Stewart homers, but Cyclones still lose 3-2

Cyclones win, 3-2, in the ninth!
Photo by Tom Callan

Yankees 3
Cyclones 2

July 3 at Staten Island

The Cyclones blew a strong lead — and first baseman Luke Stewart’s first home run of the season — in a disappointing 3-2 loss to the hated Staten Island Yankees at MCU Park.

Stewart’s blast to right made short stop Ismael Tijerina’s previous double count in an amazing first inning rally, but that’s all the Coney Island kids had for their fans on Sunday.

The Yankees tied everything up in the fifth, sparking two Cyclones pitcher changes, but in the end it was poor fielding that led to a Bombers victory: Tijerina missed an easy offering by Yankee Robert Rinard at the top of the ninth, sending him to first. A sacrifice bunt and single later, Rinard ran home with the win.

The Cyclones return home vs. the Vermont Lake Monsters at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island, (718) 449-8497] on July 6, 7 pm. For info, visit www.brooklyncyclones.com.