Staten Island, NY – June 19th - The Brooklyn Cyclones defeated the Staten Island Yankees by a score of 4-1 on Tuesday night. Luis Mateo (1-0) struck out nine over 5.2 innings to collect the win. John Mincone and Jeremy Gould were perfect over the final 3.1 innings to close out the win.
For the second consecutive night it was the Cyclones pitching staff that took center stage, allowing only two hits and one walk, while combining for 13 strikeouts. Mateo tossed a gem in his first start in the United States, after spending the 2011 campaign with the Dominican Mets. The righthander allowed one run, two hits and a walk while striking out nine batters. John Mincone was first out of the pen, and tossed 2.1 innings of no hit baseball before handing it off to Jeremy Gould. The lefthander struck out the side in the ninth inning to collect his first save of the young season.
The Cyclones were first to strike with two runs in the second inning, stringing together several hits before capitalizing on an error made by Yankees third baseman Matthew Duran.
Kevin Plawecki, a catcher out of Purdue University and one of the two Mets first round draft picks, was hit by a pitch in his first professional at bat in the second inning. Following a single by Cole Frenzel the Cyclones offense was ready to strike. Stefan Sabol hit a slow grounder that Duran was unable to field cleanly, allowing Plawecki to score and sending Frenzel to third. Jonathan Clark followed suit with a sacrifice fly to left fielder Daniel Lopez, plating Frenzel and putting Brooklyn in front in 2-0.
The only run that the Yankees would score came on a home run off the bat of Saxon Butler in the bottom of the third inning to trim the Cyclones advantage to 2-1. Other than that mistake, Mateo was nearly untouchable.
The Cyclones quelled any hope of a Yankees comeback, going on the offensive in the top of the fourth inning. Once again, it was Frenzel at the heart of the rally, leading off the inning off with a hit followed by a walk to Sabol. After the pair moved up a base on a ground out, Eudy Pina grounded out to second base scoring Frenzel for the second time of the night.
The Cyclones would add an insurance run in the seventh inning on a Frenzel RBI single, that plated Brandon Nimmo and made the final score 4-1.
The Cyclones will travel to Staten Island tomorrow night at 7:00 PM to take on the Yankees. They will return home on Thursday, June 21st to take on the Yankees again at 7:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now by calling 718-507-TIXX, visiting the MCU box office, or CLICKING HERE.
- Julian Rifkind
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