The Cyclones wasted a huge opportunity to open the 3-game set in Staten Island with a win, as boneheaded baserunning, bad hitting and the Yankees having those hated beautiful “Yankee moments” cost the Cyclones the game.
After a scoreless 1st Inning, the Cyclones got on the board in the Top of the 2nd off Yankees starter Freicer Perez. Blake Tiberi led off with a single to center and Ali Sanchez reached on an error, moving Tiberi to 2nd. Jay Jabs grounded, but made it 2nd & 3rd. Brandon Brosher grounded out, scoring Tiberi and moving Sanchez to 3rd. Darryl Knight looked at strike 3 to end the inning.
Gene Cone led off the Top of the 3rd with a walk and stole 2nd. Michael Paez, who entered the game with only 2 hits in his last 34 at-bats, struck out swinging. A passed ball moved Cone to 3rd. Desmond Lindsay drew a walk. Colby Woodmansee hit a sac fly to left, scoring Cone to make it 2-0. Tiberi popped out to end the inning.
Now with a 2-0 lead to work with, Cyclones starter Merandy Gonzalez struck out Jerry Seitz to start the Bottom of the 3rd. He did strike out Yancarlos Baez, but a passed ball let Baez reach 1st. Dom Thompson-Williams doubled to left, moving Baez to 3rd. Merandy struck out Nick Solak, but a wild pitch to Drew Bridges scored Baez and moved Thompson-Williams to 3rd. Bridges struck out, giving Merandy 4 strikeouts in the inning.
With 2-outs in the Top of the 5th, Michael Paez doubled to left and stole 3rd. Lindsay walked, knocking Perez out of the game for Justin Kamplain. Kamplain struck out Woodmansee to end the inning.
Austin McGeorge came in to pitch the Bottom of the 6th. Thompson-Williams led off with a single and stole 2nd. Solak singled to right, moving Thompson-Williams to 3rd. A wild pitch scored Thompson-Williams to tie the game at 2-2, but Solak was caught in a rundown for the 1st out. McGeorge struck out Bridges & Robinson to get out of the inning.
Joe Harvey came in to pitch the Top of the 7th for the Yankees. Brosher led off with a single and took 2nd on a wild pitch. Knight singled to left, moving Brosher to 3rd. Cone struck out swinging and Knight swiped 2nd base. Paez whiffed at air and Lindsay took strike 3 from reliever David Palladino, wasting a huge chance to go ahead.
Taylor Henry was called in to pitch the Bottom of the 7th and kept the Yankees from scoring.
In the Bottom of the 8th, Thompson-Williams reached on an error. Solak singled to right, moving Thompson-Williams to 3rd. Bridges hit a sac fly to score Thompson-Williams and put the Yanks ahead. Timmy Robinson flew out to end the inning.
David Sosebee came in to close out the Top of the 9th for Staten Island. Brosher was hit by pitch with 1-out. After nearly getting picked off, Brosher took a dangerously big lead. Sosebee fired to first a pitch later and to no surprise for any longtime fan, Brosher was picked off for the 2nd out. Knight ripped a single to right. Sosebee tried to pickoff Knight, but the bad throw moved him to 2nd. Cone singled to center, scoring Knight to tie it up at 3-3. Cone took 2nd on a throwing error by CF Thompson-Williams. Paez flew out to end the inning.
Gabriel Feliz came in to pitch the Bottom of the 9th. After getting two outs, he walked Angel Aguilar. Seitz doubled to center, making it 2nd & 3rd.
What happened next it something that is so typical of both a team associated with the New York Mets & a team associated with the New York Yankees, it cannot be scripted.
To the plate came Yancarlos Baez, who was hitting .029 at the time, an embarrassing 1-for-34, (but a more than acceptable number if he was under contract with the Mets). Every aspect points to this not being the guy you want up if you are a Yankee fan, as he cannot hit. But, being as this is the Mets vs Yankees, just at a lower level, all the longtime Mets / Cyclones fans with immense hatred of the Evil Empire, had to worry.
After throwing a ball in the dirt that C Ali Sanchez blocked, in that typical Yankee fashion, Baez singled to right, scoring Aguilar to give the Yankees a 4-3 win with a lovely ending and setting the Cyclones back another game from the Wild Card.
The two teams will be back in action tonight in Staten Island, as game time is set for 7:00 PM. RHP Justin Dunn (1-1, 0.50) takes on RHP Austin DeCarr (2-0, 3.62) on Irish Heritage Night at RCB Ballpark.