After a scoreless Top of the 1st, the Cyclones loaded the bases in the Bottom of the 1st, but didn’t score, thanks to an inning ending double play by Hengelbert Rojas.
The Yankees got their first runs of the game in the Top of the 2nd off Cyclones starter Andrew Church. Junior Valera led off with a single to center. He would steal 2nd and a fly out by Jhalan Jackson sent Valera to 3rd. Brandon Wagner hit his 6th double of the season to left scoring Valera to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Church got out of the inning by getting Jake Hernandez to ground out and Drew Bridges to strike out.
The Cyclones would quickly strike back in the Bottom of the 2nd off Yankees starter Luis Cedeno. Brandon Brosher led off with a walk. Enmanuel Zabala singled to right, moving Brosher to 2nd. Zach Mathieu, who had an amazing night, doubled to center, scoring Brosher & Zabala to give the Cyclones a 2-1 lead. Alfredo Reyes struck out swinging and Tucker Tharp flew out to center. Vinny Siena singled to left and Mathieu scored all the way from 1st to make it 3-1. David Thompson struck out swinging to end the inning.
Neither team would score in the 3rd inning.
Staten Island would tie it up in the Top of the 4th. Valera hit a 1-out double to center. Jackson reached on a throwing error by David Thompson that scored Valera and sent Jackson to 3rd. A passed ball sent Jackson in to score. Brandon Wagner lined one right at Zach Mathieu who made a great catch. Jake Hernandez grounded out to end the inning.
The Cyclones would go down quietly in the Bottom of the 4th and the Yankees did the same in the Top of the 5th.
The Cyclones had a chance in the Bottom of the 5th when Jeff Diehl drew a 1-out walk and Rojas doubled him to 3rd. Yankee Manager Pat Osborn pulled Cedeno for Jose Roeder, who got Brosher to go down swinging and Zabala to ground out to keep the scored tied at 3-3.
The Yankees would take the lead in the Island Top of the 6th. Thairo Estrada led off with a double to left and Kevin Cornelius homered to left to make it 5-3 Yankees. Valera hit his 2nd double of the game, which caused Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa to pull Andrew Church for Carlos Valdez. Valera would steal 3rd then score on a wild pitch to make it 6-3. Jackson walked, but Wagner popped out, Hernandez lined out and Drew Bridges grounded out to end the inning.
The Cyclones would not take it laying down, as the Bottom of the 6th saw Reyes reach on a 1-out single. Tharp flew out for the 2nd out. Reyes would steal 2nd, which would send him home on a single by Siena. David Thompson struck out to end the inning.
Staten Island would keep the offense rolling in the Top of the 7th. Jeff Hendrix led off with a walk. Kyle Holder bunted him to 2nd. Estrada singled to center, moving Hendrix to 3rd. Cornelius hit a sac fly to right that scored Hendrix to make it 7-4. Estrada would steal 2nd and Valera would walk. Jackson grounded into a force out to end the inning.
The Cyclones would quickly tie it up in the Bottom of the 7th. Diehl singled to left and a ground out by Rojas moved him to 2nd. Brosher grounded out, but Zabala was hit by a pitch. Zach Mathieu connected with a pitch so well, it cleared the left field scoreboard to tie the game at 7-7. Reyes singled to left and that would be all for Roeder, as Jonny Drozd was called in to pitch. Drozd got Tharp to hit into a force out to end the inning.
Corey Taylor came in to pitch the Top of the 8th while Jose Garcia came in to catch. Yaylor got a quick 1-2-3 inning, but the Cyclones went down just as quickly in the Bottom of the 8th.
The Top of the 9th saw Alex Palsha come in. All 3 batters he faced hit in to 4-3 ground outs. The Cyclones would get a runner on in the Bottom of the 9th but it was not enough, as the game went in to extra innings for the 2nd time in 3 games.
The Yankees would get a runner to 2nd in the Top of the 10th off new pitcher Craig Missigman.
Jose Mesa Jr. came in to pitch the Bottom of the 10th and retired the Cyclones in order. The Yankees went down in order in the Top of the 11th. The cyclones got a runner into scoring position in the Bottom of the 11th, but didn’t score.
Staten Island would finally break the tie in the Top of the 12th. Ryan Krill, who came in a defensive replacement, drew a 1-out walk. Valera hit the ball and a Zabala couldn’t properly come up with it, resulting in an error and Krill going to 2nd. Jackson singled to right, scoring Krill and moving Valera to 3rd. Wagner doubled again, scoring Valera and sending Jackson to 3rd. Hernandez reached on an error by Reyes that allowed Jackson to score and sent Wagner to 3rd. Bridges was called out on strikes.
That would be all for Missigman and due to the Cyclones depleted pitching staff, Tom Gamboa called on Pedro Perez to pitch once again. Perez hit Hendrix with a pitch, but struck out Holder to end the inning.
Zabala led off the Bottom of the 12th with a double to right. He would stay there as Mesa would strike out Mathieu, Reyes and Tharp, sending what was left of a crowd of 5,884 home with a loss.
The Cyclones will begin a 3-game set with State College tonight. All the gameday info can be found HERE.