Staten Island Yankees 1
June 19 at Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Stellar pitching helped the Cyclones top the hated Staten Island Yankees 41 on the Rock Tuesday night — proving that Monday’s shutout victory over the New York-Penn League champions wasn’t a fluke.
Brooklyn starter and resident flamethrower Luis Mateo lived up to his fearsome reputation as he struck out nine Baby Bombers in five and two-thirds innings on the mound, giving up only one run on a Yankee solo shot in the third — the first of just two Yankees hits in their home opener.
The Yankees put up six pitchers throughout the night, but the uneven roster only helped the Cyclones round the bases — with hurler Gabriel Encinas starting a second inning Cyclones surge by plunking Brooklyn catcher Kevin Plawecki at the top of the frame. Plawecki notched the first run of the night a short time later after scoring on a fielding error.
The Cyclones are home again at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island, (718) 4498497, www.brooklyncyclones.com] on Thursday, June 21 as they close out their four game series against the reviled Staten Island Yankees.