From the desks of:
THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS and THE RICHMOND COUNTY BOMBERS
The Staten Island Yankees completed a home-and-home opening series sweep
Saturday over the Brooklyn Cyclones at the Ballpark at St. George.
Game Two Final
Considering the Cyclones jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Enmanuel Zabala led-off the game with a HBP, advanced two bases on a walk and a fielder's choice, then scored on a Drew Finely wild pitch?
What would Henry Chadwick say?
Yankees starter Drew Finely and reliever Josh Roeder combined to face 33 batters over ten innings. Finely went six innings, allowed the one earned run on no hits and one walk, with five strikeouts for his first victory. Reliever Josh Roeder followed, and was flat out dominating over his four innings of work, allowing no hits, no walks, and fanning 10 of the 12 batters he faced.
For his part, Cyclones starter Harol Gonzalez did not pitch badly. The 21 year old right-hander allowed just one earned run on five hits and two walks, with six strikeouts.
With the score tied at one, Brooklyn's Adrian Almeida took the loss in relief. In a case of what comes around goes around, Almeida put the eventual winning run on base with a 1-out HBP in the home 10th inning. A walk and a wild pitch later, DH Dalton Blaser stood at third. Sound familiar?
Clean-up batter and first baseman, Kane Sweeney then singled Blaser home for the win, and the sweep.
Of the 34 Cyclones batters who stepped up to the plate Saturday, 15 of them struck out. The Cyclones were outscored by a mere 5-3 margin, but were out-hit by a 19-7 margin over two games against Yankees pitching.
Back to back extra inning losses to the Staten Island Yankees?
Definitely not what I had in mind to start the season.