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"Sauer" taste, BKLYN stiffled by Staten Island 3-1

CONEY ISLAND, NY (September 1, 2018) – Behind Matt Sauer and Junior Soto, the Staten Island Yankees edged the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Short Season, Class A affiliate of the New York Mets, 3-1 Saturday night at MCU Park in the series opener. 

For the full box score, click here. For the radio highlights, click here.  

W: Sauer (3-6)
L: Vilera (5-2)
S: McGarity (3) 


  • Staten Island’s Matt Sauer out-dueled Brooklyn’s Jaison Vilera, yielding one unearned run in 5 1/3 innings for the victory. The Yankees’ No. 10 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, struck out one and walked two.
  •  Junior Soto’s two-run double in the sixth against Jaison Vilera gave Staten Island a 3-1 lead.
  • Trailing early, the Cyclones tied the game at 1-1 when Wagner Lagrange scored from third on a passed ball.  


  • Wagner Lagrange: 3-4, R, SB
  • Walter Rasquin: 2-4, 2B, SB
  • Angel Manzanarez: 2-3, 2B 


  • With a Cyclones loss and an earlier Auburn win Saturday, Brooklyn needs to win its final two games and receive two Auburn losses to clinch the playoffs.
  • Staten Island owns a 6-4 record against Brooklyn in the 2018 Battle for the Bridge.
  • Jaison Vilera finished his regular season with a league-best 1.83 ERA, but the Cyclones won just six of his 13 starts.  


Brooklyn at Staten Island – Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Richmond County Bank Ballpark – Staten Island, NY
Probables: RHP Jose Butto (1-2, 5.47) vs. RHP Frank German (1-2, 1.78)



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