The Cyclones lost a heartbreaker tonight to their rival Staten Island Yankees tonight. This game was highlighted by former Brooklyn Cyclones pitcher Dillon Gee making his return to Kings County as part of a rehabilitation assignment.
Staten Island did not show Gee any mercy in the Top of the 1st. Daniel Lopez led off with a double to right. After a walk to Austin Aune, Ty McFarland singled to center, scoring Lopez. Isaias Tejeda singled to load the bases, but Gee got out of it by getting Nathan Mikolas & Bo Thompson to strike out swinging before Connor Spencer hit into an inning ending fielder’s choice.
Gee pitched well the rest of the way. Overall he pitched 2.2 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 earned run, 6 strikeouts and no walks. Josh Prevost finished out the 3rd. After that Corey Oswalt, who was slated to start, came in and pitched well in the 4th & 5th. The 6th is where he go into trouble.
Mikolas led off with a single, and moved to 2nd on a walk to Thompson. Spencer singled to load the bases. Renzo Martini singled in Mikolas & Jose Javier singled in Thompson to make it 3-0 Yanks. After getting Lopez & Aune to go down swinging, Oswalt gave up a hit to McFarland, scoring Spencer & Martini. With the Yankees up 5-0, Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa pulled Oswalt for Scarlyn Reyes, who got out of the inning by getting cleanup hitter Isaias Tejeda to ground out.
The Brooklyn Bats came to life in the Bottom of the 6th. Anthony Chavez led off by getting hit by a pitch, though Yankees Manager Mario Garza wasn’t happy with the call. Joe Tuschak & Tomas Nido hit back to back singles to load the bases. Jhoan Urena hit the ball to 1B Connor Spencer, but on the throw to P David Palladino who was covering 1st, Palladino droped it, allowing Urena to get on & Chavez to score. Michael Katz went down swinging, but Michael Bernal allowed Tuschak to score on his groundout. With Brooklyn down 5-2, Tyler Moore reached on an infield single, scoring Nido. Jeff Diehl followed with a single to left, scoring Bernal and cutting the lead to 1. However, Tom Gamboa, who started both Anthony Chavez and Dimas Ponce, both of whom are hitting below .100, allowed Ponce to hit, and Ponce ended the rally by grounding out to 3rd.
The Cyclones would threaten in the Bottom of the 8th after a leadoff single by Michael Katz. Bernal went down looking and Katz stole 2nd, but the umpires called batter interference on Bernal and also called Katz out. Gamboa was not happy and argued with home plate umpire that Katz should be sent back to 1st. While this was going on, MCU Park fans began chanting “UMPS, YOU SUCK!” Moore grounded out to end the 8th. After the game, the umps were booed and serenaded with the same chants as they exited MCU Park’s VIP Entry.
Brooklyn did threaten in the Bottom of the 9th. Justin Kamplain came in to close it and quickly struck out Diehl. Ponce grounded to 2nd, but reached on an error by Ty McFarland. Gamboa then sent Rosario to run for Ponce and Adrian Abreu to hit for Chavez. Abreu singled to left giving Brooklyn 1st & 2nd with 1 out. Tuschak went down looking, putting Brooklyn an out away from losing. With Nido up, Rosario & Abreu stole 3rd & 2nd, respectively, to put the tying run 90 feet away. However, Nido would lose the long at bat by going down swinging, giving Brooklyn their 2nd straight loss. They now trail the Renegades by 1 game.
The Cyclones have off Monday, followed by a series vs the Hudson Valley Renegades, which includes road games on Tuesday & Thursday.