The Boys of Brooklyn would take the rubber game of the series against the Baby Bombers today by beating the Yankees 6-4 in an error filled Father’s Day game.
The Cyclones got on the board early in the Top of the 1st. With Will Carter on the mound for the Staten Island, Vinny Siena drew a 2-out walk. During the next at bat, he stole 2nd, which was a good move, as Michael Bernal doubled to right, scoring Siena. A wild pitch with Zach Mathieu up sent Bernal to 3rd, which gave the Cyclones 1st & 3rd when Mathieu drew a walk. Jeff Diehl reached on an error by Yankees SS Thairo Estrada, which allowed Bernal to score and sent Mathieu to 2nd. Oswald Caraballo reached on an error by Carter to load the bases.
Yankees Manager Pat Osborn came out to talk to Carter, and because Pitching Coach Butch Henry had come out earlier in the inning, the Yanks had no choice but to remove Carter for James Reeves, who got Manuel Hilario to look at strike 3, but the Cyclones led 2-0.
With Michael Gibbons on the hill for Brooklyn, the Yankees threatened in the Bottom of the 1st. With 1 out, Griffin Gordon singled to left, but was forced out when Thairo Estrada grounded out 4-6. Drew Bridges struck out, but Cyclones Catcher Manuel Hilario dropped the ball & tried to throw out Estrada and overthrew, which allowed Estrada to go to 3rd & Bridges to reach 1st. However, Eduardo de Oleo grounded out to Mathieu to end the inning.
In the Top of the 3rd, Matt Borens was called in to replace Reeves. Bernal just missed a homer and ended up with a triple. Mathieu grounded out, but Bernal scored to make it a 3-0 ballgame in favor of Brooklyn.
The Cyclones would widen their lead in the Top of the 5th. With 1 out, Alfredo Reyes reached on an error by Bridges. Siena singled to send Reyes to 2nd. Bernal popped out, but Mathieu singled to center, scoring Reyes and sending Siena to 3rd. Jeff Diehl singled to left, scoring Siena & sending Mathieu to 3rd. Diehl went to 2nd on a throwing error. With the Cyclones fans loud, Oswald Caraballo popped out to end the inning, but the Cyclones had a cushy 5-0 lead.
The Bottom of the 6th would be the end for Gibbons. Junior Valera led off with a walk. Gordon grounded out, but moved Valera to 2nd. Estrada doubled to left, scoring Valera. Bridges went down swinging, but that would be all, as Tom Gamboa called in Nicco Blank to pitch. de Oleo doubled to left scoring Estrada, but Blank got the hot hitting Jhalan Jackson to go down swinging. The Cyclones were up 5-2.
The Yankees would keep battling in the Bottom of the 7th off Blank. Ryan Krill led off with a walk and went to 2nd on a balk. Zack Zehner drew a walk, and a wild pitch by Blank made it 2nd & 3rd. Valera would earn himself a backwards K, but that would be it for Blank, as Carlos Valdez was summoned in. Valdez got Gordon to ground out, but it allowed Krill to score and sent Zehner to 3rd.Estrada singled to left, scoring Zehner to make it a 5-4 game. Valdez got Bridges to strike out to end the inning.
With the lead down to 1 run in the Top of the 8th, Jeff Diehl gave the Cyclones a much needed insurance run to by hitting a homer to make it 6-4. The Yankees would fail to get another runner past 1st, and a Save by Alex Palsha sent the crowd of 3,839 home after a little over 3 hours.
The Cyclones now stand at 2-1 on the season, 1 game behind the 3-0 Hudson Valley Renegades. The Cyclones begin a 6 game homestand at MCU Park tomorrow night at 7pm.