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!