Depending on what part of the Verrazano you live in, on August 20 you either got some good news or some bad news. If where you reside is out on Staten Island home of the Yankees (32-31) you got some good news as your team is now 2.5 games back in the Wild Card Standings.
For those who happen to reside in Brooklyn (35-29), the news wasn’t completely bad but a 14-4 defeat to your New York-Penn League Rivals, and one of the teams you will need to beat to maintain your top spot-it was in fact bad news.
In the first of seven games, this night went to the Yankees who were able to hit their offensive strides at just the right moment. Staten Island was able to record two huge innings in the Bottom of the Fourth and Fifth plating seven and five runs respectively.
This night started off in favor of the visiting team who plated two runs in the top of the second. Second Baseman Tyler Moore recorded his first home run on a fly ball to Center Field. Catcher Adrian Abreu added a run later on with an RBI single.
Staten Island tied things up in the bottom of the third, that was highlighted by an RBI Double from Luis Torrens (11). The Baby Bombers proceeded to make solid contact for the two huge innings in the bottom of the Fourth and Fifth Inning.
The Brooklyn bats did not go down without a fight as there were a few small glimpse of hope that gave the contingency of Cyclones fans in attendance hope, but at the end of the day the Yankees pitching was just too much.
Leading the way for the Staten Island Yankees pitching was Jordan Cote, who worked five strong innings, giving up one run, while striking out four batters. Mean while the Baby Bombers bats lived up to the billing, as the offensive unit as a whole recorded 13 hits.
Recent All-Stars in Third Baseman Ty McFarland and Catcher Luis Torrens continued their fine hitting performances. McFarland led the way with his three hit and three RBI performance, while Torrens had two hits and three RBIs.
Brooklyn, meanwhile was led by Catcher Adrian Abreu with his three hit, two RBI performance. Thanks to the Lowell Spinners Walk-Off Victory over the Connecticut Tigers the boys from Brooklyn will remain in the top spot in the Wild Card Standings for now, though it will certainly be a tight race to the end.
These two teams will meet again on Thursday, August 21 this time the series moving to MCU Park. It was announced by the Cyclones that New York Mets Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will make the start on Thursday for the Brooklyn Cyclones as part of his Major League Rehabilitation Assignment. It is the final Jersday Thursday at MCU Park so fans are encouraged to get to the gates early, the first pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m.
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Staten Island Manager Mario Garza along with Players Ty McFarland and Jordan Cote
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