BATTLE OF THE BOROUGHS - II
I - Brooklyn Wins Series 3-1
Brooklyn 2; Staten Island 0
Brooklyn 4; Staten Island 1
Brooklyn 7; Staten Island 2
Staten Island 8; Brooklyn 1
II - Series Tied 1-1
Brooklyn 1; Staten Island 0
Staten Island 4; Brooklyn 2
Game Three in St. George
Game Four in Coney Island
BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Baby Bombers Gain Spilt After Game Two. Teams Head Back Over Verrazano Bridge For Game Three in Staten Island. Series Wraps Up in Coney Island on Sunday.
In the opening game of their second series together, the visiting first place Cyclones needed fifteen innings In Staten Island to put away the Yankees. Starting pitcher, Gabriel Ynoa pitched six shutout innings and give up one lone hit to Staten Island batters. He walked two and struck out three before exiting a scoreless game. Staten Island's Andrew Benack last four innings for the Yankees and surrendered four hits and no runs before giving way to the bullpen.
For the game, Staten Island's pitching was getting by, somehow managing Brooklyn for fourteen innings. The Cyclones wrapped eleven total hits, with four doubles in the game. But the Seaside Sluggers had troubles pushing runs across the plate as they batted a mere 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position. The Yankees didn't fare much better batting 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Seven Brooklyn pitchers limited the Yankees to four hits all game.
Late in the night, Dimas Ponce led off the top of the fifteenth inning with a double off the fifth Staten Island pitcher, Alex Smith, who was in his third inning of work. Dimas moved to third on Jonathan Clark's bunt single. Richie Rodriguez then lifted a fly to center, on which Dimas Ponce tagged-up from third and scored the games only run.
Out of Brooklyn's bullpen came Tyler Vanderheiden to preserve the lead and end the game. He made it interesting by walking a batter and hitting another. But with a strike out, and inducing his last batter into a game ending double play, his sixth save of the season was secured, as was the Brooklyn Cyclones' twentieth win.
The series crossed over the Verrazano and headed back to Coney Island for Friday night's second game of the series. Under threatening skies and Fall type weather conditions, Staten Island took an early 1-0 lead after two innings, and a 3-0 lead after three against Boardwalk Bum starter, Luis Mateo, who was making his sixth start this season, and in search of his fifth win. But the Baby Bombers had other ideas.
The Yankees' Gabriel Encinas managed five innings pitched. He allowed six hits and one earned run. He struggled a bit walking for, but also recorded four strikeouts. Evan DeLuca took over for Encinas and pitched the next two innings, and also allowed Brooklyn one run. But that's all the Surf Avenue Sluggers would get this night. Stefan Lopez and Taylor Garrison kept the Cyclones subdued over the last two frames to preserve a 4-2 Yankees victory.
Brooklyn scored lone runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Kevin Plawecki had an RBI single to put the 'Clones on the board. In the sixth, Jayce Boyd led off with a double. The next batter, Eudy Pina, also doubled to drive in Boyd for the home team's second and last run of the evening. In this game, the Cyclones batted 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position. That makes them three for their last twenty-four times at bat with RiSP.
Starting pitcher Luis Mateo is now 4-2 on the season. He pitched six full, and allowed six hits, and four earned runs. He surrendered one home run, walked three and struck out three. Beck Wheeler and Ernesto Yanez combined on three stellar innings in relief however. Wheeler struck out four batters in two innings of work. Neither allowed Staten Island a hit, and issued no walks.
Brooklyn's lead in the McNamara Division is now just one game over the Hudson Valley Renegades, who defeated the Aberdeen Iron Birds by a 3-2 score Friday evening up in Fishkill, N.Y. Staten Island's third place standing is unchanged. They now sport a 13-19 record, and are seven games back of the Cyclones.
Friday's loss drops Brooklyn to 8-8 at home. They have not enjoyed the dominance yet, they are so accustomed toused to in Coney Island. On the road is where they have played best, to the tune of a 12-4 record. The hottest team in the League, the Stedler Division leading Tri-Citi Valley Cats are tops in the circuit with twenty-four wins. The Cyclones are second with twenty.