Aug. 8 at MCU Park
The Cyclones pounded the Yanks to claim their third win of the four-game series with an 11-hit barrage.
The Yanks got on the board first, with a hit-batter on the first pitch and a beautiful drag bunt to put runners on first and second. Starter Randy Fontanez was lucky that a line drive flew right into his glove to start an easy double play, but he promptly gave up two more hits, to yield one run.
The Cyclones got that run back — and more — on a two-out rally of their own. Brian Harrison and Travis Taijeron singled, setting up Xorge Carrillo’s RBI liner to center and T.J. Rivera’s softer RBI smash to left. Then Charley Thurber knocked in two more with another hard blast to make it 4-1 Clones.
The Yanks got one back in the fourth on a two-out RBI single. And the baby Bombers tied up the score in the fifth on another two-out rally that include an RBI double and single against reliever Jeremy Gould.
But the Clones fought back, loading the bases to start the bottom of the home fifth. Cole Frenzel hit into a double-play, but at least the go-ahead run scored.
Another run came in thanks to a Yankee error in the sixth.
The Cyclones finished their scoring with another two-out RBI, this time by clutch-hitting Travis Taijeron, who was 2-for-3 on the night.
Fontanez didn’t make it to the sixth, a major barrier for Cyclone starters all year long, but the bullpen was solid with Jeremy Gould eventually putting out the fire in the fifth, and Todd Weldon yielding just a meaningless solo shot in the eighth for the save.
The Cyclones don’t return home to MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island, (718) 449-8497] until Aug. 17 at 7 pm. For info, visit www.brooklyncyclones.com.