July 2 at Staten Island
Closer Jeremy Gould blew a three-run lead — with two outs in the bottom of the ninth! — and the hated Staten Island Yankees surged to a 6-5 win over our beloved Cyclones in 10 innings on the Rock.
Sent in to protect a 5-2 lead, Gould struck out the first two Bombers he faced, but then allowed a walk to Mason Williams, a run-scoring double to Cito Culver, and a run-scoring single to Ali Castillo.
With Zachary Taylor at the plate, a passed ball allowed Castillo to take second, and Taylor then lashed a single to right to score him.
In the 10th, Hunter Carnevale replaced Gould — and literally threw the game away, giving up a single and throwing two wild pitches before allowing a walk-off sacrifice fly to Chase Greene.
The poor bullpen work negated a strong start by the Brooks, who got a second-inning solo shot from Juan Torres and a three-run blast by Javier Rodriguez in the third. In the sixth, Brandon Brown chased home Greene with a single, and finished with a Cyclone-record five hits on the night.
The Cyclones return home vs. the Staten Island Yankees at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island, (718) 449-8497] on July 3, 6 pm. Fireworks will follow the game. For info, visit www.brooklyncyclones.com.