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STATEN ISLAND TOPS BROOKLYN, 4-3

 


STATEN ISLAND, NY – August 17, 2016 – Wednesday night marked the sixth meeting between the Cyclones and Yankees this season, and the fifth time that the game was been decided by one-run with Staten Island edging Brooklyn 4-3 at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in walk off fashion.

Brooklyn jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage in the top of the second Blake Tiberi singled to start the frame and advanced to second on a fielding error that allowed Ali Sanchez to reach. Jay Jabs grounded out to the right side of the infield to advance both runners before Brandon Bosher had an RBI groundout to give Brooklyn a 1-0 edge.

The lead would swell an inning later, when Gene Cone walked to start the frame, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Colby Woodmansee took advantage of the scoring chance with a sac fly to left field that extended Brooklyn’s lead to 2-0

. In the bottom of the frame though, the Baby Bombers began their come back. Merandy Gonzalez struck out the first two batters he faced, but Yancarlos Baez reached on passed ball on the second strikeout to start the threat. Dom Thompson-Williams followed with a double down the left field line to put runners and second and third with one out. Gonzalez then struck out Nick Solak, his third punchout of the frame, and had Drew Bridges down 0-2, but the righthander uncorked a wild pitch allowing Baez to score and cut the Brooklyn advantage to 2-1.

That’s how it would stay until the bottom of the sixth when Austin McGeorge took over on the mound for Brooklyn. Back-to-back singles from Williams and Solak put runners on the corners with nobody out and the Cyclones reliever quickly found himself in a jam. With Drew Bridges batting, McGeorge tossed a wild pitch, and for the second time in the game the Yankees scored due to the Brooklyn miscue, knotting the game at 2-2.

In the bottom of the eighth the Yankees would again capitalize on a Brooklyn miscue to take the lead. With Taylor Henry on the mound, Thompson-Williams reached on a throwing error by Blake Tiberi to put the go-ahead run on base with one out. Nick Solak followed with a single that put runners on the corners for Drew Bridges, who lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to plate the go-ahead run and give Staten Island a 3-2 edge headed to the ninth.

It seemed like that is how the game would end, as Brooklyn had two outs and nobody on in the top of the ninth but that’s when the Cyclones mounted an unlikely rally. Darryl Knight got things started with a single to left field and moved into scoring position thanks to a throwing error from Staten Island pitcher David Sosebee on a pickoff attempt. That would prove to be critical, because just two pitches later Gene Cone drilled a single to centerfield plating Knight to tie the game at 3-3.

But, just as Brooklyn had done in the top of the frame, the Staten Island Yankees mounted a two out rally to walk off with a win. Angel Aguilar worked a two-out walk off of reliever Gabriel Feliz and moved up to third on a double from Jerry Seitz. Yancarlos Baez, who was just 1-for-34 on the season, came through as the unlikely hero. The Yankees third baseman sent a 1-0 offering into right field to plate Aguilar and give Staten Island a 4-3 win.

The Cyclones will look to rebound on Thursday evening when they send RHP Justin Dunn (1-1) to the mound in the middle game of a three-game set against the Baby Bombers.

 


STATEN ISLAND, NY – August 17, 2016 – Wednesday night marked the sixth meeting between the Cyclones and Yankees this season, and the fifth time that the game was been decided by one-run with Staten Island edging Brooklyn 4-3 at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in walk off fashion.

Brooklyn jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage in the top of the second Blake Tiberi singled to start the frame and advanced to second on a fielding error that allowed Ali Sanchez to reach. Jay Jabs grounded out to the right side of the infield to advance both runners before Brandon Bosher had an RBI groundout to give Brooklyn a 1-0 edge.

The lead would swell an inning later, when Gene Cone walked to start the frame, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Colby Woodmansee took advantage of the scoring chance with a sac fly to left field that extended Brooklyn’s lead to 2-0

. In the bottom of the frame though, the Baby Bombers began their come back. Merandy Gonzalez struck out the first two batters he faced, but Yancarlos Baez reached on passed ball on the second strikeout to start the threat. Dom Thompson-Williams followed with a double down the left field line to put runners and second and third with one out. Gonzalez then struck out Nick Solak, his third punchout of the frame, and had Drew Bridges down 0-2, but the righthander uncorked a wild pitch allowing Baez to score and cut the Brooklyn advantage to 2-1.

That’s how it would stay until the bottom of the sixth when Austin McGeorge took over on the mound for Brooklyn. Back-to-back singles from Williams and Solak put runners on the corners with nobody out and the Cyclones reliever quickly found himself in a jam. With Drew Bridges batting, McGeorge tossed a wild pitch, and for the second time in the game the Yankees scored due to the Brooklyn miscue, knotting the game at 2-2.

In the bottom of the eighth the Yankees would again capitalize on a Brooklyn miscue to take the lead. With Taylor Henry on the mound, Thompson-Williams reached on a throwing error by Blake Tiberi to put the go-ahead run on base with one out. Nick Solak followed with a single that put runners on the corners for Drew Bridges, who lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to plate the go-ahead run and give Staten Island a 3-2 edge headed to the ninth.

It seemed like that is how the game would end, as Brooklyn had two outs and nobody on in the top of the ninth but that’s when the Cyclones mounted an unlikely rally. Darryl Knight got things started with a single to left field and moved into scoring position thanks to a throwing error from Staten Island pitcher David Sosebee on a pickoff attempt. That would prove to be critical, because just two pitches later Gene Cone drilled a single to centerfield plating Knight to tie the game at 3-3.

But, just as Brooklyn had done in the top of the frame, the Staten Island Yankees mounted a two out rally to walk off with a win. Angel Aguilar worked a two-out walk off of reliever Gabriel Feliz and moved up to third on a double from Jerry Seitz. Yancarlos Baez, who was just 1-for-34 on the season, came through as the unlikely hero. The Yankees third baseman sent a 1-0 offering into right field to plate Aguilar and give Staten Island a 4-3 win.

The Cyclones will look to rebound on Thursday evening when they send RHP Justin Dunn (1-1) to the mound in the middle game of a three-game set against the Baby Bombers.



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