Yankees Return Favor to Cyclones

BROOKLYN- After sweeping the Staten Island Yankees in a three game series earlier this season, the Yankees got minor revenge by sweeping the Cyclones in a rain shortened two game series. Despite out hitting the Yankees and getting 10 hits the Cyclones managed just one run, a solo home run by Grant Psomas, in a 6-1 loss Thursday night.

The Cyclones got 18 hits this series, but managed to score just four runs. On August 8, the Cyclones out hit the New Jersey Cardinals 11-8, but still lost 7-2. Brooklyn has now dropped six of their last seven games, however still maintain a one game lead over the Hudson Valley Renegades who lost Thursday to the New Jersey Cardinals. The Cardinals are two games back and begin a three game series with the Cardinals Friday night.

"That is just hard to do" said Cyclones manager Tony Tijerina on getting ten hits but just one run. "We are getting the hits, now we need to drive them in.
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The Cyclones opened the game with back to back singles by Corey Coles and Matt Fisher. Tijerina, trying to make something happen called for a hit and run with a two strike count on Dante Brinkley. However he struck out and Coles was thrown out at third base to complete the double play and deject the Cyclones hopes.

"I think we are starting to press a little right now, especially after that first inning" said hitting coach Donovan Mitchell. "Our guys normally come through with the big hit, but over the last nine games or so, we have just not been playing to our potential."

In the second inning Ambiorix Concepcion led off with a double however was thrown out at third base trying to steal.

"A few base running mistakes early cost up. The first one was my fault" said Tijerina. "I called for the hit and run. Brinkley is a good two strike hitter, and I felt he would make contact. I was just trying to make something happen early in the game. Concepcion was an aggressive mistake, he was trying to make something happen as well, and I don't blame him. However, he has to realize there is nobody out and he is already in scoring position."

Yankees first baseman Ben Jones had an RBI sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to put the Yankees ahead 1-0 and with the game tied at one he singled in a run on the sixth inning putting the Yankees ahead for good.

The Yankees scored three more runs in the seventh, all unearned, after an error by catcher Stacey Bennett.

Notes: Tyler Davidson went 0-4 and failed to reach base for the first time in 34 consecutive games, dating back to July 4… The Cyclones are 4-7 in the month of August and have lost three games in the standings since the month turned to August, as well as dropping 3 of 4 home games this month…Heavy rains are forecasted for Friday due to tropical storm Bonnie.

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