In front of 8,175 screaming fans the Staten Island Yankees and the Brooklyn Cyclones opened up the 2014 NY-Penn League season at MCU Park in Brooklyn. Unfortunately Yankees fell to the host Cyclones 8-2 bringing their opening day record to 2-14 in team history.
The big right-hander David Palladino got the start for Staten Island. Palladino threw just three and a third innings allowing six earned runs on six hits and five walks. He was followed by his fellow New Jersey native Conor Mullee who struck out three batters over his perfect inning and two-thirds of work.
In the top of the fifth inning the Yankees would score their first run of the ballpark. With one out Daniel Lopez worked a walk then after Radley Haddad struck out Jose Javier lined a single to center. Thairo Estrada worked a walk to load the bases to bring up right fielder Austin Aune. Aune was then hit by the pitch to earn the first Staten Island RBI of the season.
Andury Acevedo had a perfect sixth inning for the Baby Bombers before Francis Joseph made his New York City debut. Joseph struggled allowing two runs on four walks and three hits in an inning and a third. He was followed by right-hander Elvin Perez in the eighth inning who threw two-thirds of an inning without allowing a hit or walk.
In the top of the ninth inning the Yankees would plate one more run. Radley Haddad started it off with a double to center, then Jose Javier reached via a fielding error. Haddad moved to third on a double-play hit into by Radley Hadded and then scored when Renzo Martini lined a single to left.
The Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones will meet again tomorrow for a single-admission double-header at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark. It is a team scarf give away and World Cup night. Megan’s’ Lemonade will be on hand to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior project. Sam Agnew-Wieland will get the start in the first game while Jordan Cote will start the second game for the Yankees.