Staten Island, NY – July 8, 2017 – Cyclones third baseman Carl Stajudhar came into Saturday’s doubleheader just 3-for-31 over his first nine games as a professional. But in Game One of Saturday’s twin-bill, the 18th round selection from the University of New Mexico matched his season total with a 3-for-3 effort to help lead the way as the Cyclones defeated the Staten Island Yankees 4-2. For the Yankees it was their first home loss of the season and snapped their seven-game winning streak.
The Cyclones wasted little time getting on the board, as they snapped Staten Island starting pitcher Jorge Guzman’s scoreless streak at 13.2 inning thanks to a pair of runs in the top of the first. Matt Winaker and Walter Rasquin got things started with back-to-back one out singles that put a pair of runners aboard. Jose Medina then reached on a throwing error from Yankees second baseman Oswaldo Cabrera that allowed Winaker to score and put runners on the corners. With Medina, the NYPL’s leading base stealer, on first base Guzman was coaxed into a balk which allowed Rasquin to score and gave the Cyclones a 2-0 edge.
The Baby Bombers clawed their way back into the game with a single run in the second courtesy of a Kendall Coleman solo blast, and another run in the third on a Cabrera RBI single to knot the score at 2-2.
But in the top of the fourth Stajduhar would give the Cyclones a lead they would not relinquish. The Brooklyn third baseman connected on a 2-1 offering from Guzman that bounced off the top of the right field wall and over for an opposite field home run that gave the Cyclones a 3-2 lead.
Staj was at the heart of a seventh inning rally that tacked on an insurance run when he led off the frame with a double, advanced to third on a Franklin Correa single and scored on Winaker’s second base knock of the game to push the Brooklyn lead to 4-2.
Gregorix Estevez (1-0) got the win after tossing two shutout innings of relief and Connor O’Neil pitched a scoreless seventh to close out the game and collect his first save as a pro.
Chase Ingram made his second rehab appearance for Brooklyn and was solid for the Cyclones, allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts over his 4.0 innings.
Staten Island, NY – July 8, 2017 – In the night cap, the Cyclones fell to the Staten Island Yankees by the score of 7-2. The Yankees jumped out early and never looked back as Brooklyn dropped to 5-14 on the season.
Brooklyn quickly found themselves in an early hole, as starter Trent Johnson struggled with his control. The righthander allowed a single run the in the first, which scored on a wild pitch, and ran into more trouble in the second inning after a a pair of walks and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out. Wilkerman Garcia took advantage of the scoring chance with an RBI single before Cody Brown drove in a pair with a booming double to right that made it 4-0 after two.
Brooklyn trimmed the deficit to 4-1 in the third courtesy of an RBI double off the bat of Reed Gamache.
But any Cyclones momentum quickly evaporated, as the Yankees tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, aided by a throwing error from Matt Winaker, and another run in the fifth to inflate the Staten Island lead to 7-1
Trent Johnson’s night came to an end after 4.1 innings, allowing seven runs, six earned, on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
In the top of the sixth, Brooklyn was able to push home a run courtesy of a Carl Stadjuhar RBI single that made it 7-2, but three Cyclones struck out with a runner on third to prevent any further damage. The Cyclones finished the doubleheader 4-for-21 with runners in scoring position.
Brooklyn will look to rebound on Sunday afternoon when they take on these same Yankees in the final of this four game series. It will be Selfie Sunday at MCU Park with the first 1,500 fans 16 & under receiving a Selfie Stick courtesy of Coca Cola. Fans will also be invited to take photos with Cyclones players starting at 2:45 – 3:15 PM.