From the desk of:
THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS and THE ST. GEORGE SAUSAGE RATS
BATTLE OF THE BOROUGHS
Series tied 1-1
I - SIY 3; BKC 1
II - BKC 7; SIY 4
Staten Island Yankees
Ballpark by the Beach
Brooklyn Cyclones Even Series With Victory at Richmond County Yard.
After going down meekly in the first, the Coney Island bats ignited in the second inning against Staten Island starter Juan De Paula. Leading off, first baseman Chase Chambers (fifth in the league in batting) squeezed a grounder through the infield. Center fielder Ross Adolph then followed with a home run over the right/center wall. Catcher Nick Meyer kept the hits coming with a triple to right, then scored on shortstop Manny Rodriguez' one-out base hit through the left side of the infield. Second baseman Oliver Pasqual added a single, but the Yankees escaped further damage by turning 5-4-3 double play.
Monday Night Baseball
Pizza Rats 4
Leading off the bottom of the third, Staten Island center fielder Junior Soto homered off Brooklyn starter Christian James. An inning later, the Yankees knocked James out of the box upon taking a 4-3 lead with three runs on three hits and a walk. Coach Alfonzo relieved him with by Billy Oxford.
After Coney Island left fielder David Miranda drew a walk leading off the sixth, Chase Chambers put runners on the corners with a single to center. After a pitching change, Ross Adolph delivered the game tying run with a hit to right.
Staten Island's bullpen struggles continued, surrendering three more runs through the eighth inning. The Cyclones pounded Yankees pitching for twelve hits overall, five for extra bases.
After just 3.2 innings pitched, starter Christian James escapes with a no-decision. Billy Oxford earns the win for his 2.1 innings of scoreless work. He allowed three hits and fanned one. Yeudy Colon pitched both the eighth and ninth innings for his first save of the season.
The Cyclones even the series against the Yankees; the series finale shifts back to Coney Island Tuesday. With Monday's victory, they also avoid losing their third straight. Instead they gain their eleventh victory of the season. The Hudson Valley Renegades defeated the Iron Birds at Aberdeen, and therefore maintain their slim one game lead over the second place Cyclones. Meanwhile, the Yankees remain anchored in last place of the McNamara Division with a 5-12 record to start the season.
New York-Penn League:
- Chase Chambers - #5 Avg; #5 OBP
- Jose Brizuela - #9 OPS
- Jose Miguel Medina - t-#2 Doubles
Brooklyn has struck for at least twelves hit in three of their last five games. One night after stroking a season high fifteen hits against the Lake Monsters, they one-upped themselves, battering Vermont pitching for another record setting sixteen hits.
They're yet to play twenty games, but this year's Cyclones have easily distinguished themselves from last year's team, and the prior year's team for that matter. Under manager Edgardo Alfonzo the Surf Avenue Sluggers are playing up to their name:
New York Penn League Team Offense:
- Runs - #1
- Hits - #1
- Doubles - #1
- Triples - #1
- Total Bases - #1
- Team Avg - #2
- Team OBP - #2
- Team Slugging - #3
- Walks - #7
- K - #6 most
- Home Runs - #10
When compared to the others, that last stat is quite telling, isn't it? Something the Queens Mets should be paying closer attention to.
I digress ...
However, The Cyclones on the mound are doing themselves no favors. In a pitcher's league, the Coney Island hurlers are lagging, to say the least. In a fourteen team league, Cyclones pitching presently rates below league par.
New York -Penn League Team Pitching:
- ERA - #10
- WHiP - #10
- Earned Runs - Fifth most
- Hits Allowed - fourth most
- Home Runs Allowed - sixth most
- Base on Balls - sixth most
- Strikeouts - sixth most
No Sleep Till Brooklyn