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Cyclones topple hated Yanks in opening day win

Brooklyn Daily

Cyclones 2
Yankees 0

June 18 at MCU Park

The Cyclones snagged a 2–0 victory over the hated Staten Island Yankees on Monday’s Opening Day after receiving a gift from a Staten Island reliever who couldn’t find the plate.

After seven and a half scoreless innings at MCU Park, the Yankees brought in lefty reliever James Pazos, who systematically gutted any hope the team had of winning by pitching with all the accuracy of an overambitious thrower at a carnival game. Pazos loaded the bases on two walks and a squib single before tossing four straight balls, allowing Cyclones top prospect Brandon Nimmo to score. A Cole Frenzel fly-out drove in another Cyclones run before the Yanks escaped the inning.

The Clones hurlers were dominant on the mound with starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa throwing six shut-out innings and fanning four — while ceding only three hits. But it was reliever Darwin Frias who was credited with the opening day win after pitching two scoreless innings as the Staten Island Yankees dug their own grave. Sidearm slinger Tyler Vanderheiden closed the game with a lights-out ninth inning where three Yankees got up, and three Yankees sat down.

One game into the new season and the Cyclones are tied for first with the Hudson Valley Renegades — and, yes, they are undefeated.

The Cyclones are home again at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island, (718) 449-8497,] on Thursday, June 21 as they close out their four game series against the reviled Staten Island Yankees.

—with Noah Garabedian

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at

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