BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Bronx Bomber Phil Hughes Not Enough For Staten Island. Coney Island Nine Take Rubber Game In First Meeting In The Battle Of The Boroughs.
The Staten Island Yankees needed Bomber's starter Phil Hughes, who's on rehab from the Bronx, to help get them out to an early two run lead against Brooklyn in the rubber game of their respective 2011 Opening Day Series.
The Lil' Spankees were feeling pretty good about themselves as Phil Hughes manhandled the Cyclones over his first four innings of work. He walked one and gave up two hits to that point, but struck out seven Bums. You might say his rehab was going pretty well today.
The Staten Islanders sent Phil Hughes out for the fifth inning. That's when the catcher for the Surf Avenue Sluggers; Nelfi Zapata, who hails from the Bronx himself; stepped up and deposited the Major Leaguer's one out offering over the wall in left for a solo home run. And with that blast, Phil Hughes' work was done for the day.
And so was the Staten Island Yankees' day for that matter. With their Major League loan out of the game, the Cyclones went to work against the Yankees' bullpen; and more specifically Yankees' reliever; Wilton Rodriguez. Over the next 2.2 innings, the Cyclones touched him for five hits and four runs.
The Cyclones grabbed their first lead of the afternoon in the sixth inning. Ismael Tijerina doubled to to lead-off. He advanced to third base and scored on a Richard Lucas sac-fly to center field. Luke Stewart singled and moved to second when Juan Torres was hit by a pitch. Travis Taijeron then singled home Stewart for a 2-1 Brooklyn lead.
The Yankees picked up a run in the top half of the seventh. In the bottom half, Brooklyn added two more runs when Javier Rodriguez came through with a single off the second baseman scoring runners from second and third, giving the Cyclones a 5-3 lead they'd keep.
Brooklyn starter; Jeffrey Walters; handed in a representative effort. In 4.1 innings, he allowed two hits and two runs (both earned). He walked two and struck out four pitching to a no-decision.
Three Cyclone relievers kept the Yankees quiet the rest of the way. Guillaume Leduc relieved Walters with 1.1 innings; two hits; and two strikeouts. Today's winning pitcher; Hunter Carnevale; pitched two innings, allowing 2 hits and an unearned run while striking out four. T.J. Chism closed things out for the Cyclones pitching the ninth inning. In recording his first save of the season, he gave up a hit and struck out one.
7, 966 fans packed the park tonight.
June 20, 2011
Angel Pagan Bobble Head Night
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Aberdeen Iron Birds
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