The Brooklyn Cyclones got a lead early, but couldn’t hold on to it as the Staten Island Yankees hit a pair of homers to power themselves to a 5-3 victory in Staten Island on Wednesday.
The Yankees did strike first with back-to-back doubles from Eric Jagielo and Mike Ford to get a 1-0 lead, but the Cyclones answered back with a three-spot in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Those three runs came on a Ismael Tijerina sac fly, a Gavin Cecchini RBI-groundout and a James Roche RBI-single. The Yankees got one of those runs back in the fourth inning when Mike Ford leadoff the inning with a homer to right off of starting pitcher Darwin Frias.
Frias was still on the mound when the Yankees finally broke through in the sixth inning when they scored three runs on a home run by Brandon Thomas. That effectively knocked Frias out of the game and was good enough for the win as they went ahead 5-3 and the Cyclones failed to score again. Brooklyn didn’t even threaten after that as their final nine batters were retired in a row to end the game.
• James Roche went 3-for-4 with a RBI to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He’s hitting .414/.485/.621 with three stolen bases during that span.
• Patrick Biondi was out again with a sore wrist. He was available to pinch run, but was not called upon. Biondi is hitting .249/.348/.301 with 17 stolen bases this season.
• Since coming back from his injury, Jared King has struggled and is just 4-for-19.
• Frias had been on a roll before this start with a 2.82 ERA over his last six outings. Five runs allowed, seven hits and three walks were all season highs though.
• The Cyclones were two games above .500 and half game out of first, but with the loss and an Aberdeen IronBirds win they are 1.5 games back and just one game over again. The Jamestown Jammers and State College Spikes both won, again, so they are now 6.5 back in the Wild Card race.
• The Cyclones and the Yankees head back to Brooklyn Thursday night for what should be a good pitcher’s duel between a pair of righties, John Gant (2.59 ERA) for the ‘Clones and Rookie Davis (2.37) for the Yanks.