Cyclones Edge Staten Island....Again!

The Yankees finally lost to the Mets. Unfortunately for Met fans though, it was the Staten Island Yankees who lost to the Brooklyn Cyclones 7-4. The game, played in front of a sellout crowd of 8,539, certainly wasn't the sort of glamorous tilt the fans were expecting for a home opener as the teams combined for seven errors.

Staten Island, who lost to Brooklyn 4-3 on Sunday, struck first in the third inning on an RBI-single by Luis Robles. The Cyclones quickly answered in the bottom of the inning with three runs courtesy of two Staten Island errors and an RBI-single by first baseman Ian Bladergroen.

The Cyclones' Bob Keppel, who pitched five perfect innings in Brooklyn's opening day loss to Aberdeen, allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits through six innings with three strikeouts. After allowing the Yankees to strike first in the third, Keppel settled in and retired the next 10 batters.

But Keppel wasn't the only reason Brooklyn excelled. The Cyclones, who already have eight stolen bases on the season, were extremely aggressive as they victimized Staten Island's shaky defense for five more thefts last night. Left fielder Derran Watts (1-for-3, 2 runs) and right fielder Rashad Parker had two steals a piece for Brooklyn (4-1).

In spite of all the errors and mental mistakes, Staten Island managed to make a game of it by scoring a run in the seventh to cut the Cyclones lead to 3-2. But the Cyclones would answer again with three runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh to give themselves a four-run cushion at 6-2. But the Yankees wouldn't go quietly into the night as Edwar Gonzalez hit a two-run double in the eight to cut the Cyclones lead to 6-4. But that was all she wrote as Brooklyn's Carlos Muniz came in with two outs in the eight to shut the door for Brooklyn.

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