Clones hand Staten Island victory with two-run homer in ninth

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The Cyclones fell to the Evil Empire last night, allowing a two-run homer in the ninth that broke a 1–1 tie in favor of Staten Island and sealed the loss for Brooklyn.

Clones reliever Mac Lozer — who replaced starting pitcher Kyle Wilson in the seventh, after Wilson gave up the game-tieing run in the fifth — allowed Andres Chaparro to smack a homer to center in the top of the ninth, scoring him and Eduardo Torrealba, who had walked, and making it 3–1.

Ryan Selmer then replaced Lozer on the mound and didn’t give up any more runs, but Brooklyn hitters did not answer back in the bottom of the inning.

Our boys scored their lone run in the second, when David Miranda — who had walked, moved to second on a Manny Rodriguez line-drive single, then stole third — rounded home on a Yankees fielder’s choice.

Wilson, in his third start for the Clones, kept Staten Island scoreless for five innings. But the Yankees tied it up in the top of the fifth when Canaan Smith, who singled to first and made it to third when Jesus Bastidas smacked a line drive to center, scored on Frederick Cuevas’s sacrifice fly.

And despite making strong starts in his three appearances on the mound, Wilson remains winless in the season.

Cyclones skipper Edgardo Alfonzo said that even though Brooklyn lost its last two games in a row, he is not worried that a losing streak is settling in.

“I think we played good,” Alfonzo said after the game. “Hopefully we get back tomorrow and continue our success to win games.”

The Cyclones seek revenge against the hated Yankees tonight on the Rock at 7:00 pm.

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