Last night, the Brooklyn Cyclones played their season opener — and what an opener it was. Playing against the Staten Island Yankees at MCU Park, they defeated their rivals 2-0. Both of the starting pitchers managed six innings, with neither allowing for a single run. Taylor Morton, who started for Staten Island, allowed for four hits, one walk and two strikeouts, while Brooklyn’s Gabriel Ynoa allowed for three hits, no walks and four strikeouts.
Darwin Frias can take credit for the win, pitching 2.0 innings with only one hit, one walk and two strikeouts. Ending the game, Tyler Vanderheiden pitched a perfect ninth and was able to strike out center fielder Ravel Santana and first baseman Matt Snyder.
The entire evening was a huge success as the season opener, as the Brooklyn Baseball Gallery now features skee ball and alcohol. They have created an opportunity for people to meet the players from 6-6:30 pm during every game and they have a new radio station at 89.5 FM WSOU broadcasting all of the games. Getting into the social media groove, they also have a social media scoreboard that shows the tweets about the game throughout the night.
The Cyclones will now go to Staten Island to take on the Yankees tonight. They’ll be back home on Thursday, June 21 to take on the Yankees on home turf.
As the New York Tourist website pointed out,
“If you’re a baseball fan, but you don’t want to spend half your vacation money on New York Mets or New York Yankee tickets, don’t despair of seeing a baseball game in New York City: just go to a Brooklyn Cyclones game! The Brooklyn Cyclones are a minor-league baseball team based out of Brooklyn’s MCU Park at the Coney Island boardwalk. Originally founded in Toronto, where they were known as the St. Catharines, the Brooklyn Cyclones (along with their principal rivals, the Staten Island Yankees) were brought to New York in 1999 by then-mayor Rudy Giuliani.” New York Tourist Website observation about the Brooklyn Cyclones.