Brooklyn, NY – September 7, 2017 – Not even Thor could help the 2017 Cyclones as Noah Syndergaard took the loss for Brooklyn in their season finale as they fell to the Staten Island Yankees by the score of 8-4 on Thursday night at MCU Park.
Noah Syndergaard made the start for Brooklyn as he continues his rehabilitation assignment in hopes of rejoining the Mets. The righthander, making just his second appearance on the mound since April tossed 36 pitches, 25 strikes over 2.0 innings allowing three runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. The flamethrower did show some of that velocity that he has become known for, reaching 100 MPH on the radar gun in the first inning.
After spotting the Yankees a 4-0 lead, Brooklyn’s offense finally got in gear in the bottom of the third. Guillermo Granadillo collected Brooklyn’s first hit of the night, a leadoff single, and would come all the way around to score thanks to a two-out triple off the bat of Wagner Lagrange that sliced the deficit to 4-1 after three innings.
In their next turn at-bat, Staten Island responded in a big way tacking on three runs off of Brooklyn reliever Trent Johnson to push their advantage to 7-1, and seize complete control of the game. In the fourth, Jeremy Vasquez had a lead off double and came around to score on an RBI single off the bat of Franklin Correa that made it 7-2.
After a trading zeroes in the fifth and sixth innings, the Yankees tacked on some insurance in the seventh when Kyle Higashioka, who spent time earlier this year with the New York Yankees, hit his second home run of the game to make it 8-4. It was Higashioka’s fourth home run in five rehab games with the Baby Bombers and was the 44th home run allowed by Cyclones pitching this season, a franchise record.
In the bottom of the seventh Brooklyn had a golden opportunity to put a dent in the Yankees lead, loading the bases with nobody out after three straight single from Cecilio Aybar, Dylan Snypes and Wagner Lagrange. But Jose Medina and Jeremy Vasquez struck out before Scott Manea was able to salvage the rally with a two-RBI single that made it 8-4, but that’s as close as Brooklyn would get.
The Cyclones went quietly in the eighth and ninth innings to close out the game and the season for the Cyclones. Brooklyn finished the year with a franchise worst record of 24-52.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for Brooklyn as the team led the New York-Penn League in attendance for the 17th consecutive season, and Walter Rasquin established a new franchise record with 32 stolen bases, while also finishing among the league leaders in doubles and batting average.