Cyclones beat the Yankees, magic number down to four
The Brooklyn Cyclones have nearly eliminated the Staten Island Yankees from playoff contention when they beat them 3-2 in 11 innings on Wednesday night on a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded. The Yanks are now 4.5 games out of the wild-card race with five to play, a win by the Cyclones or a loss by the Yanks officially eliminates them.
Scarlyn Reyes started for the Cyclones and allowed just two runs, one earned, on three hits, a walk and seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. He gave up one run in the first on a sac fly with a little help from a throwing error by shortstop Alfredo Reyes to fall behind 1-0.
The Cyclones tied it in the third when Michael Conforto doubled and scored on a Jhoan Urena infield-single to first and a throwing error by first baseman Connor Spencer. They then took the lead in the sixth when Tucker Tharp singled and scored when Reyes hit into a double play.
Things got a bit wild in the seventh, though, and the Yankees tied it after Scarlyn Reyes unleashed three wild pitches in a row.
Things stood at 2-2 for a while thanks to some solid bullpen work from Kelly Secrest, Shane Bay and Brad Wieck. Then in the bottom of the 11th, Tucker Tharp started things off with an infield single to short, Anthony Chavez singled and Adrian Abreu was intentially walked to load the bases. That’s when Yankees pitcher Matt Wotherspoon hit Amed Rosario with a pitch to drive in the winning run. Not the prettiest, but in a playoff race the Cyclones are surely happy with it.
NEARLY ELIMINATED: After the Cyclones beat the Yankees, the Baby Bombers are still technically alive, but at 4.5 games out with five left to play they would literally have to win all of their games while the Cyclones lose all of theirs. That’s possible, especially considering they face each other two more times, but highly unlikely.
WILD-CARD LEADERS: Despite the fact that the Yankees are practically eliminated, the Cyclones aren’t in the clear yet. The Connecticut Tigers sit just two games behind them and haven’t been going away. The Cyclones magic number is four which means any combination of Cyclones’ wins and Tigers’ loses adding up to four gets them in.
UP NEXT: The Cyclones head to Tri-City, which is actually Troy, New York, to take on the ValleyCats in a three-game series. As usual, the Cyclones have not announced a starter for Thursday. They played Tri-City for the first time all season last week and took two out of three and outscored them 17-6 in the series.