The Cyclones pulled off 2 come-from-behind victories today, as they swept the Staten Island Yankees in both games of a doubleheader. With the win, combined with the win on Sunday, the Cyclones swept the Yankees and finished their 6-game homestand with a 5-1 record.
Erik Manoah got the start in Game 1 for Brooklyn. After a scoreless Top of the 1st, Manoah ran into trouble in the 2nd. Timmy Robinson led off with a single to left. Dom Thompson-Williams singled to right, moving Robinson while taking 2nd on the throw. Kendall Coleman hit a sac fly to right to score Robinson and move Thompson-Williams to 3rd. Manoah got out of the jam by striking out Eduardo Navas & Danienger Perez.
Drew Bridges led off the Top of the 4th with a triple to right. Manoah struck out Robinson and got Thompson-Williams to ground out, keeping Bridges at 3rd. Manoah walked Coleman before getting Navas to ground out to end the inning.
The Cyclones finally got the offense going in the Bottom of the 4th. With Brian Trieglaff taking over for starter Taylor Widener, Michael Paez doubled to left. With Colby Woodmansee up, a wild pitch moved Paez to 3rd. Woodmansee hit a sac fly to center, scoring Paez to tie the game at 1-1. Pete Alonso singled to center. Blake Tiberi smacked the ball towards left, by SS Danienger Perez jumped and caught it get Tiberi before firing to first to double off Alonso and end the inning.
Perez led off the Top of the 5th with an infield hit. With Carlos Vidal up, Perez was caught trying to steal 2nd. Vidal singled to right & Dalton Blaser flew out to right. Vidal stole 2nd, but Nick Solak grounded out to end the inning.
Jacob Zanon led off the Bottom of the 5th with a walk & stole 2nd. After a flyout by Desmond Lindsay, Jay Jabs grounded out, moving Zanon to 3rd. Ali Sanchez grounded out to end the inning.
Manoah pitched a scoreless Top of the 6th and exited to a standing ovation. David Sosebee came in to pitch the Bottom of the 6th for the Yankees. Gene Cone singled to left and Michael Paez lay down a sac bunt that moved him to 2nd. Woodmansee doubled to center, scoring Cone to make it 2-1 in favor of Brooklyn. Alonso flew out and Tiberi grounded out, sending the game to the final inning.
With Manoah now in line for the win, Brooklyn Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa called in Kyle Regnault, who was finishing up a rehab assignment to close out the Top of the 7th. Regnault struck out Navas, & got Perez to ground out before giving up a single to Vidal. Regnault got Blaser to fly out and end the game, giving the Cyclones a 2-1 win over their hates rival.
Before the start of Game 2, a change was made. Pitching Coach Billy Bryk Jr. informed Brooklyn Baseball Banter that Raul Jacobson, who normally piggybacks Erik Manoah, would start the game with Gabriel Llanes coming in after him.
After a scoreless 1st inning, Bridges led off the Top of the 2nd with a single to left. After striking out Robinson, Thompson-Williams singled to right, moving Bridges to 2nd. Jacobson struck out Angel Aguilar before getting Jerry Seitz to ground into a 5-4 force out, ending the inning.
With 1 out in the Bottom of the 2nd, Tiberi reached on a throwing error by 3B Yancarlos Baez. Yankees starter Jonathan Padilla got Zanon to pop out, but Nick Sergakis doubled down the LF line to score Tiberi & make it 1-0. Dan Rizzie lined out to end the inning.
After a total of 5 scoreless innings from Jacobson, Gamboa put in Llanes. Llanes retired the Yankees in order in the Top of the 6th. Planes ran into trouble in the Top of the 7th. With 1 out, Bridges singled to left and a triple by Robinson tied the game at 1-1. Thompson-Williams singled to right, scoring Robinson to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Thompson-Williams stole 2nd, and Aguilar drew a walk. Seitz hit the ball Michael Paez, who threw to 2nd to get Aguilar and Woodmansee fired the ball to first to get Seitz to complete a double play.
Brooks Kriske came in to close out the game in the Bottom of the 7th. Nick Sergakis hit a 2-out single to right. A wild pitch sent him to 2nd. Rizzie hit the ball to Yankees SS Angel Aguilar that looked like it would end the game. However, Aguilar’s throw was so off-line, it landed in the Cyclones dugout, allowing Sergakis to tie the game at 2-2 and sending Rizzie to 2nd. Arnaldo Berrios singled to center and CF Dom Thompson-Williams fired home to nail Rizzie, sending the game to extra innings.
Llanes retired the 1st two Yankees he faced in the Top of the 8th. Blaser hit the ball toward right field and Paez dove to snag it. While on his butt, Paez fired to first and Alonso scooped it up in time to nail Blaser and send the game into the Bottom of the 8th.
Cone led off with a single to left. Michael Paez struck out swinging, but the wild pitch by Kriske moved Cone to 2nd. Woodmansee singled to right, making it 1st & 3rd. Alonso hit a sac fly to left, deep enough to score Cone and give the Cyclones a 3-2 win and a sweep of the Staten Island Yankees.
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