STATEN ISLAND, NY – The Staten Island Yankees committed four errors as they fell to the visiting Brooklyn Cyclones and dropped the opening series of the 2015 season to their crosstown rivals.
Brooklyn started off the scoring early touching Yankees starter Will Carter for two runs, one earned on two walks and a hit. Carter only pitched two-thirds of the inning, throwing 27 pitches, before being relieved by left-hander James Reeves. Reeves was solid in his debut throwing 19 pitches over an inning and a third and striking out three Cyclone batters.
In the third inning Matt Borens took over on the mound and was solid for the Baby Bombers. Over six innings he allowed four runs, 2 earned, on six hits and struck out five batters. He was followed by Bret Marks who pitched a shutout inning of relief in his professional debut.
The Yankees hitters only managed five hits off of the Brooklyn pitching staff with two of those hits coming off of the bat of shortstop Thairo Estrada. Griffin Gordan, Eduardo de Oleo, and Zack Zehner had the other three hits.
Staten Island was held off the scoreboard until the six inning. Junior Valera started the inning off with a walk, moved to second on a ground out and scored on a double by Thairo Estrada. After a strike out and pitching change Eduardo de Oleo line a double to left field to plate Estrada.
The Baby Bombers added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Ryan Krill walked, moved to second on a balk. Zack Zehner walked before both runners moved up on a wild pitch. After a strikeout and pitching change Griffin Gordon would ground out to first to bring home Krill and move Zehner to third. Thairo Estrada then singled on a fly ball to left field to bring home Zehner plating the fourth Yankees run of the game.
Staten Island was unable to produce more runs and fell to Brooklyn. Tomorrow the team will travel to Connecticut to face off with the Connecticut Tigers in a three game. Left-handed pitcher Ethan Carnes will get the start for the Yankees.