Cyclones drop home opener to hated Yankees

Yankees 3

Cyclones 2

June 18 at MCU Park

The Cyclones dropped their home opener to the hated Staten Island Yankees in a tight game.

The Yankees couldn’t touch starter Carlos Vasquez until the fifth inning, when the Baby Bombers led off with a bleeder double and a hard single. Vasquez was clearly losing steam, but he induced a popup before giving up a run on a SAC fly. He then yielded an RBI single before being sent to the showers. Reliever Steven Winnick put out the fire.

But Winnick gave up a run in the sixth after walking the first batter and allowing him to steal second. He scored on a two-out single.

The Cyclones threatened in the sixth, but only got a run, thanks to a single by Richard Lucas and a double down the line by Travis Taijeron.

The Cyclones, down 3-1, scored one run on a two-out rally in the ninth. Daniel Muno, who was three-for-four on the night, hit a double and later scored on Brandon Brown’s single. But the Clones could do no more damage.

The rubber game of the opening weekend series is tonight at MCU Park. New York Yankee pitcher Phil Hughes will start the game (ringer alert!).

Brooklyn Cyclones vs. Staten Island Yankees at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island, (718) 449-8497], June 19, 5 pm. For info, visit www.brooklyncyclones.com.