First blood! Clones beat Yanks

Cyclones 9
Yankees 4

Aug. 5 at Staten Island

The Major League Yankees and the Red Sox kicked off a four-game series on the same night that the Cyclones and their hated cross-Harbor rivals began a three-game, home-and-home series.

And the Cyclones drew first blood!

The Cyclones got on the board first, with two runs in the fourth — both unearned, thanks to two Yankee errors.

Starter Carlos Vazquez gave up a solo shot in the fifth to halve the lead, and then lost his lead in the next inning when the Yanks tied it up on a triple.

But the Cyclones busted out for five runs in the seventh inning. The barrage started slowly, as the Clones loaded the bases with a single and two walks. A passed ball scored the first run before Richard Lucas knocked in two with a single. A hit batter loaded the bases again, and Travis Taijeron singled home another. The scoring was capped by a wild pitch.

Two more runs scored in the eight on Lucas’s single.

The Yankees did rally in the ninth, but came up short, putting up a two-spot against reliever T.J. Chism.

The Cyclones are home against the hated Staten Island Yankees at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island, (718) 449-8497] tonight at 6 pm. For info, visit www.brooklyncyclones.com.