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CYCLONES FALL TO YANKEES

CYCLONES FALL TO YANKEES

As the game got underway, it seemed as if the Cyclones were going to continue what they started the night before and defeat the Yankees by getting some much needed early offense. Center fielder Joe Tuschak got things going with a sharp liner to up the middle for a leadoff single. Amed Rosario would reach on an error to bring up the third baseman Jhoan Ureña who would mimic Tuschak and hit a single up the middle, driving in a run. The next three batters would be set down in order and one run was all the Cyclones would get in the first.

After a groundout to get the first batter out, Carlos Valdez’s night would get ugly very quickly. Two batters later, Yankees left fielder Chris Breen entered the batters box and on an 0-1 pitch, blasted a fastball over the left field wall to give his team a 2-0 lead.

Four batters later, despite getting one out, Valdez would find himself getting the hook. Following the home run, each of the four at-bats reached full counts, two batters walked, and another hit a single. This poor first inning forced manager Tom Gamboa to go to the bullpen much earlier than expected, bringing in Juan Urbina.

Against his first batter, Urbina would give up a first pitch double, allowing his two inherited runners to score. The 2-RBI double from the Yankees’ designated hitter Isaias Tejeda would put Staten Island ahead by a score of 5-1.

In the third inning, Gamboa went to another new pitcher, righty Gaither Bumgardner. Just as Urbina did, Gaither would give up a double to his first batter. The soft line drive made its way past Ureña who was playing off the line and the ball would roll into foul territory allowing Austin Aune to go to second while Michael Katz tracked the ball down.

Three batters later, Bumgardner found himself in a jam with runners on second and third. Bumgardner was able to get a pop out to right field, which would allow the runners to tag up. The runner on third would score, and the runner on second would score as well after a hard throw from right fielder Michael Bernal would short hop third baseman Jhoan Ureña and quickly roll along the Staten Island dugout. Matters would go from bad to worse as the next batter, Yankees first baseman Bubba Jones would hit a solo shot over Bernal in right to give Staten Island an 8-3 lead.

Three batters later Bumgardner would find himself in yet another jam with the bases loaded after giving up a 2-out double and then hitting consecutive batters in the back. With Ty McFarland, the only Yankee batter without a hit at the plate, Bumgardner would surrender a single up the middle, bringing another run. Following the single, Austin Aune who started the inning for Staten Island would come up to the plate for a second time in the third inning with the bases still loaded. Bumgardner would be able to avoid any more damage by getting Aune to pop out to Katz, not before giving up another four runs to give the Yankees at 9-1 lead.

The Cyclones tacked on a run in the top of the fifth inning, and in the sixth tried to get a rally going against Yankees righty Manolo Reyes. To start off the inning, Tyler Moore worked a four-pitch walk, Jeffrey Diehl blooped a single into left and Adrian Abreu walked as well to load the bases with no one out. Brooklyn’s second baseman Anthony Chavez was supposed to bat, but Gamboa chose to pinch hit and send one of Brooklyn’s new additions, Will Fulmer to the plate who would strike out looking. Tuschak and Rosario would follow suit and strikeout swinging to end the inning.

Brooklyn was given another shot at a rally in the top of the seventh and was able to get some more runs across this time. Jhoan Ureña who already extended his hit streak to nine games earlier in the game walked. Katz would hit another single to shallow right field, bringing up Bernal. On a 1-2 pitch, Bernal found his pitch and gave it a ride all the way out of the park and off the scoreboard to drive in three runs and cut the Staten Island lead in half.

Brooklyn would not get anything going in the remaining innings, and would fall to the Yankees by a final score of 11-5. The Cyclones return home tomorrow for another game against the Yankees. Making the start for the Cyclones is Dillon Gee, making a rehab start before making his way back to Flushing. To purchase tickets for Sunday or any other Brooklyn Cyclones game, visit the box office at MCU Park, call 718-507-TIXX, or log onto BrooklynCyclones.com.

