The Cyclones lost a heartbreaker in Staten Island last night, which included an ejection before the 1st Pitch was even thrown.
Following the National Anthem, Jhoan Urena was engaged in a standoff with the Staten Island Yankees. He was twice warned by Home Plate Umpire Ryan Wilhelms to back down. Urena refused and was ejected. Prior to that, Urena had started every game of the 2014 season. Because Tom Gamboa was not on the field at that point (for reasons unknown), Hitting Coach Benny Distefano & Coach Edgardo Alfonzo argued with Wilhelms to no avail. Left with no choice, Anthony Chavez had to replace Urena at 3rd, and had to bat cleanup. This left the Cyclones with no bench players due to a plethora of injuries.
Brooklyn got on the board in the Top of the 3rd. Tucker Tharp led off with a single. Alfredo Reyes bunted into a force out. John Mora went down looking, but Reyes stole 2nd as well. Adrian Abreu reach on an infield single, moving Reyes to 3rd. Michael Conforto singled to right scoring Reyes and moving Abreu to 3rd. The inning ended when Anthony Chavez struck out swinging.
Staten Island quickly tied it up in the Bottom of the 3rd. Jose Javier hit a 1-out single. Connor Spencer reached on an error. Chris Breen flew out. A wild pitch by Cyclones starter Alberto Baldonado, scored Javier and moved Spencer to 3rd. Ty McFarland walked, but Isaias Tejeda grounded into a 6-4 force out.
The game would remain tied from that point on. Baldonado pitched a scoreless 4th, but was pulled after for a high pitch count. Carlos Valdez pitched 3.2 scoreless innings. Kelly Secrest pitched 1.1 shutout innings as well. The Cyclones had a runner in scoring position in the 8th, loaded the bases in the 9th and had a rare double from Anthony Chavez in the 10th, but failed to score in any of those innings.
Brad Wieck was called in to pitch the Bottom of the 10th. After striking out Javier & Spencer, Chris Breen hit a homer to right-center to give the Yankees a 2-1 win, sending the loud Brooklyn Cyclones fans home upset.
This drops the Cyclones to 38-31 on the season. Because the Tigers lost, the Magic Number has dropped to 6.