qmeme_1439297669370_900With 2,127 at RCB Ballpark, the Cyclones bats came to life today, as they pulled to within half a game of the Yankees for the McNamara Division lead.

Coming off a great win a day earlier, the Cyclones would go scoreless in the Top of the 1st. Staten Island would get their 1st baserunner of the night when Zack Zehner drew a 2-out walk. Cyclones starter Gaby Almonte, who got shelled in his last outing, got Brandon Wagner to ground out to end the inning.

David Thompson led off the Top of the 2nd with a double to left. Jeff Diehl went down swinging, but a single by Hengelbert Rojas moved Thompson to 3rd. Zach Mathieu continued to struggle by going down swinging. With Manuel Hilario up, a wild pitch by Yankees starter Yoel Espinal sent Thompson in to score and Rojas to 2nd. Hilaro struck out to end the inning with Brooklyn up 1-0.

Staten Island would get their 2nd baserunner of the night in the Bottom of the 2nd when Kevin Cornelius hit a 1-out double to left. Gaby Almonte would show why he is an All Star, as he would retire the next 20 batters in a row.

With 1 out in the Top of the 3rd, Tucker Tharp singled to right and Vinny Siena doubled him in to make it 2-0. Michael Bernal walked. Thompson flew out for the 2nd out. Jeff Diehl singled to left, scoring Siena and moving Bernal to 3rd. Hengelbert Rojas flew out to end the inning, but the Cyclones led 3-0.

David Thompson

David Thompson

Tharp led off the Top of the 5th with a walk. Espinal tried to pick off Tharp, but the attempt was offline, allowing Tharp to move to 2nd. Siena singled, moving Tharp to 3rd. That would be all for Espinal, as Yankee Manager Pat Osborn called in Will Carter to pitch. Carter struck out Bernal as Siena stole 2nd. Thompson hit a sac fly to left that scored Tharp. Diehl singled to center, scoring Siena to make it 5-0. Rojas struck out to end the inning.

The Cyclones got a 2-out single from Reyes in the Top of the 6th. Tharp singled to left, moving Reyes to 3rd & going to 2nd on the throw. However, Siena grounded out to end the inning.

Bernal led off the Top of the 7th by reaching on an error. Thompson doubled to left, scoring Bernal. Diehl drew a walk and that would be all for Carter as Andre Del Bosque was called in to pitch. Del Bosque got Rojas to fly out and Mathieu to hit into yet another double play to end the inning.

Tom Gamboa made some defensive moves in the Bottom of the 7th, moving Tharp to RF, sending in Enmanuel Zabala for Bernal & playing CF, and Oswald Caraballo to replace LF Rojas.

The Boys of Brooklyn would get one more in the Top of the 8th. Reyes hit a 1-out triple to left. Tharp & Siena drew walks to load the bases. Zabala was hit by pitch and scored Reyes. The scoring would stay at 8 for Brooklyn, as Thompson hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Gaby Almonte

Gaby Almonte

The Top of the 9th saw Will Fulmer hit for Diehl and strikeout. Oswald Caraballo grounded out and Pedro Perez hit for Mathieu. Perez did a great Mathieu impression by striking out as well.

Staten Island would threaten in the Bottom of the 9th. With Almonte still in to pitch, Drew Bridges reached on a bloop single. Jeff Hendrix walked, moving Bridges to 2nd.

That would be it for Almonte, as Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa pulled him to a standing ovation from the Cyclones crowd. Almonte threw 104 total pitching, giving up 2 hits & 2 walks while striking out 7.

Ty Williams came in and gave up a single to Kyle Holder to load the bases. Zack Zehner was punched out by home plate umpire Carlyon, resulting in a loud chant of Mike Casiano’s HEEEEE STRUCK HIM OUT! Brandon Wagner hit the ball right to Alfredo Reyes, who would turn a 6-4-3 double play to end the game, giving Brooklyn an 8-0 win.


The Cyclones look for the sweep of the Yankees tonight, as they return to MCU Park tonight. There is plenty going on, all of which can be found HERE.


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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