Brooklyn, NY – July 17, 2017 – Brooklyn starter Jake Simon (0-3) struggled on the mound, allowing five runs, earned, on four hits with four walks over 1.1 as the Yankees jumped out to an early 5-0 lead they would never relinquish as Staten Island defeated Brooklyn by the score of 5-3 on Monday night.
“The first inning is the one that killed us,” Brooklyn manager Edgardo Alfonzo said. “When you get behind the hitters you’re going to get killed. That’s what happened today.”
Simon, a Galveston, Texas-native threw 38 pitches in a 22-minute span. It started with four straight balls (he threw 17 in the inning), and then a 13-pitch at-bat that ended with another walk. With a pair of runners aboard Dom Thompson Williams, who ended the night 5-for-5, got his first knock of the day to drive in a run and give the Yankees an early lead. Simon then plunked a batter to load the bases before a sacrifice fly made it 2-0 and Jason Lopez capped the rally with a two-RBI single that made it 4-0.
In the top of the second, Simon issued another four pitch walk, and ball four got away from catcher Carlos Sanchez allowing the runner to move to second. Simon served up another hit, picked the runner off successfully but Matt Winaker’s throw to second was offline and the runner stole second. Gregorix Estevez, who started warming up in the first before sitting down, got up again and entered the game after another RBI single.
The Cyclone offense got going in the bottom of the second, but two quick hits were followed by two quick outs and Domingo Fermin’s single brought in a run, but Ricardo Cespedes got gunned down trying to get to third to end the inning.
As has become common place in MCU Park this season, one wasted opportunity is followed by another. Following a quick fly out, a walk and two straight singles gave the Cyclones another run. The deficit now trimmed to three. Walter Rasquin popped out to the shortstop on the lip of turf that separates the infield from the outfield. Medina decided to tag up from third and made it. The only problem was he left early and the inning was over.
“The last thing I was thinking was that (Medina) was going to home plate,” Alfonzo said. “I like to be aggressive, but you need to know when and how to do it. That’s not how you should be aggressive at all.”
BKLYN added a run in the sixth, as Quinn Brodey came around to score after his leadoff double to make it 5-3, which is how the game would end.
After Brodey’s double, nine straight Cyclones were retired. In the bottom of the ninth, nine straight turned to 10 as Rasquin struck out looking. Cespedes dropped a drag bunt for a hit, brining the tying run to the plate. But, Reed Gamache hit into a double play and ended the game.
“We came up short again,” Alfonzo said. “Another good game, but we came up short.”
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