The Brooklyn Cyclones dropped the rubber game of an important series against the Staten Island Yankees, leading many fans to question whether or not this team will make the playoffs.
It was #BeatBKLYN Night #2 in Staten Island, as last year’s flopped on the field for the Yankees. Before the gates even opened, there were a ton of fans lined up early to get a bobblehead of switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, who made his historic debut at MCU Park, depicting him pitching both right & left handed.
With Simon De La Rosa on the mound for Staten Island, Blake Tiberi led off the Top of the 2nd with a blast off the batter’s eye in CF for what would be Brooklyn’s only run of the night. The Cyclones would load the bases with 2-outs in the inning, but Michael Paez continued to louse it up at the plate with a strikeout, as he is now 3-for-48 (.063) since August 5th.
Erik Manoah got the start for Brooklyn and ran into trouble in the Bottom of the 3rd. Angel Aguilar led off with a double to left and took 3rd on a wild pitch. Ben Ruta was called out on strikes, but a groundout by Nick Solak allowed Aguilar to tie the game at 1-1. Manoah got Drew Bridges to pop out to end the inning.
Manoah allowed the Yankees to load the bases in the Bottom of the 4th, but got out of the jam. However, his struggles continued in the Bottom of the 5th. Ruta led off with a single, Solak reached on an error, a passed ball occurred and Bridges walked, loading the bases for the Yankees. Timmy Robinson doubled to left, scoring Ruta & Solak and moving Bridges to 3rd. Manoah managed to get Kane Sweeney, Kendall Coleman & Jerry Seitz to all strike out to end the inning.
James Pazos, who was on rehab assignment for the New York Yankees, came in to pitch the Top of the 6th. After getting the first two Cyclones out, Darryl Knight singled to left, but was caught trying to steal 2nd to end the inning.
Gary Cornish came in to pitch the Bottom of the 6th and gave up a 1-out, solo homer to Angel Aguilar to make it 4-1.
Pazos retired the first two Cyclones to begin the Top of the 7th before issuing a double to Hengelbert Rojas. Brian Trieglaff was summoned in to pitch and he got Gene Cone to ground out.
Cornish threw another shutout inning, and Ty Williams pitched a perfect Bottom of the 8th, but the Cyclones offense had nothing in it, and David Sosebee came in to pitch the Top of the 9th for Staten Island and retired the Cyclones in order.