qmeme_1437050296566_412The Cyclones lost last night’s game in a odd manner, but it was a night of bad base-running and blown opportunities, as they lost their 3rd straight game.

The Cyclones blew an opportunity in the Brooklyn Top of the 1st, as they loaded the bases on two walks and a hit by pitch, but failed to score off starter Yoel Espinal.

Staten Island got on the scoreboard in the Bottom of the 1st. With Andrew Church on the mound, Kyle Holder hit a 1-out single to center and went to 2nd when Thairo Estrada drew a walk. Jhalan Jackson reached on a single and the bad throw by David Thompson allowed Holder to score, Espada to move to 3rd and Jackson to go to 2nd. Church got Jake Hernandez to go down swining and Drew Bridges to fly out.

Brooklyn blew another chance in the Top of the 2nd. Zach Mathieu led off with a walk and went to 2nd on a ground out. Alfredo Reyes drew a walk, and a wild pitch made it 2nd & 3rd. However, Tucker Tharp hit a line drive right back to Espinal, who doubled off Mathieu.

The Top of the 3rd didn’t fare much better for the Cyclones. Vinny Siena led off with a walk and when he tried to steal 2nd two batters later, he had to go back to 1st due to Brandon Brosher being called out on batter interference.

Staten Island got a runner into scoring position in the Bottom of the 3rd, but Church got out of the jam.

The Cyclones would take the lead in the Top of the 6th. Brosher has hit by a pitch with 1 out. David Thompson doubled to center sending Brandon Brosher to 3rd. Jeff Diehl drew a walk. Zach Mathieu hit the ball right at 1B Jake Hernandez who threw to SS Kyle Holder to get Diehl out at 2nd. The throw to try to turn the double play went wide, sending Brosher & Thompson home, giving the Cyclones a 2-1 lead. Enmanuel Zabala continued to struggle at the plate, as he grounded out to end the inning.

Blake Taylor was summoned in by Tom Gamboa to pitch the Bottom of the 6th. Thairo Estrada led off with an infield single. The hot-hitting Jhalan Jackson doubled to left, scoring Estrada and going to 3rd on the throw. Taylor got out of the inning by getting Jake Hernandez to ground out, Drew Bridges to strike out and Zack Zehner to grounds out.

The Cyclones had a chance to retake the lead in the Top of the 7th, but blew that one as well. With Cody Hamlin on the mound, Tucker Tharp hit a ground-rule double to left. A wild pitch send him to 3rd. Vinny Siena hit the ball right to 2B Estrada, who threw home and Tharp got nailed in a rundown. Michael Bernal flew out to end the inning.

The Cyclones did no better in the Top of the 9th. Mathieu got lucky and reached on an error. Branden Kaupe came in to run for Mathieu. Enmanuel Zabala laid down a good bunt to move Kaupe to 2nd. Staten Island Manager Pat Osborn called in Michael Schaub to replace Cody Hamlin. Alfredo Reyes reached on an infield single to move Kaupe to 3rd. However, Tharp would line into a double play that saw Reyes doubled off 1st in a questionable call.

Staten Island would finally walk off with a win in the Bottom of the 10th. With Carlos Valdez on to pitch, Holder reached on a bunt single, thanks to a bad call by field umpire Jose Matamoros. Estrada grounded into a force out that nailed Holder out at 2nd. Jhalan Jackson singled to center, moving Estrada to 3rd. The Cyclones elected to intentionally walk Jake Hernandez, but on the 2-0 pitch, Valdez was called for balking, sending Estrada home and giving the Yankees a 3-2 win in 10.


The Cyclones have now lost 3 straight and fall to 15-9. Their lead in the McNamara Division is now down to 1 game.

The Cyclones will face off against the Yankees tonight. The game will air live on SNY. In honor of Irish Heritage Night, the 1st 3,000 fans into MCU Park will receive an Irish Shamrock Jersey, courtesy of Budweiser.


About Daniel S. Weiss

I have been an avid Cyclones fan since 2001. In December of 2013 I decided to launch my own blog "Brooklyn Baseball Banter" to cover the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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