BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Boardwalk Bummer; Brooks Suffer a Letdown by the Seashore.
STATEN ISLAND YANKEES TAKE GAME ONE.
SERIES SHIFTS TO THE BALLPARK at SAINT GEORGE.
A run in the second inning and another in the eighth was all it took for Staten Island to dispatch Brooklyn in the long delayed Opening Game of the first round playoff series between the two McNamara Division foes.
Staten Island's starting pitcher; Matthew Tracey; silenced the Cyclones over his six innings pitched, and allowed them their only two hits of the night. He walked one Cyclone and struck out four in earning tonight's playoff victory. The bullpen took over in the seventh and kept the Cyclones quiet the rest of the way. Yankee reliever, Branden Pinder pitched a two inning save and also struck out four Cyclones batters.
For his part, Cyclones' starter; Marcos Camarena; was stellar for Brooklyn. But he was foiled by the one earned run he allowed Staten Island in the second inning. Otherwise, he allowed six Yankee hits and struck out nine batters over his six innings Thursday night. Reliever, Orlando Tovar got touched up in the eighth when Staten Island scored their second run.
Yankee third baseman; Chris Austin; went 2 for 4; with an RBI. And catcher; Nick McCoy, drove in the other Staten Island run of the night.
But that's all the Baby Bombers needed tonight in the Ballpark at Coney Island. Only Charlie Thurber and Brian Harrison managed hits for Brooklyn and thus they fell by a final score of 2-0; and go down in the series 0-1 as the playoffs now move to Staten Island for game two; and a third game if needed.
The Cyclones enjoyed the season head-to-head match-up against the Yankees this past regular season. But now they are forced to tie the series in game two, and win game three in order to advance into the championship round if they are to have any hopes of winning the franchise's second title.
Best of Three Series
BROOKLYN CYCLONES (0-1)
Staten Island Yankees (1-0)
Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George
Staten Island, NYC
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