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Cyclones beat Yanks, 5-3, in season opener!

Cyclones 5

Yankees 3

June 17, at Staten Island

The Cyclones’ dream of a perfect season got off to a good start with a crisp win against their cross-Narrows rivals in the opening night game of the 2011 season.

The Cyclones got on the board first, putting up a three spot in the second. Luke Stewart led off with a single, followed by two walks to load the bases. Amauris Valdez got the Cyclones’ first RBI of the season on a single, followed by a wild pitch that scored another run. Daniel Muno followed with a SAC fly.

The Yankees got two back in the third, on a homer and a SAC fly, and then tied the game in the fifth, thanks to a Muno error and a groundout.

But the Cyclones got that run back — and the lead — in the sixth on Travis Taijeron’s triple and Dylan Brown’s RBI single.

And the Clones added an insurance run in the ninth on Ismael Tijerina’s RBI single.

Closer Jeremy Gould pitched a one, two, three ninth for the save.

Pitchers are clearly ahead of hitters right now, with 13 Cyclones striking out on the night — everyone at least once, except Taijeron — and 10 Yankees whiffing.

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