Cyclones Get Smoked by Yankees, 12-3
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Sunday, August 19, 2007

BROOKLYN, NY - After last night’s game with the Hudson Valley Renegades was rained out, the Cyclones were out to make sure that the rival Staten Island Yankees were the ones left out in the water. However after giving up five runs in the first three innings and seven more in the eighth, the ‘Clones were the ones hung out to dry, losing 12-3.

“This was one of our worst games this season,” said Cyclones manager Edgar Alfonzo. “We didn’t execute as well as we could have.”

Looking for his fifth win of the season, Nick Carr, who was last night’s scheduled starter before the game was postponed due to rain, ran into trouble in the first, giving up a Braedyn Pruitt RBI single that gave Staten Island a 1-0 lead.

Continuing to get into trouble in the third, Carr would give up a Damon Sublett RBI and a sacrifice fly by Pruitt that would stretch the Staten Island lead to 3-0. However, the Yankees offense wouldn’t be finished sending runners home in the third, as Carr would give up two more runs that would put the Mets Single-A affiliate down 5-0.

“All of his stuff was flat today,” said Alfonzo of Carr, who lasted only three innings. “He had no command.”

The Cyclones would answer back in the bottom of the third however, getting an RBI single from Jason Jacobs that sent home Joaquin Rodriguez and brought Brooklyn within four. Those hits would be only two of the four off of Yankees starter Zach McAllister, who would hurl 4.2 innings, giving up only two runs in the process.

Replacing Carr in the fourth would be Steven Cheney, who would pitch three scoreless innings while the ‘Clones would score runs in the fifth and sixth, courtesy of RBI hits by Jake Eigsti and Matt Bouchard that would put the baby Mets within striking distance with three innings left to play.

“We got back into it, but we couldn’t capitalize on all their mistakes,” said Eigsti. “We didn’t play our smartest game today.”

Edgar Ramirez would then come out of the Brooklyn pen in the seventh and kept the game at 5-3, but would leave in the eighth with one out and the bases loaded in favor of southpaw Josh Appell. Unfortunately for Brooklyn however, Appell would walk both David Williams and Justin Snyder with the bases loaded, giving the Yankees the four-run lead back they had earlier in the game.

Will Morgan would then be called upon to cleanup Appell’s mess and wouldn’t fair much better, giving up four runs on RBI singles off the bats of Taylor Holiday, Sublett and Matt Morris, effectively putting the game away at 12-3, before the inning was over.

The Cyclones would have an opportunity to come back however, getting the bases loaded with only one out in the bottom of the eighth, but wouldn’t be able to mount any offense, as Eigsti would ground into a double play to end the inning. Eddie Kunz would come into the game in the ninth and throw a scoreless frame, but the Brooklyn offense was once again held in check, ending a 12-3 ‘Clones loss.

“We had opportunities to come back,” said Alfonzo. “We just didn’t have it tonight. All game we were swinging at their pitches instead of waiting for good ones.”

Losing their first game since returning from the All-Star break, the Cyclones understand how important these games are with Staten Island, who are only four games behind Brooklyn with 23 games left to play.

“That’s the great thing about baseball,” said Eigsti. “As bad as we played today, we’ll come back strong tomorrow. We’re in first place for a reason and tomorrow we’ll play the way we have to.”