Cyclones magic number down to five with six to play
The Brooklyn Cyclones delivered a much needed blow against the Staten Island Yankees, a team they have struggled against, after a five-run third inning lead them to an 8-2 victory in Staten Island on Tuesday night. The win knocks the Yanks to 3.5 games out of the wild-card race with six games left to play including three against each other.
There was no score in the game headed to the third inning when Michael Bernal, Tucker Tharp and Alfredo Reyes started the inning with three consecutive singles. Bernal scored on Reyes’ single and Tharp scored when Adrian Abreu grounded out. Amed Rosario kept it going with an RBI single, Jhoan Urena drove in another run and Pedro Perez singled past third to make it 5-0. That’s five runs on seven hits, all singles.
The Cyclones would later score three more runs, but five was enough for starter Casey Meisner, who allowed one run in six innings on four hits, 11 strikeouts and a walk. The lone run came in the fourth inning when a pair of Yankees doubled. After Meisner was done striking everyone out, Gaither Bumgardner and Edioglis Villasmil pitched the final two innings to finish the game.
The Cyclones picked up 14 hits in this game with Rosario and Reyes leading the way with three each and Michael Conforto and Urena with two each. The only starter that didn’t get a hit was Abreu, who drove in a run in the third on a ground out.
PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS: This win was huge to knock the Staten Island Yankees 3.5 games out of the wild card with three more games head-to-head. It also keeps the Cyclones a full 2.0 games ahead of the Connecticut Tigers, who won on Tuesday and just won’t go away. The Cyclones magic number down to five with six to play.
UP NEXT: The Cyclones finish off this away-and-home three game series by coming back to Brooklyn Wednesday night to face the Staten Island Yankees one more time. They then head to Tri-City for a three-game series and wrap up the season with two games, home-and-away, against Staten Island.