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CYCLONES BALK OFF WITH A LOSS

STATEN ISLAND, NY – July 15, 2015 – The Cyclones fell to the Staten Island Yankees by the score of 3-2 in 10 innings on Wednesday evening. Carlos Valdez was called for a balk with the go-ahead run on third base to allow the Yankees to balk off winners.

Brooklyn, who came into tonight’s game having committed 10 errors in their last four games, continued their defensive struggles as Staten Island took an early lead. Andrew Church made the start for Brooklyn and quickly found himself in a jam in the bottom of the first, as Kyle Holder singled and Thairo Estrada worked a one-out walk to put a pair aboard. Jhalan Jackson then hit a grounder to third that was fielded by David Thompson but the Cyclones third baseman threw wildly to first base allowing Jackson to reach and Holder to score the game’s first run.

That would be all the offense until the top of the sixth when the Cyclones finally broke through, snapping a 16-inning scoreless streak. Brandon Brosher was hit by a pitch to start the threat and Thompson kept things going with a one-out double to right-center field to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Jeff Diehl then worked a walk to load the bases for Zach Mathieu. The Cyclones DH hit a sharp ground ball to first base for what seemed like an inning ending double play, but Diehl slid hard into second base causing an errant relay throw from Yankees shortstop Kyle Holder, which allowed two runs to score and gave Brooklyn a 2-1 advantage.

The lead would be short lived however, as Blake Taylor quickly found himself in trouble in the bottom of the frame. Thairo Estrada reached on an infield single before Jhalan Jackson hit a booming double into the left field corner, allowing Estrada to score all the way from first and knot the score at 2-2. Taylor was able to escape further damage though, retiring the next three batters in order, to keep things tied.

In the top of the seventh it looked as though Brooklyn would take the lead again, but Jeff Hendrix made a sensational grab to keep things even. Vinny Siena was on second with two outs when Michael Bernal sent a looping fly ball into shallow centerfield that seemed destined to be an RBI single, but Hendrix made a sprawling dive to snatch the ball out of the air just before it landed safely and kept the score at 2-2.

Brooklyn threatened again in the top of the ninth, this time without hitting a ball out of the infield. Mathieu reached safely on a throwing error by Yankees third baseman Drew Bridges to start the frame and was lifted for a pinch runner, Branden Kaupe. Enmanuel Zabala then executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to move a runner into scoring position with one out. Alfredo Reyes was the next man up, and he hit a soft ground ball to the left of the mound that went for an infield single that put runners on the corners. Tucker Tharp then hit a liner to shortstop that was caught by Kyle Holder and quickly relayed to first to double off Reyes and put an end to the Cyclones threat. It was the second time in the game that Tharp hit into a line-out double play with a runner on third base.

It was the bottom of the 10th when Staten Island would win in one of the most bizarre endings you will ever see. Thairo Estrada reached on a fielder’s choice, and Jhalan Jackson had a two-out single that put runners on the corners. Brooklyn reliever Carlos Valdez (1-1) started the process of intentionally walking Jake Hernandez to load the bases and face Drew Bridges in a lefty vs. lefty matchup. But before Valdez could throw intentional ball three, home plate umpire Fred DeJesus called a balk, which allowed Estrada to score the game-winning run.

Brooklyn will look to rebound from this odd defeat on Thursday evening at MCU Park. It will be Irish Night at the ballpark with the first 3,000 fans in attendance going home with a BKLYN Irish Jersey courtesy of Budweiser. RHP Matt Blackham will take the mound for Brooklyn. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased by calling 718-507-TIXX, logging on to BrooklynCyclones.com or in person at the MCU Park Box Office.

STATEN ISLAND, NY – July 15, 2015 – The Cyclones fell to the Staten Island Yankees by the score of 3-2 in 10 innings on Wednesday evening. Carlos Valdez was called for a balk with the go-ahead run on third base to allow the Yankees to balk off winners.

Brooklyn, who came into tonight’s game having committed 10 errors in their last four games, continued their defensive struggles as Staten Island took an early lead. Andrew Church made the start for Brooklyn and quickly found himself in a jam in the bottom of the first, as Kyle Holder singled and Thairo Estrada worked a one-out walk to put a pair aboard. Jhalan Jackson then hit a grounder to third that was fielded by David Thompson but the Cyclones third baseman threw wildly to first base allowing Jackson to reach and Holder to score the game’s first run.

That would be all the offense until the top of the sixth when the Cyclones finally broke through, snapping a 16-inning scoreless streak. Brandon Brosher was hit by a pitch to start the threat and Thompson kept things going with a one-out double to right-center field to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Jeff Diehl then worked a walk to load the bases for Zach Mathieu. The Cyclones DH hit a sharp ground ball to first base for what seemed like an inning ending double play, but Diehl slid hard into second base causing an errant relay throw from Yankees shortstop Kyle Holder, which allowed two runs to score and gave Brooklyn a 2-1 advantage.

The lead would be short lived however, as Blake Taylor quickly found himself in trouble in the bottom of the frame. Thairo Estrada reached on an infield single before Jhalan Jackson hit a booming double into the left field corner, allowing Estrada to score all the way from first and knot the score at 2-2. Taylor was able to escape further damage though, retiring the next three batters in order, to keep things tied.

In the top of the seventh it looked as though Brooklyn would take the lead again, but Jeff Hendrix made a sensational grab to keep things even. Vinny Siena was on second with two outs when Michael Bernal sent a looping fly ball into shallow centerfield that seemed destined to be an RBI single, but Hendrix made a sprawling dive to snatch the ball out of the air just before it landed safely and kept the score at 2-2.

Brooklyn threatened again in the top of the ninth, this time without hitting a ball out of the infield. Mathieu reached safely on a throwing error by Yankees third baseman Drew Bridges to start the frame and was lifted for a pinch runner, Branden Kaupe. Enmanuel Zabala then executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to move a runner into scoring position with one out. Alfredo Reyes was the next man up, and he hit a soft ground ball to the left of the mound that went for an infield single that put runners on the corners. Tucker Tharp then hit a liner to shortstop that was caught by Kyle Holder and quickly relayed to first to double off Reyes and put an end to the Cyclones threat. It was the second time in the game that Tharp hit into a line-out double play with a runner on third base.

It was the bottom of the 10th when Staten Island would win in one of the most bizarre endings you will ever see. Thairo Estrada reached on a fielder’s choice, and Jhalan Jackson had a two-out single that put runners on the corners. Brooklyn reliever Carlos Valdez (1-1) started the process of intentionally walking Jake Hernandez to load the bases and face Drew Bridges in a lefty vs. lefty matchup. But before Valdez could throw intentional ball three, home plate umpire Fred DeJesus called a balk, which allowed Estrada to score the game-winning run.

Brooklyn will look to rebound from this odd defeat on Thursday evening at MCU Park. It will be Irish Night at the ballpark with the first 3,000 fans in attendance going home with a BKLYN Irish Jersey courtesy of Budweiser. RHP Matt Blackham will take the mound for Brooklyn. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased by calling 718-507-TIXX, logging on to BrooklynCyclones.com or in person at the MCU Park Box Office.



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