Cyclones struggle against rival Baby Bombers
Brooklyn has totally turned their season around since July, but one team the Cyclones struggle against is the rival Staten Island Yankees and that continued Monday night as the Baby Bombers beat them 2-1 in extra innings out on Staten Island. That has allowed to Yanks to stick around in the wild-card race, they’re currently 2.5 games out.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The Cyclones struck first when Alfredo Reyes scored on an RBI single by Michael Conforto in the top of the third. The Baby Bombers then tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning when Jose Javier scored on a wild pitch by Alberto Baldonado.
Baldonado wasn’t charged with an earned run that inning so he finished with no earned runs over four innings on four walks and three strikeouts. Not his best outing, but thanks to great bullpen work from Carlos Valdez, who tossed 3.2 shutout innings, and Kelly Secrest the Cyclones got good enough pitching to win.
It wasn’t until Brad Wieck came in for the 10th inning that the Cyclones pitching finally cracked again. Things started out so perfectly as Wieck struck out a pair. Chris Breen walked the ‘Clones off with a deep fly to right center.
PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS: The Cyclones remain two games ahead of the Connecticut Tigers, who also lost, but the Yanks are just 2.5 games out. That’s a bit scary considering the Cyclones are 4-6 against the Yanks this season with four more games left to play against them. If they somehow lose three of those four it could be very hard to sneak into the playoffs. The Lowell Spinners are also hanging around just 2.5 games back thanks to a recent three-game winning streak.
UP NEXT: The Cyclones are in Staten Island for one more night before they come back to Coney Island to finish off the three game series against the Baby Bombers. Then it’s a three-game trip to Tri-City before one final home-and-away series against SI to close out the season.