August 9 at Staten Island
Vinny Siena’s run-scoring single gave the Cyclones a 2–1, 11th-inning win over the hated Staten Island Yankees.
His name was misspelled on the scoreboard as “Siene” but the Evil Empire of the New York-Penn League will remember the All-Star second baseman as Brooklyn’s win snapped a five-game losing streak and puts the Cyclones only a game and a half behind the rivals from the Rock.
“It was a good win for the guys,” said skipper Tom Gamboa. “It’s hard fought. Every player but Garcia was in the game.”
Brooklyn finished two-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 14 runners on base, but six Cyclones held Staten Island to one run.
Siena’s hit was timely because Brooklyn was running out of pitchers and were on the verge of using a catcher on the mound.
“We were one inning away from having either Brosher or Garcia pitch,” Gamboa said.
The Cyclones took a 1–0 lead in the third as Alfredo Reyes singled, stole second and scored on Will Fulmer’s single on a hit-and-run.
Edioglis Villasmil came down from Savannah to start for the Cyclones. Gamboa hoped to get him through five innings but removed the righty after Villasmil walked two batters in the fifth.
“We knew right then we were going to run out of pitching,” he said.
Thairo Estrada’s two-out, run-scoring single off Johnny Magliozzi tied the game.
Magliozzi pitched two innings before being replaced by Jose Celas.
Celas, making his first appearance in five weeks, got a double-play ball to get out of the seventh inning.
The Cyclones loaded the bases with nobody out in the eighth on two walks and a single.
Jeff Diehl pinch-hit for Zach Mathieu but hit a slow tapper which was fielded by Staten Island pitcher Michael Schaub. Schaub threw home for the force.
Brandon Brosher pinch-hit for Manuel Hilario but struck out, leaving Michael Bernal at third.
Enmanuel Zabala pinch-hit for Pedro Perez and struck out looking to end the inning.
“We couldn’t even get a good swing,” Gamboa said. “Forget a good at-bat, we couldn’t even get a good swing from three guys in a row.”
P.J. Conlon pitched a scoreless eighth after allowing a leadoff double.
The Cyclones left two more runners on in the ninth and turned the ball over to Ruben Reyes.
Reyes struggled with control earlier in the week but pitched the first 1-2-3 inning for either team in the bottom of the ninth.
After the Cyclones were held scoreless in the 10th, Reyes pitched another 1-2-3 inning.
Alfredo Reyes led off the 11th with a single to right, moved to second on Tucker Tharp’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Siena’s single.
Siena entered in the seventh for Fulmer, who had driven in the other Brooklyn run.
“We keep trying to get Reyes to hit the ball the other way, and he did it twice today and got two hits so maybe it’ll sink in,” Gamboa said.
All-Star Alex Palsha was brought in to close out Staten Island but allowed a leadoff single to Ryan Krill.
Krill moved to second on a wild pitch.
Palsha blew a fastball past Jhalan “Action” Jackson for the first out. Kevin Cornelius popped up to first and Palsha got Zack Zehner looking to end the game.
The Cyclones will take on the Evil Empire of the New York-Penn League at 7 pm on Monday.