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CYCLONES WIN, THANKS TO A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

 

CYCLONES WIN, THANKS TO A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

The rivalry between the Cyclones and Yankees continued Friday night at MCU Park with an energetic sellout crowd of 8,070 fans in attendance to kick off the beginning of a three-game weekend series. Marcos Molina tossed 6.0 shutout innings for the Cyclones, but did not factor in the decision as Brooklyn rallied for a pair of runs in the seventh and held on for a 2-0 shutout win over their cross-bridge rival.

Cyclones Marcos Molina entered his third game this season, ranked as one of the top starters in the New York- Penn League and continued to dominate on the mound in Friday night’s game. In the first inning, Molina struck out the first three batters he faced. However, Staten Island’s designated hitter, Chris Breen reached base on a wild pitch, allowing the Yankees to send another batter to the plate. This did not interrupt Molina’s momentum, as he went on to strike out Staten Island’s cleanup hitter, Ty McFarland. Molina maintained control in the second inning, striking out two more Yankees, to punch out the first six Baby Bombers he faced. The Yankees were unable to pick up a hit off of Molina until the top of the fourth inning, when McFarland reached on a single up the middle.

Staten Island’s pitching was also successful in keeping Brooklyn’s bats quiet most of the game. Yankees starter, Dillon McNamara, threw 4.0 innings, only giving up three hits. Chad Taylor came in to pitch two perfect innings in the fifth and sixth and Andury Acevedo would make an appearance in the eighth, when the Cyclones made their first threat to score.

With two outs, the Cyclones made Acevedo work, as they patiently forced him to throw strikes. Michael Katz, Tyler Moore, and Joe Tuschak all walked to load the bases for Adrian Abreu. Staten Island bought Jose Pena out of the bullpen to face Abreu. With a 2-2 count, Pena threw a wild pitch that would force Yankees catcher, Luis Torrens to make a play at the plate. Katz was called safe, allowing the Cyclones to put the first run on the board. Abreu ended up drawing a walk, giving Dimas Ponce a chance to cause more damage. Fortunately for the Cyclones, another ball got away from Pena to let Moore race home from third. Ponce struck out swinging, but enough damage had been done for Brooklyn to take the 2-0 lead.

The Cyclones could not have asked for a better start from Molina as he pitched 6.0 scoreless innings, holding the Yankees to 2 hits and earned a season high 8 strikeouts. In the top of the seventh inning, lefty Kelly Secrest came in from the bullpen to relieve Molina. Secrest threw an easy three up, three down seventh inning, but the Yankees responded in the top of the eighth with a comeback threat. Secrest hit Connor Spencer and gave up back-to-back singles to Jake Anderson and Devyn Bolasky, loading the bases with nobody out. In the middle of a jam, Secrest was able to retire the next three batters in the heart of Staten Island’s lineup, Brady Steiger Chris Breen, and McFarland to three straight strikeouts and wiggle out of the inning. Another left-handed Cyclone reliever, Shane Bay, came in to close out the game in the ninth inning. Bay picked up his fourth save of the season and is now tied for first in league saves.

The Cyclones and Yankees will continue the heated rivalry Saturday with a game in Staten Island. They will return to MCU Park Sunday for the final game of the series. Sunday is Family Fun Day at MCU Park, when fans have the opportunity to take pictures with the mascots, Sandy and Pee Wee before the game and run the bases after the game. Dillon Gee, who was the New York Mets Opening Day Starter earlier this year, will make the start for the Cyclones on Sunday.  For tickets to the final game of this rivalry series, you can call 718-507-TIXX, visit the MCU Park box office or log onto BrooklynCyclones.com.

 

CYCLONES WIN, THANKS TO A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

The renowned rivalry between the Cyclones and Yankees continued Friday night at MCU Park with an energetic sellout crowd of 8,070 fans in attendance to kick off the beginning of a three game weekend series. With strong pitching performances from both teams, the game was scoreless through seven and a half innings with little action from the offense, but it was the Cyclones who were able to come out on top.

Cyclones Marcos Molina entered his third game this season, ranked as one of the top starters in the New York- Penn League and continued to dominate on the mound in Friday night’s game. In the first inning, Molina struck out the first three batters he faced. However, Staten Island’s designated hitter, Chris Breen reached base on a wild pitch, allowing the Yankees to send another batter to the plate. This did not interrupt Molina’s momentum, as he went on to strike out Staten Island’s cleanup hitter, Ty McFarland. Molina maintained control in the second inning, striking out two more Yankees, to punch out the first six Baby Bombers he faced. The Yankees were unable to pick up a hit off of Molina until the top of the fourth inning, when McFarland reached on a single up the middle.

Staten Island’s pitching was also successful in keeping Brooklyn’s bats quiet most of the game. Yankees starter, Dillon McNamara, threw 4.0 innings, only giving up three hits. Chad Taylor came in to pitch two perfect innings in the fifth and sixth and Andury Acevedo would make an appearance in the eighth, when the Cyclones made their first threat to score.

With two outs, the Cyclones made Acevedo work, as they patiently forced him to throw strikes. Michael Katz, Tyler Moore, and Joe Tuschak all walked to load the bases for Adrian Abreu. Staten Island bought Jose Pena out of the bullpen to face Abreu. With a 2-2 count, Pena threw a wild pitch that would force Yankees catcher, Luis Torrens to make a play at the plate. Katz was called safe, allowing the Cyclones to put the first run on the board. Abreu ended up drawing a walk, giving Dimas Ponce a chance to cause more damage. Fortunately for the Cyclones, another ball got away from Pena to let Moore race home from third. Ponce struck out swinging, but enough damage had been done for Brooklyn to take the 2-0 lead.

The Cyclones could not have asked for a better start from Molina as he pitched 6.0 scoreless innings, holding the Yankees to 2 hits and earned a season high 8 strikeouts. In the top of the seventh inning, lefty Kelly Secrest came in from the bullpen to relieve Molina. Secrest threw an easy three up, three down seventh inning, but the Yankees responded in the top of the eighth with a comeback threat. Secrest hit Connor Spencer and gave up back-to-back singles to Jake Anderson and Devyn Bolasky, loading the bases with nobody out. In the middle of a jam, Secrest was able to retire the next three batters in the heart of Staten Island’s lineup, Brady Steiger Chris Breen, and McFarland to three straight strikeouts and wiggle out of the inning. Another left-handed Cyclone reliever, Shane Bay, came in to close out the game in the ninth inning. Bay picked up his fourth save of the season and is now tied for first in league saves.

The Cyclones and Yankees will continue the heated rivalry Saturday with a game in Staten Island. They will return to MCU Park Sunday for the final game of the series. Sunday is Family Fun Day at MCU Park, when fans have the opportunity to take pictures with the mascots, Sandy and Pee Wee before the game and run the bases after the game. Dillon Gee, who was the New York Mets Opening Day Starter earlier this year, will make the start for the Cyclones on Sunday.  For tickets to the final game of this rivalry series, you can call 718-507-TIXX, visit the MCU Park box office or log onto BrooklynCyclones.com



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