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SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE WITH 5-2 LOSS AT STATEN ISLAND


STATEN ISLAND, NY – September 5, 2016 – The Cyclones season came to a close on Monday night with a 5-2 loss at the hands of the Staten Island Yankees. Brooklyn finished the season with a record of 37-39, the second consecutive year and the second time in franchise history, that the Cyclones finish with a record below .500.

First round pick Justin Dunn made the start for Brooklyn and quickly found himself in trouble. Dom Thompson-Williams led off the bottom of the first with double to left field and Welfrin Mateo followed with an infield single that put runners on the corners with nobody out. Dunn was able to induce a double play pall to limit the damage, but on the grounder Thompson-Williams came home to give Staten Island a 1-0 edge.

Brooklyn answered quickly, drawing even in their next turn at bat. Colby Woodmansee worked a lead off walk and moved up to third on a booming double off the bat of Ali Sanchez. With a pair of runners in scoring position, Anthony Dimino had an RBI groundout that plated Woodmansee and knotted the score at 1-1.

Brooklyn threatened to take the lead in the top of the fourth when Desmond Lindsay started the frame with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. It then appeared that the Cyclones would have runners on the corners when Blake Tiberi hit trickler down the first base line that was fielded by Jonathan Padilla, who was ruled to have wiffed on his tag attempt allowing Tiberi to reach first on the infield single. But home plate umpire Jhonatan Biarreta had a change of heart, and changed his original safe call to out which led to an extremely agitated Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa getting tossed from the game. The 68-year-old, who finished his third season as Cyclones manager a little earlier than expected, tossed bats and helmets onto the field while continuing to voice his displeasure with the umpiring crew. Following the fireworks, the Cyclones rally – now with a runner on third instead of a pair aboard – quickly ended when Ali Sanchez flied out to right.

In the top of the fifth though, Brooklyn would take the lead without the benefit of a hit. Anthony Dimino started the frame with a groundball to third that Drew Bridges relayed over to first base, but Radley Haddad couldn’t make the catch which allow Dimino to reach safely and advance to second. Dimino then stole third base and when the throw from catcher Eduardo Navas went into left field, the Brooklyn first base man chugged home to give Brooklyn a 2-1 advantage.

Justin Dunn’s night would come to a close after three innings, allowing just the single run on three hits while striking out a pair. He handed the ball off to Harol Gonzalez, who was making his first appearance out of the bullpen for the Cyclones after dominating the New York-Penn League as a starter all season long. Gonzalez surrendered a solo blast to Thompson Williams in the bottom of the sixth that tied the game, and then ran into further trouble in the seventh when Staten Island would take the lead.

The Baby Bombers got things started with a pair of one-out singled from Drew Bridges and Kendall Coleman. Nathan Mikolas followed with the big blow, a two-RBI double into right field that gave Staten Island a 4-2 lead. Gonzalez responded, striking out Eduardo Navas for his New York-Penn League leading 88th punchout of the season, but Radlay Haddad followed with a single back up the middle to chase home another run and put an end to Gonzalez’s evening. Harol finished the season with a 7-3 record and a 2.01 ERA with 88 strikeouts in 85.0 innings on the mound.

Brooklyn went quietly in the eighth, and got a runner to third in the ninth, but were unable to add any more offense as they fell 5-2.

Monday marked the end of the 2016 New York-Penn League regular season, with the playoffs to begin on Wednesday night. The State College Spikes will take on the Staten Island Yankees in one semifinal, while the Hudson Valley Renegades and Lowelll Spinners square off in the other. Baseball will return to MCU Park on September 22 when the World Baseball Classic comes to Brooklyn featuring teams from Brazil, Great Britain, Israel and Pakistan.


STATEN ISLAND, NY – September 5, 2016 – The Cyclones season came to a close on Monday night with a 5-2 loss at the hands of the Staten Island Yankees. Brooklyn finished the season with a record of 37-39, the second consecutive year and the second time in franchise history, that the Cyclones finish with a record below .500.

First round pick Justin Dunn made the start for Brooklyn and quickly found himself in trouble. Dom Thompson-Williams led off the bottom of the first with double to left field and Welfrin Mateo followed with an infield single that put runners on the corners with nobody out. Dunn was able to induce a double play pall to limit the damage, but on the grounder Thompson-Williams came home to give Staten Island a 1-0 edge.

Brooklyn answered quickly, drawing even in their next turn at bat. Colby Woodmansee worked a lead off walk and moved up to third on a booming double off the bat of Ali Sanchez. With a pair of runners in scoring position, Anthony Dimino had an RBI groundout that plated Woodmansee and knotted the score at 1-1.

Brooklyn threatened to take the lead in the top of the fourth when Desmond Lindsay started the frame with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. It then appeared that the Cyclones would have runners on the corners when Blake Tiberi hit trickler down the first base line that was fielded by Jonathan Padilla, who was ruled to have wiffed on his tag attempt allowing Tiberi to reach first on the infield single. But home plate umpire Jhonatan Biarreta had a change of heart, and changed his original safe call to out which led to an extremely agitated Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa getting tossed from the game. The 68-year-old, who finished his third season as Cyclones manager a little earlier than expected, tossed bats and helmets onto the field while continuing to voice his displeasure with the umpiring crew. Following the fireworks, the Cyclones rally – now with a runner on third instead of a pair aboard – quickly ended when Ali Sanchez flied out to right.

In the top of the fifth though, Brooklyn would take the lead without the benefit of a hit. Anthony Dimino started the frame with a groundball to third that Drew Bridges relayed over to first base, but Radley Haddad couldn’t make the catch which allow Dimino to reach safely and advance to second. Dimino then stole third base and when the throw from catcher Eduardo Navas went into left field, the Brooklyn first base man chugged home to give Brooklyn a 2-1 advantage.

Justin Dunn’s night would come to a close after three innings, allowing just the single run on three hits while striking out a pair. He handed the ball off to Harol Gonzalez, who was making his first appearance out of the bullpen for the Cyclones after dominating the New York-Penn League as a starter all season long. Gonzalez surrendered a solo blast to Thompson Williams in the bottom of the sixth that tied the game, and then ran into further trouble in the seventh when Staten Island would take the lead.

The Baby Bombers got things started with a pair of one-out singled from Drew Bridges and Kendall Coleman. Nathan Mikolas followed with the big blow, a two-RBI double into right field that gave Staten Island a 4-2 lead. Gonzalez responded, striking out Eduardo Navas for his New York-Penn League leading 88th punchout of the season, but Radlay Haddad followed with a single back up the middle to chase home another run and put an end to Gonzalez’s evening. Harol finished the season with a 7-3 record and a 2.01 ERA with 88 strikeouts in 85.0 innings on the mound.

Brooklyn went quietly in the eighth, and got a runner to third in the ninth, but were unable to add any more offense as they fell 5-2.

Monday marked the end of the 2016 New York-Penn League regular season, with the playoffs to begin on Wednesday night. The State College Spikes will take on the Staten Island Yankees in one semifinal, while the Hudson Valley Renegades and Lowelll Spinners square off in the other. Baseball will return to MCU Park on September 22 when the World Baseball Classic comes to Brooklyn featuring teams from Brazil, Great Britain, Israel and Pakistan.



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