The Cyclones opened the 2015 season with an extra inning win last night at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George. There was a packed house in Staten Island to see the Yankees and Cyclones begin another season of New York Penn League Baseball.
Derek Callahan took the hill for the Yankees and got through the Top of the 1st with no problems. With Tyler Badamo on the mound for Brooklyn, who were debuting their new road uniforms, Kyle Holder, the New York Yankees 1st round pick (30th overall) reached on a throwing error by SS Alfredo Reyes with one out. After getting Thairo Estrada to pop out, Ty McFarland reached on an error by 3B Pedro Perez to send Holder to 2nd. Badamo got out of the inning by getting Eduardo de Oleo to pop out.
After getting through the Top of the 2nd, the Yankees got on the scoreboard. Drew Bridges led off with a walk and Jhalan Jackson homered to left to give the Baby Bombers a 2-0 lead. Badamo got out of the inning by getting both Ryan Krill and Griffin Gordon to strike out, followed by a ground out by Jeff Hendrix.
The Cyclones threatened in the Top of the 3rd but failed to score. Jose Garcia, one of the team’s switched hitters, turned around to bat left-handed against the southpaw Callahan, but it was of little help, as Garcia grounded out to 2nd. Tucker Tharp singled to right, followed by a fly out to right by Alfredo Reyes. With Enmanuel Zabala at the plate, Tharp stole second. Zabala singled to send Tharp to 3rd. Vinny Siena walked to load the bases, but Michael Katz went down swinging to end the inning. Badamo got through the 3rd with no problem.
The Cyclones finally got on board in the Top of the 4th. Perez hit a 2-out double to left. Garcia, still batting lefty, singled to send Perez to 3rd. Tharp doubled to right, scoring Perez, but the throw from RF Jhalan Jackson to 2B Thairo Estrada to C Eduardo de Oleo nailed Garcia at the plate to keep the Yankees ahead 2-1.
Callahan would get through the 5th and be replaced. He finished with 5.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Katz led off the Top of the 6th by drawing a walk from Yoel Espinal. After getting Bernal to strike out swinging, a wild pitch from Espinal sent Katz to 2nd. Zach Mathieu grounded out, but moved Katz to 3rd. Another wild pitch from Espinal allowed Katz to score and tie the game at 2-2. Espinal got out of the inning by getting Perez to ground out.
The Staten Island offense made the Cyclones fans edgy in the Bottom of the 6th. Holder led off with a single to center. Estrada went down looking. McFarland grounded out, moving Holder to 2nd. A wild pitch by Badamo sent Holder to 3rd. de Oleo walked to make it 1st & 3rd, but Bridges grounded out to end the inning.
That would be all for Badamo, who finished the night with a pitching line of 6.0 IP, 2 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Following 1-2-3 Top of the 7th, Carlos Valdez was called in by Tom Gamboa to pitch. After getting the 1st 2 men out, Griffin Gordon & Jeff Hendrix hit back-to-back singles to center to make it 1st & 3rd, but Valdez got Holder ground out to end the inning.
The Cyclones threatened in the Top of the 8th. Zabala, Katz & Bernal all walked to load the bases, but reliever Travis Hissong got Mathieu & Perez to strike out swinging.
Neither team would score in the 8th or 9th, sending the game into extra innings. The Yanks got a runner over to 3rd in the Bottom of the 10th, but he remained stranded there. The Cyclones got a runner to 3rd in the Top of the 11th, but had no luck.
The Cyclones would break the tie in the Top of the 12th. With Sean Carley on the mound, having come in during the Top of the 10th, Zabala walked and went to 2nd on a bunt by Siena. Katz grounded out, but Bernal singled to left to score Zabala. Bernal was thrown out trying to go to 2nd, but the Cyclones had a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the 9th.
Gaither Bumgardner, who came in an inning earlier, closed it out with a 1-2-3 12th, giving the Cyclones their 1st win of 2015. They improve to 12-3 overall on Opening Day.
The Cyclones are home tonight for the Home Opener. The gates open at 4:45pm for STHs and 5pm for everyone else. The team will be giving out 2015 magnetic schedules, courtesy of MCU. 1st pitched is scheduled for 6:30pm, followed by post-game fireworks.