The Cyclones plated 12 runs, scoring in every inning except the first and ninth, with four pitchers combining to hold Staten Island to 5 runs, evening the best-of-three series at one game apiece. Brooklyn forces a decisive third game, winning Game Two by a final score of 12-5.
RHP Jeffrey Walters started the game for the Cyclones, but was knocked out with the Yankees threatening, in the 5th inning. For the game Walters finished with 4.1 IP, 8 Hits, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s for a line. 20-year-old RHP Rafael Montero got him out of trouble in the 5th, and got the Win. RHP Tyler Pill pitched the 6th and 7th innings, earning a Hold, while scattering two hits. LHP Jeremy Gould tossed a scoreless 8th and 9th innings, allowing only 2 hits and a walk.
RHP Bryan Mitchell started for the Yankees and took the loss, lasting 4.2 IP with 6 Hits, 7 Runs, 4 ER’s, 2 BB’s, 5 K’s, 1 WP and 1 HR. RHP Zachary Varce went 2.1 IP giving up 6 Hits, 3 ER’s, a Balk, and a WP. RHP John Brebbia pitched the 8th and gave up 2 Runs, on 4 Hits, including 1 HR. RHP Mariel Checo pitched a scoreless 9th, walking one.
The scoring started off in the top of the 2nd, when DH Brian Harrison lashed a double to RF scoring 1B Cole Frenzel who was on after being hit by a pitch. 1-0 Cyclones.
In the bottom of the inning Staten Island came roaring back with two runs. Three one-out singles in a row by 1B Reymond Nunez, 2B Casey Stevenson (with a throwing error on Taijeron allowing the runners to move up to 2nd and 3rd) and DH Zachary Wilson followed with a single to drive them both in. 2-1 Yankees.
2B Brandon Brown led off the 3rd with a single, after one out, RF Charlie Thurber singles to the opposite field to put runners on first and second. After LF Javier Rodriguez strikes out, Richard Lucas hits a grounder that is booted by the SS and everybody’s safe, bases juiced. Then Cole Frenzel stepped to the plate and delivered a base-hit to left, scoring Brown and Thurber. With Lucas on second and Frenzel on first, CF Travis Taijeron reaches first on yet another error, this time by 3B Tyler Austin, which enables Lucas to score from 2nd. 4-2 Cyclones.
The Yankees got a gift run back in the bottom of the 3rd, after CF Mason Williams led-off with a single. A failed sacrifice brought one out, but then when Mason stole second base, there were two throwing errors, the first on C Xorge Carrillo, and the second on 2B Brown which allowed Williams to score. 4-3 Cyclones.
Charlie Thurber connected for a two-run homer in the 4th inning. 6-3 Cyclones.
Richard Lucas got things started in the 5th when he led-off with a walk, and stole second. But after two were out, he was still on second base. That’s when Brian Harrison took matters into his own hands, doubling to RF and driving in Lucas, while knocking Mitchell out of the game. 7-3 Cyclones.
With one out in the bottom half of the 5th inning, the wheels came off for Walters. A walk sandwiched between two singles, loaded the bases, and drove him from the game in favor of Montero. Tyler Austin hit a single to CF which Taijeron misplayed into an error that allowed two runs to score. Montero retired the next two hitters to end the threat. 7-5 Cyclones.
In the top of the 6th inning, SS Danny Muno hit a single to RF. With two-outs and Javier Rodriguez at the plate, Yankee pitcher Zachary Varce committed a balk to send Muno to second. Rodriguez then singled to bring him home. 8-5 Cyclones.
The top of the 7th began with a Richard Lucas single followed by a stolen base. He was still on second with two outs when Varce tossed a wild pitch allowing Lucas to scamper to third. Brian Harrison then singled to bring in Lucas, followed by a Xorge Carrillo single to put men on the corners, and then a Brandon Brown single to bring home Harrison. 10-5 Cyclones.
The top of the 8th began with John Brebbia replacing Varce for the Yankees. Thurber leads off with a single to CF. After one out, Richard Lucas took Brebbia deep for a two-run shot, making the score 12-5. And the Clones never looked back from there.
The hitting stars of the game, for the Yankees: lead-off hitter Mason Williams went 3 for 5, 2 runs scored and Zachary Wilson went 2 for 4, 1 2B and 2 RBI’s.
For the Cyclones: Brian Harrison was 4 for 5, 1 run, 2 2B’s, and 3 RBI’s. Charlie Thurber was 3 for 6, 3 runs, 1 HR, and 2 RBI’s. Richard Lucas was 2 for 4, 4 runs, 1 walk, 1 HR, 2 RBI’s. Cole Frenzel also chipped in a pair of RBI’s.
The deciding Game Three of the series will be held Saturday night in Staten Island, at 7:05 pm. Probable pitchers are LHP Carlos Vasquez for the Cyclones, and RHP William Oliver, for the Yankees.