Coming off an important win against Aberdeen the night before, the Cyclones were able to use the momentum from it to take the first game of the series against Staten Island
Following the airing of the 2016 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, Thomas Szapucki took the mound for the Cyclones in his Brooklyn Cyclones debut. He gave up a leadoff walk to Dom Thompson-Williams, who also stole 2nd, to begin the game. Thompson-Williams was left there as Nick Solak struck out swinging, and both Drew Bridges & Timmy Robinson grounded out to end the inning.
Szapucki ran into a little bit of trouble in Top of the 2nd. Angel Aguilar & Kendall Coleman hit 1-out singles to make it 1st & 2nd. Szapucki got out of the jam by striking out Yancarlos Baez and getting Eduardo Navas to ground out.
Pete Alonso led off the Bottom of the 2nd for the Cyclones by drawing a walk and taking 2nd on a wild pitch by Yankees starter Simon De la Rosa. Nick Sergakis hit the ball to SS Angel Aguilar, who misplayed it, allowing Sergakis to reach base. With the hit & run on, Jay Jabs singled to right. RF Timmy Robinson picked it up and fired home to nail Alonso at the plate, while sending Sergakis to 3rd. Desmond Lindsay grounded into a force out, getting Jabs at 2nd, but he scored Sergakis to make it 1-0. Dan Rizzie flew out to end the inning.
The Cyclones wasted a huge opportunity in the Bottom of the 4th, as Blake Tiberi led off with a single and Alonso doubled to left to make it 2nd & 3rd, but neither scored.
The Cyclones managed to add a run in the Bottom of the 5th, but could have done more. Dan Rizzie led off with a walk and a single by Arnaldo Berrios moved Rizzie to 2nd. Gene Cone struck out swinging and Rizzie was caught stealing 3rd for a double play. Berrios went to 2nd on the throw. Michael Paez singled to center, scoring Berrios. Paez would steal 2nd and a walk to Tiberi knocked De la Rosa out of the game for David Palladino. The Cyclones executed a double steal to make it 2nd & 3rd, but Alonso struck out swinging to end it.
Dalton Blaser led off the Top of the 6th with a fly out to centerfield. That would be all for Thomas Szapucki, as he reached his pitch limit. Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa pulled Szapucki for Kyle Regnault, who was finishing up his rehab assignment. In total, Szapucki threw 5.1 shutout innings with 4 hits, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts in his Brooklyn Cyclones debut. Kyle Regnault got Aguilar to pop out before striking out Coleman to end the inning with the Cyclones still ahead.
Jabs hit a 1-out single in the Bottom of the 6th and stole 2nd. Lindsay singled to center, moving Jabs to 3rd. A walk to Rizzie loaded the bases. Berrios went down swinging, but Cone drew a bases loaded walk to score Jabs. Paez looked at strike 3 whirl by him to end the inning, but the Cyclones were now up 3-0.
Adam Atkins came in and pitched a scoreless Top of the 7th, striking out 2 members of the Yankees. Taylor Henry threw a perfect Top of the 8th inning to keep the Yankees off the scoreboard before Gamboa turned things over to closer Joseph Zanghi for the Top of the 9th. Zanghi retired the Yankees to close out a Cyclones win over their longtime arch nemesis. This was also the Cyclones first win over the Yankees in Brooklyn since a must win game on September 1st, 2014.
The Cyclones look to continue their winning streak as they take on the Yankees once again this evening. RHP Erik Manoah (3-1, 4.75) will make the start for Brooklyn against vs RHP Jonathan Padilla (1-1, 3.50). The Cyclones will be giving out iPhone speakers to the 1st 2,000 fans into MCU Park. The Gates of MCU Park will open at 5:15 for Season Ticket Holders and 5:30 for everyone else.