BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Brooks Invade Staten Island and Pound Yankees 12-5; Force Deciding Game Three.
Veni; Vidi; Vici...; OH! Fugheddaboubit!
It's going to be HAVOC in the HARBOR. Both teams have now lost a game at home.
The Seaside Sluggers travelled across the Verrazano Bridge Friday afternoon with bats in hand, and proceeded to smash-up any plans the Yankees had of sweeping Brooklyn in two games. This series is now tied. And The Battle of the Boroughs will culminate Saturday in a most appropriate, do-or-die, NYC showdown.
At stake tomorrow is a chance to play for the NYPL Championship; local bragging rights; and Borough Pride. The season ending; playoff elimination; loser-go-home in shame; contest will be played at the Ballpark at St. George in Staten Island.
In Game One on Thursday, the Cyclones could only manage two hits off Yankee pitching. In Game Two, the Cyclones found Yankee pitching very hittable as Brooklyn's bats lit-up the Staten Island scoreboard with sixteen hits and twelve runs scored.
Brooklyn's Brian Harrison; Richard Lucas; Charlie Thurber; and Cole Frenzel were more power than Staten Island could handle. Midway through, a two-run home run by Charlie Thurber kept the Yankees at bay, and a late two-run home run by Richard Lucas put them away...for good. The two combined to go 6 for 10; seven runs scored; 2 home runs; and four RBI.
Brian Harrison jolted the Yankees all afternoon; going 4 for 5 on the day; with two doubles and three RBI. Cole Frenzel; who did not start in game one against a lefty; drove in two more of Brooklyn's twelve runs.
After two innings played, the Yankees led this game 2-1. But once the Cyclones pulled ahead, they stayed ahead; then turned on the power. However, Staten Island pounded out thirteen hits of their own. And both teams were guilty of sloppy play totalling five errors between them.
On the hill, Brooklyn's bullpen literally saved the day. Cyclone starter; Jeffery Walters; got roughed up. In 4.2 innings of work, he allowed eight hits and got charged with five runs/four earned. But Rafael Montero; Tyler Pill; and Jeremy Gould; combined to keep Staten Island scoreless over the final 4.2 innings. Montero earned the Win. Pill is credited with a Hold.
And so, this is it...........
The Battle of the Boroughs - V
"HAVOC in the HARBOR"
NYPL FIRST ROUND PLAYOFFS
BROOKLYN CYCLONES (1-1)
Staten Island Yankees (1-1)
Richmond's Ballpark at St. George
STATEN ISLAND, NYC
Loser Go Home!