CYCLONES FALL TO YANKEES

As the game got underway, it seemed as if the Cyclones were going to continue what they started the night before and defeat the Yankees by getting some much needed early offense. Center fielder Joe Tuschak got things going with a sharp liner to up the middle for a leadoff single. Amed Rosario would reach on an error to bring up the third baseman Jhoan Ureña who would mimic Tuschak and hit a single up the middle, driving in a run. The next three batters would be set down in order and one run was all the Cyclones would get in the first.

After a groundout to get the first batter out, Carlos Valdez’s night would get ugly very quickly. Two batters later, Yankees left fielder Chris Breen entered the batters box and on an 0-1 pitch, blasted a fastball over the left field wall to give his team a 2-0 lead.

Four batters later, despite getting one out, Valdez would find himself getting the hook. Following the home run, each of the four at-bats reached full counts, two batters walked, and another hit a single. This poor first inning forced manager Tom Gamboa to go to the bullpen much earlier than expected, bringing in Juan Urbina.

Against his first batter, Urbina would give up a first pitch double, allowing his two inherited runners to score. The 2-RBI double from the Yankees’ designated hitter Isaias Tejeda would put Staten Island ahead by a score of 5-1.

In the third inning, Gamboa went to another new pitcher, righty Gaither Bumgardner. Just as Urbina did, Gaither would give up a double to his first batter. The soft line drive made its way past Ureña who was playing off the line and the ball would roll into foul territory allowing Austin Aune to go to second while Michael Katz tracked the ball down.

Three batters later, Bumgardner found himself in a jam with runners on second and third. Bumgardner was able to get a pop out to right field, which would allow the runners to tag up. The runner on third would score, and the runner on second would score as well after a hard throw from right fielder Michael Bernal would short hop third baseman Jhoan Ureña and quickly roll along the Staten Island dugout. Matters would go from bad to worse as the next batter, Yankees first baseman Bubba Jones would hit a solo shot over Bernal in right to give Staten Island an 8-3 lead.

Three batters later Bumgardner would find himself in yet another jam with the bases loaded after giving up a 2-out double and then hitting consecutive batters in the back. With Ty McFarland, the only Yankee batter without a hit at the plate, Bumgardner would surrender a single up the middle, bringing another run. Following the single, Austin Aune who started the inning for Staten Island would come up to the plate for a second time in the third inning with the bases still loaded. Bumgardner would be able to avoid any more damage by getting Aune to pop out to Katz, not before giving up another four runs to give the Yankees at 9-1 lead.

The Cyclones tacked on a run in the top of the fifth inning, and in the sixth tried to get a rally going against Yankees righty Manolo Reyes. To start off the inning, Tyler Moore worked a four-pitch walk, Jeffrey Diehl blooped a single into left and Adrian Abreu walked as well to load the bases with no one out. Brooklyn’s second baseman Anthony Chavez was supposed to bat, but Gamboa chose to pinch hit and send one of Brooklyn’s new additions, Will Fulmer to the plate who would strike out looking. Tuschak and Rosario would follow suit and strikeout swinging to end the inning.

Brooklyn was given another shot at a rally in the top of the seventh and was able to get some more runs across this time. Jhoan Ureña who already extended his hit streak to nine games earlier in the game walked. Katz would hit another single to shallow right field, bringing up Bernal. On a 1-2 pitch, Bernal found his pitch and gave it a ride all the way out of the park and off the scoreboard to drive in three runs and cut the Staten Island lead in half.

Brooklyn would not get anything going in the remaining innings, and would fall to the Yankees by a final score of 11-5. The Cyclones return home tomorrow for another game against the Yankees. Making the start for the Cyclones is Dillon Gee, making a rehab start before making his way back to Flushing. To purchase tickets for Sunday or any other Brooklyn Cyclones game, visit the box office at MCU Park, call 718-507-TIXX, or log onto BrooklynCyclones.com.



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