STATEN ISLAND, NY (June 15, 2018) – Despite five scoreless innings from starter Christian James and a late lead, the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Short-Season Class A affiliate of the New York Mets, dropped Friday night’s Opening Day decision 3-1 to the Staten Island Yankees at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.
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• With the game tied in the seventh inning, Staten Island’s Frederick Cuevas cranked a solo home run to center field, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Canaan Smith added an insurance run in the eighth with an RBI double.
• Brooklyn’s Jose Medina manufactured the first run of the game in the seventh inning, scoring from second base on a wild pitch and a throwing error against catcher Jerry Seitz.
• Though neither starter factored in the decision, both Christian James and Matt Sauers did not allow a run in their respective outings. James tossed five innings of four-hit ball with three strikeouts, allowing a walk.
• David Thompson, on a minor league rehab assignment, went 0-4.
KEY CYCLONES CONTRIBUTORS
• Christian James: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
• Jose Medina: 1-3, R
• Dionis Paulino: 1-3, BB
NEWS & NOTES
• At 20 years and 22 days old, Christian James became the third-youngest Opening Day pitcher in the team’s 18-year history. Only 2012 Cyclone Gabriel Ynoa (19 years and 23 days) and 2013 Cyclone Robert Gsellman (19 years and 334 days) were younger.
• The Cyclones fall to 12-6 all-time on Opening Day and 10-5 in Opening Day contests against Staten Island.
Cyclones v. Yankees, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Probables: RHP Briam Campusano (0-0, -.-- ERA) v. RHP Alex Mauricio (0-0, -.-- ERA)