Sunday, June 21 on Staten Island
Brooklyn jumped out to a 5–0 lead and held off a rally by the hated Staten Island Yankees to take two of three games in the opening series of the season, finally slaying the dragon that is Jhalan “Action” Jackson, the Yanks strapping right-fielder.
Jackson, who hit homers in the first two games against the Clones, twice came up as the tying-run for the Evil Empire of the New York Penn-League, and failed to produce both times,
The outfielder, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, struck out against Nicco Blank in the sixth inning with two runners on in a 5–2 game, then, with the score 6–4 in the eighth and a man on, he grounded into a force-out against Alex Palsha, who went on to earn the save.
Brooklyn designated hitter Jeff Diehl went two-for-four with two runs batted in, including the first home run hit by a Cyclone in 2015. Right fielder Michael Bernal also went two-for-four, with a double and triple, scoring twice.
Michael Gibbons won his first start of the season, giving up two runs in five-and-two-thirds innings, striking out six.
The Cyclones took advantage of four Staten Island errors, while committing only one.
The Clones return to Coney Island tonight for a six-game home stand, with three against the Tri-City Valley Cats and three against the Connecticut Tigers.
Game time is 7 pm. Be there.