BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Season Ends In The Dump.
GAME THREE: Yankees Shut-Out Brooklyn 1-0
Staten Island Claims Victory
"BATTLE of the BOROUGHS"
THE BABY BOMBERS WIN SERIES 2-1. ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND.
A quiet bus ride back to Brooklyn; - Is this the way it used to be?
An old nemesis; a new nemesis; our cross-town nemesis; ....the rival Staten Island Yankees eliminated our beloved Brooklyn Cyclones from the New York Penn League playoffs Saturday night; ending another season by the Seaside in disappointing fashion and leaving the denizens of Coney Island to ponder through another cold winter of What Ifs and no championship memories to warm the soul.
In twenty-eight games played, The Brooklyn Cyclones' all-time playoff record since 2001 now stands at 11-17. And so it goes that a new, modern generation finds itself echoing the sentiments of the Borough's baseball ghosts and old Brooklyn Fans gone by; - Wait Till Next Year....again.
In the third and deciding game of Round One, Brooklyn and the Yankees remained scoreless through the first six innings. Brooklyn's Carlos Vazquez and Staten Island's William Oliver engaged in a most classic pitcher's duel for the (NYPL) Ages. Each pitcher threw six shut-out innings while allowing just two hits apiece. Vazquez walked one batter and struck out six. His opponent struck out ten Brooklyn Cyclones and walked three before they gave way to their respective bullpens.
All each team could manage last night were four hits apiece. But in the seventh inning, the Yankees made the most of theirs. With one out and Brooklyn's T.J. Chism pitching in relief of Vazquez, Budding Bomber; Tyler Austin; doubled. The next batter; Reymond Nunez; tripled to CF, scoring Austin from second. And that's all she wrote.
After Brooklyn's fourth and final hit in the top of the eighth inning got wiped-out by a double play, the Cyclones went down in order in the ninth inning to end the game in a 1-0 final.
The Staten Island Yankees, (by the way...congratulations), will move on and play the Auburn Doubledays for the NYPL Championship. Auburn defeated the Vermont Lake Monsters two games to one.
The Yankees; this season's McNamara Division Champs; are in search of their sixth NYPL title since joining the League. Auburn is chasing their third title of recent history. They captured a title in 2007 by defeating Brooklyn, and in 1998 were named co-champions. However, past Auburn club members of the New York Penn League have captured another six titles dating back to 1962.