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Brooklyn, NY -- June 21 -- The Brooklyn Cyclones fall to the Staten Island Yankees by a score of 8-1, giving them their first loss of the season. The Cyclones are now 3-1 and are currently tied for first place in the McNamara Division with the Hudson Valley Renegades.

In his first start of the season, Hansel Robles was able to keep the Cyclones in the game before leaving with a 1-0 deficit. He pitched five innings and only gave up four hits, one run, one walk and struck out seven batters. Through the first two innings, Robles had struck out four batters while surrendering only one hit. Then in the third with one out he gave up a single to Taylor Dugas, followed by a strikeout to Jose Rosario. With two outs Saxon Butler stepped to the plate and ripped a double down the left field line giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In his last inning of work Robles struck out two of the three batters he faced ending the night on a successful note.

In the home half of the fourth it seemed as though the Cyclones were going to plate a couple runs but bad base running cost them. To lead off the inning Cole Frenzel hit a single to left field and tried stretching it to a double and was thrown out on a perfect throw by Dugas. Right fielder Eudy Pina then came to the plate and would reach on a fielder’s choice. He then promptly stole second and Jonathan Clark walked on four straight balls. With first and second occupied, Pina tried stealing third base and was thrown out. This was the end of the threat for the Cyclones in the fourth.

The Cyclones bullpen did not do the job that they had done in the previous three games. The bullpen combined to give up seven runs, six hits and walk five batters. In the top of the seventh inning the Yankees had 11 batters come to the plate and scored six runs.

Rich Ruff came out for his second inning of work in the top of the seventh inning and walked the first two batters he faced. Manager Rich Donnelly then brought in Beck Wheeler for the second day in a row and he was beat up. Wheeler gave up two singles in a row and then gave up two doubles in a row before retiring the first out of the inning. After giving up another double and a walk the game was now out of hand. The Yankees were now up 7-0 going in to the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Cyclones offense did not show up tonight as they cranked out seven hits and scored only one run. That run came off the bat of Phillip Evans in the bottom of the seventh inning as he hit a home run that ricocheted off the right side of the scoreboard above the left field wall. Bad base running might have cost the Cyclones a few runs, and their bullpen really let them down.

David Wynn started the eighth inning and struck out the first batter he faced before hitting Dugas. After a single that turned into an error and another hit by pitch the Yankees had the bases loaded. Wynn threw a wild pitch costing the Cyclones another run, and extended the deficit to seven runs as the Yankees were now up 8-1.

The only bright spot in the bullpen was Tyler Vanderheiden coming in for his second appearance of the season. He threw a scoreless ninth inning while striking out one batter.

The Cyclones will return to MCU Park on Monday June 25th to take on the Hudson Valley Renegades 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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