The Cyclones opened the 2014 season a day late but that did not deter the players. Octavio Acosta pitched brilliantly. He gave up 2 hits, 4 walks, 1 hit batsman & 1 earned run while striking out 7 over 4.2 innings. He was in line for the win, but he did not pitch the required 5 innings.
The Cyclones began the game offensively looking like last year’s team. Yankees Starter David Palladino threw only 5 pitches in the first inning. However, the Cyclones 2nd inning showed that Gamboa is no Donnelly. Over the next 3 innings, the Cyclones would score 2 runs per inning. The Yankees would get 1 run in the 5th, but it would be all. The Cyclones would score 2 more in the 7th while the Yanks would get 1 in the 9th.
Gamboa also showed that the team will play with more aggression. The team executed a few hit and runs, stole a base & even took risks on the base paths.
BOTTOM 2nd: Tomas Nido walks. Jhoan Urena hits the balls that hits Nido’s foot. Nido OUT, Urena SAFE at first. Michael Bernal Doubles in Urena. (1-0 BRK) Joe Tuschak doubles in Bernal (2-0 BRK)
BOTTOM 3rd: Tucker Tharp flies out. Amed Rosario walks. Tyler Moore singles. Nido triples in Rosario & Moore (4-0 BRK)
BOTTOM 4th: Jeff Diehl singled. Dimas Ponce walked. On a throwing error by P David Palladino, Diehl & Ponce advance 1 base each. Tharp walks to load the bases. Rosario grounded out to 3rd, but scored Diehl (5-0 BRK) After a pitching change, a wild throw by Conor Mullee allows Ponce to score. (6-0 BRK)
TOP 5th: Daniel Lopez draws a 1 out walk. Radley Haddad goes down swinging. Jose Javier singles Lopez to 2nd. Thairo Estrada walked to load the bases. Austin Aune got hit by a pitch, scoring Lopez.
BOTTOM 7th: Francis Joseph Pitching; Moore Walked. Nido singles him to 3rd & advances to 2nd on an error. Urena singles in Moore, Nido thrown out at home while Urena advances to 2nd. 2 Wild pitches by Francis Joseph allows Urena to score.
TOP 9th: Radley Haddad doubles. He would be driven 3 batters later on a single by Renzo Martini.