The Cyclones split a doubleheader with their hated rivals the Staten Island Yankees on Monday, and they remained one game out of first place of behind the doubly hated Aberdeen IronBirds. Gavin Cecchini failed in his attempt to break the Cyclones record for consecutive game hitting streak, going 0–3 in Game 1. That leaves him tied with Lucas Duda for the record of hitting in 17 straight games.
Aug. 19 at MCU Park (Game 1 Seven innings)
The Clones took the first of the two shortened games in dramatic fashion when Kale Sumner was tagged out at home plate by catcher Eddie Rohan for the last out of the game.
Rohan put the first points on the board in the third after doubling into right field and then made it home on a throwing error by the Yankees’ Derek Toadvine, who tried to turn a double play. Patrick “To Infinity and” Biondi hit an RBI single in the fifth to put another run on.
The Cyclones were up 3–1 in the seventh and final frame when the Yankees loaded the bases on three straight walks by Cristian Chivilli. David Wynn entered the game and gave up a single to Tejeda that scored one run. But Jared King’s throw to Rohan made it just in time to tag Sumner and save the game.
Aug. 19 at MCU Park (Game 2, Seven innings)
A nightmare seventh inning plagued the Cyclones as they used three different pitchers, who walked three batters and allowed two runs to score in the second game of the doubleheader.
Tomas Nido started things off for the Clones with a two-run double in the second inning, which allowed Jared King and James Roche, who had walked and singled, to come home.
But the Clones couldn’t add any more runs, and only recorded one more hit the rest of the way, as they were stymied by the Staten Island pitching, which struck out 12 Cyclones, including a stretch of nine out of 10 players that came to the plate.
Meanwhile, the Yankees added three runs in the third on an RBI by Cyclone killer Yeicok Calderon and a two-run double by Mike Ford. The seventh inning proved to be the backbreaker for the Clones in an otherwise close game.
Ricky Knapp started the inning, but allowed two players to get on by a hit and a walk, so closer Johnny Magliozzi replaced him. Magliozzi, however, went on to walk two straight batters, bringing a run in and allowing another score off a sac fly.
Magliozzi got upset with the umpire and was tossed from the game, forcing Ismael Tijerina, normally a shortstop, to step in and finish the game as a birthday present to the 24-year-old, who struck out the last batter in a wild finish.
The Cyclones return to MCU Park to play the Yankees again tonight to attempt to bounce back and close the game and a half gap between them and the first place Aberdeen IronBirds.
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