BROOKLYN, NY (September 7, 2015) -- The Cyclones season came to an end on Monday evening following a 5-2 loss at the hands of the Staten Island Yankees. Hengelbert Rojas went 2-for-3 in a losing effort as Brooklyn's season came to an end with a final record of 33-43.
After matching zeroes through the first three innings the Staten Island Yankees were finally able to break through in the top of the fourth. Brooklyn starter Jose Celas (1-2) worked in and out of trouble early in the game, but couldn’t escape the damage in the fourth. The righthander surrendered a single to Trey Amburgey to lead off the inning and then issued back-to-back walks to load the bases with nobody out. Celas then struck out Junior Valera for out number one before Thairo Estrada hit a ground ball to short that seemed like it might be an inning ending double play, but the Yankees second baseman beat out the relay throw to first, and Staten Island took a 1-0 lead. Eduardo de Oleo was next up for the Baby Bombers and he sent a 2-1 offering down the right field line, dropping it just inches inside the foul pole, for a two-RBI double as Staten Island increased their advantage to 3-0.
That would prove to be more than enough offense as the Brooklyn bats never got started on Monday evening. But Staten Island tacked on an insurance run in the top of the sixth courtesy of a two-out, RBI double from Junior Valera that pushed the Yankees advantage to 4-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth.
Brooklyn’s best scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Enmanuel Zabala stroked a one-out double off the left field wall that chased Staten Island starter Derek Callahan from the game. Yankees reliever Travis Hissong then walked Desmond Lindsay on four pitches before uncorking a wild pitch that moved both runners into scoring position with one away. But Zach Mathieu popped out to short stop and Brandon Brosher struck out swinging to end the threat.
After Brooklyn failed to score, the Yankees lead would swell to 5-0 in the top of the seventh when Eduardo de Oleo reached on an error and later came around to score on a Kyle Holder RBI double.
The Cyclones were finally able to break through in the bottom of the seventh when Oswald Caraballo started the inning with a ground ball single and moved up to third on a double by Hengelbert Rojas. Pedro Perez then popped out to shortstop for the first out, and would be the final batter that Hissong would face. Andre Del Bosque was the next arm out of the Yankees pen and got Manuel Hilario to hit a soft ground ball to third base, which would score Caraballo with Brooklyn’s first run. But Hilario would reach when Kevin Cornelius threw the ball away, putting runners on second and third, still with just one out. Alfredo Reyes was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for Brooklyn’s hottest hitter, Enmanuel Zabala. The Brooklyn rightfielder grounded out to second, scoring Rojas to make it 5-2, but that’s all the offense Brooklyn would be able to muster as Staten Island’s third reliever of the inning, Michael Schaub, retired Desmond Lindsay for the final out of the inning.
That would be the final threat of the game, and the season, for Brooklyn as the Cyclones went quietly in the eighth and ninth innings to close out Staten Island’s 5-2 win. The victory gave the Yankees the McNamara Division title and they will begin a three-game series against the Tri-City ValleyCats on Wednesday night at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.
Though the 2015 season may have been the franchise’s first losing season in 15 years on the field, off the field it was another successful season at the ballpark. Brooklyn led the New York-Penn League in attendance for the 15th straight season with 230,658 fans coming to Coney Island this season. The team also welcomed their 4,000,000th fan through the gates of MCU Park this season, reaching the mark faster than any team in short-season history.
So, as the 2015 season comes to a close, we leave you with the words they’ve been uttering at Brooklyn ballparks for decades….Wait ‘til next year.