The Cyclones and Yankees were squaring off for the 3rd time in as many nights with both teams having split the 1st 2 games. The Cyclones were also wearing special jerseys in honor of 90s night.
With Scarlyn Reyes on the mound for Brooklyn, Devyn Bolasky led off the game by grounding the ball to SS Alfredo Reyes who threw the ball into the dugout, sending Bolasky to 2nd. Sfter getting Luis Torrens to pop out, a wild pitch sent Bolasky to 3rd. Bolasky scored on a sacrifice fly by Connor Spencer. Reyes got Breen to fly out to end the inning with the Yankees up 1-0.
Brooklyn tied it up in the Bottom of the 3rd off Dillon McNamara. Michael Conforto led off with a double to left. Jhoan Urena singled past 1st scoring Conforto and moved to 2nd on a throwing error. Pedro Perez singled to center moving Urena to 3rd. Michael Bernal popped out. With Tucker Tharp up, Perez stole 2nd base, but Tharp went down swinging. That would be it for Dillon McNamara as Matt Borens came in to pitch and got Anthony Chavez to pop out.
The game remained tied at 1 until the Bottom of the 6th Tharp led off with a single to right. Chavez reached on an error that moved Tharp to 3rd. Alfredo Reyes grounds into a 6-4-3 double play that scored Tharp. Abreu went down looking to end it.
With the Cyclones up 2-1, Staten Island struck back in Top of the 7th. Spencer singled to left, followed by a strikeout by Chris Breen. Two wild pitches sent Spencer to 3rd. A wild pitch on ball 4 allowed Ty McFarland to reach 1st & scored Spencer. Reyes got Isaias Tejeda & Billy Fleming to strike out swinging.
Reyes pitched fairly well, giving up 2 runs in 7 innings while striking out 7. Kelly Secrest pitched a scoreless 8th, and Shane Bay pitched 2 scoreless innings. The Cyclones threatened in the Bottom of the 10th when Conforto hit a 1-out double and Urena was walked, but Yankee reliever Andury Acevedo struck out Perez and Michael Bernal.
Brad Wieck, who got his 1st win of the season, pitched the Top of the 11th. Bolasky hit a 1-out single to left. After striking out Torrens, Spencer was hit by a pitch. Chris Breen came up, making those who witnessed Monday night’s game tense. Breen hit a 2-2 pitch right to Anthony Chavez to end the inning.
Matt Wotherspoon was called in to pitch the Bottom of the 11th. Tharp led off with a single & Chavez reached on a bunt single. Alfredo Reyes bunted them over to make it 2nd & 3rd. Abreu was intentionally walked to load the bases and set up a double play. However, Wotherspoon threw a pitch that hit Rosario, sent Tharp home and giving Brooklyn a 3-2 win in 11 and sent what remained of the reported 7,786 home happy.
This win improved Brooklyn to 40-31 on the season. A walk-off grand-slam at Dodd Stadium allowed the Tigers to win 5-4, so the Magic Number is now 4.