in a rehab appearance. The first batter that Feliciano faced was Alex Sanchez who promptly lifted a home run over the left field wall extending the lead to 5-1. This is the second straight year that a Yankees pitcher on a rehab assignment has given up a home run to a Cyclones player. Last year Phil Hughes gave up a solo home run to Nelfi Zapata.
The Brooklyn Cyclones will return to MCU to face the Staten Island Yankees on Sunday, September 2nd at 5:00 PM. The Cyclones hold a slim 1.0 lead in the Wild Card so come out and root your Cyclones to the postseason. Tickets are available by visiting the box office, calling 718-507-TIXX, or CLICKING HERE.
- Julian Rifkind
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