Cyclones Take Care of Yanks in 13 Innings

The Cyclones took an early lead on Saturday, surrendered that lead, and used some outstanding defensive plays to keep the score tied until the 13th inning. They then used back-to-back hits from Jonathan Slack and Ender Chavez in the bottom of the 13th to improve their extra-inning record to 3-1, and improve to 11-8 overall. The win, and Williamsport's loss, ties the Cyclones for first place.

Box Score

In the first inning, Chavez singled and went to second base on an error. Joe Jiannetti followed with an RBI double, stole third, and then scored the Cyclones' second run on a passed ball.

Kevin Deaton was overpowering, and racked up 10 strikeouts in 5 innings. He ran into trouble in the third, though, when he balked with runners on first and third. A sacrifice fly later tied the game at 2.

The Cyclones picked up another run in the sixth inning. With first and third, Joe Jiannetti was picked off first, and caught in a rundown. While the rundown was going on, Jonathan Slack edged off third, and eventually dashed for the plate. He scored to put the Cyclones on top, but in the top of the ninth, the Yankees tied the game again when an infield single by Matt Carson scored Jared Treadway.

With the bases still loaded, Tommy Rojas sent a deep fly ball to right field that would have scored all 3 runners, but John Toner made an outstanding play at the warning track to keep the game tied.

The two teams stayed scoreless until the bottom of the 13th, when Jonathan Slack singled to left field with1 out, and Ender Chavez brought him home with a double to the gap in left center.

Brooklyn has now defeated Staten Island at KeySpan Park in 8 consecutive games (including the 2001 postseason). The Yankees have yet to win in Brooklyn.

The Cyclones and Yankees now play 2 more games on Staten Island, Sunday and Monday.

Game recap courtesy of the Brooklyn Cyclones

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