Brooklyn, NY – August 26, 2017 – The Cyclones snapped their losing streak in style on Saturday night, defeating the Staten Island Yankees by the score of 3-2 in walk-off fashion. Scott Manea plated Jeremy Vasquez with a sacrifice fly to snap Brooklyn’s 14-game losing streak and send the sold-out crowd of 7,267, on Star Wars Night, home smiling.
The Cyclones jumped out to an early lead, scoring a pair in the bottom of the first inning. Walter Rasquin had a one-out single to start the threat and advanced to third on single from Jose Medina that put runners on the corners. With Vasquez batting, Staten Island starter Daniel Alvarez uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Rasquin to score the game’s first run and later in the frame Jose Maria added an RBI single to push the Cyclones advantage to 2-0.
Nicolas Debora made the start for Brooklyn and was impressive over his 6.0 innings on the mound, allowing just a pair of unearned runs, while striking out four to lower his ERA to 2.20. The righthander did not factor in the decision, leaving the game with the score tied 2-2, after a fielding error by Walter Rasquin led to a two-RBI double from Keith Skiner that tied things up at 2-2. In the third.
That’s how the score would stay, as both teams traded zeroes until the bottom of the ninth. Vasquez worked a one-out walk and advanced to third on a slow chopper from Jose Maria that eluded Yankees shortstop Wilkerman Garcia and put runners on the corners and set the stage for Manea’s heroics. With a 2-0 count, the Cyclones backstop lofted a flyball to right field, and the throw home from Timmy Robinson sailed up the third base line allowing Vasquez to score the game-winning run and set off a celebration of epic proportions.
For Brooklyn, it was their first win since August 9th and their first win at home since August 2nd. Brooklyn is now 5-5 on the year against the Staten Island Yankees including 4-3 here at MCU Park.
The Cyclones will look to win back-to-back games for the first time since July 21st and 22nd when they close out the three-game commuter series in Staten Island on Sunday. LHP Jake Simon (1-4) will make the start for the Cyclones at Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Brooklyn will then return home on Monday to open a six game, end of summer, home stand when they take on the Vermont Lake Monsters on Paint the Park Pink Night.