Photo Courtesy of George Napolitano
August 5th-Brooklyn, NY- The Brooklyn Cyclones (26-22) opened an important four-game set with a successful performance by defeating the Staten Island Yankees (33-14) by a score of 9-4 on Friday evening in front of a capacity crowd at Richmond County Ballpark. The loss was the Baby Bombers’ third in a row after a previous three-game winning streak.
Carlos Vazquez, who entered the night with 3.38 ERA in nine starts, displayed grit by avoiding damage in the bottom of the second inning. After allowing a leadoff walk to Reymond Nunez, Vazquez retired the next two batters before allowing a single to right by Wes Wilson. With runners on the corners, Robert Rinard was struck out looking to end the early threat.
Brooklyn opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning by adding two runs of Baby Bombers’ starter Wilton Rodriguez. With runners on first and second by way of a walk and fielding error, Cole Frenzel reached second on a fielding error by the first basemen Reymond Nunez that allowed Javier Rodriguez to score from second. A sacrifice fly to right by Travis Taijeron plated Richard Lucas who had been on third as a result of the previous play.
Zachary Wilson narrowed the deficit to a run with a solo homerun just a half frame later and Staten Island tied the ballgame in the bottom of the fifth. Wes Wilson singled on a fly ball to right before being brought home on a triple to left by Mason Williams, chasing Vazquez in favor of Tyson Seng. Vazquez contributed 4.1 innings allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk.
Deadlocked at 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning, things began to unravel for the Yankees after reliever Robert Paullus replaced Zachary Arneson. The Cyclones unloaded for five runs on three hits that created all the separation Brooklyn would need. The frame, which also included runs scored on a wild pitch and passed ball, was highlighted by a two-run single to left by Richard Lucas. Travis Taijeron, who entered the day leading the New York-Penn League in slugging percentage, plated a run with a single to the shortstop.
Lucas continued to add to the offensive onslaught by scoring two more runs with a single to left in the top of the eighth inning; the bases had been loaded with just one out. The Jacksonville native finished the night by going 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Staten Island gave a last-ditch effort for a comeback by scoring two unearned runs on a couple of hits but ultimately came up short as T.J. Chism was able to retire the side to preserve the five-run lead.
With the victory, Brooklyn has evened the season-series with Staten Island at four games apiece.
The Cyclones continue the four-game set tomorrow night, at MCU Park before returning to Richmond Count Ballpark on Sunday afternoon. Jeff Walters (2-4, 3.83 ERA) will oppose William Oliver (3-2, 4.50 ERA). There will post-game fireworks and fans are encouraged to visit the team store as game worn home and away jerseys as well batting practice jerseys and jackets from the 2007-2009 season will be on sale. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 718-507-TIXX, visiting the MCU Park box office, or logging onto BrooklynCyclones.com.