BATTLE OF THE BOROUGHS - II
Brooklyn Cyclones 4
Staten Island Yankees 1
Brooklyn Leads The Battle 2-0
BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Baby Bombers' Opening Day Foiled By Cole Frenzel, and Coney Island's Pitching.
With more stingy pitching, the Boardwalk Bums took another cue from their big brothers in Flushing by limiting the Staten Island Yankees to two hits, in the second game of their home-and-home 2012 Season Openers. Having secured their Opening Day victory Monday night in Coney Island with a 2-0 victory over the Yankees, the Cyclones took the trip over the Verrazano Bridge Tuesday and secured a second victory in Staten Island's Home Opener.
Luis Mateo started for Brooklyn, and pitched 5.2 innings of two hit ball. He served up one solo home run to DH-Saxon Butler. Otherwise, Luis walked just one batter, and whiffed nine of the twenty-one Baby Bombers he faced. John Mincone took over with two outs, and finished the sixth inning for Mateo. John was credited with a hold after pitching two more innings and posting zeroes, with one strikeout. Jeremy Gould was then given a crack at his first save opportunity in the ninth and struck out the side.
As a returning player from 2011, Cole Frenzel exerted some offensive leadership. In the second inning, Kevin Plawecki was hit by a pitch. After Cole Frenzel followed with a single, Plawecki scored on an E-5 off the bat of Stefan Sabol. Frenzel later came around to score on Jonathan Clark's sac-fly, for a 2-0 Brooklyn lead.
In the third, the Yankees cut the lead by one. But the Cyclones regained their two run lead in their next at-bat. Cole Frenzel scored again on a fielder's choice. In the seventh, the Brooks scored their fourth and final run. Brandon Nimmo scored on Cole Frenzel's RBI single. Cole finished the night batting 3 for 5, with two runs scored.
Brandon Nimmo recorded his first hit as a Cyclone in the third inning, and finished the night 1 for 3, with two walks and a run scored. The Cyclones had numerous opportunities to blow the game open. They left eleven runners on base, and batted 1 for 13 with RISP.
They'll play game three of this four game series in Staten Island again Wednesday, before the series moves back to Coney Island on Thursday.