Cyclones 2011 Season Ends In Crushing 1-0 Defeat
Congratulations to the Staten Island Yankees on winning the Semi-Final round of the NYPL play-offs. They defeated the Brooklyn Cyclones tonight in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in the third and deciding game of the series. Three Yankees pitchers combined to hurl a 4 hit shutout, walking 3, and striking out 11. Staten Island moves on to play Auburn for the NYPL title in the series starting Monday.
Yankee starter RHP William Oliver pitched like the second coming of Walter Johnson. He tore through the Cyclone line-up like a runaway train, tossing 6 shutout innings with 2 hits, 3 walks and 10 strikeouts. RHP Philip Wetherell pitched a scoreless 7th and 8th, to get the win, and RHP Branden Pinder threw a perfect 9th, earning the save.
Cyclones starter, LHP Carlos Vasquez matched zeros with Oliver, pitching 6 scoreless innings, giving up just 2 hits, 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts. LHP T.J. Chism was summoned to pitch the 7th and 8th, but the Brooklyn fortunes were about to change in the span of two hitters in the bottom of the 7th. With one out, 3B Tyler Austin doubled to RF. The next batter, 1B Reymond Nunez tripled to deep CF to score Austin with the winning run, tagging Chism with the loss, and sending the Cyclones home.
Sincere thanks to the Brooklyn Cyclones for making 2011 a memorable year!
About the Author: Peter Shapiro
The first time I went to Shea was not for a Mets game, it was for the Beatles concert there in August of '66. My first Met game was '67, a guy named Salty Parker was the interim-manager then. My first pennant race was 1969. As a 12 year-old that summer and fall, I managed to get to the park for 3 games. The first was the beginning of the Miracle which actually started on Tuesday July 8, 1969 with a day game against the Cubs. I was there a lot in '73. I saw games 3 & 5 of the 1973 NL Playoffs against the "Big Red Machine", from the upper deck behind home plate. It was from there that I witnessed the fight between Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose, and the mayhem that ensued. And that sweet victory in game 5! I saw a couple of WS games at Shea that year against that legendary Oakland A's club. I was there in 1985 for every single game Dr. K pitched including his two 16 strikeout performances, and the day he one-hit the Cubs on an infield single and the Mets won 1-0. I loved being a Met fan in those days. Hopefully we are once again preparing to emerge from the darkness.
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