2001-09-15 / Sports

Brooklyn Cyclones Update by Elio Velez

Brooklyn Cyclones Update by Elio Velez

On Saturday, September 9th, the Brooklyn Cyclones beat the Staten Island Yankees by the score of 4-1 to win the NY Penn McNamara Division playoff series 2-1. The Cyclones will now head to the NY Penn League championship against Williamsport in a best of 3 series.

In the first game of the division playoffs, Staten Island won 6-1 at Staten Island. SI pitcher John Blankenship dominated the Cyclones as he pitched 8 innings, allowing 4 hits and no earned runs. Brooklyn pitcher Luz Portobanco, who was 3-0 vs. the Yankees, was knocked out after a 4 run outburst in the 7th inning to put the game away.

In the second game at Brooklyn’s Keyspan Park, Cyclones manager Edgar Alfonzo made the choice to start Michael Cox over Ross Peeples in the pivotal Game 2. It turned out to be the right choice as Brooklyn scored 8 runs after being down 3-0 to start the game. Harold Eckert finished off the game with 3 innings of no run ball to complete the save.

In the third game, Cyclones pitcher Ross Peeples nailed down the pennant for the Cyclones as he pitched a dominating performance. In the 4-1 victory in a jammed Keyspan Park, Peeples continued his mastery as he pitched 7 innings of 4-hit ball and allowing no runs. Angel Pagan hit an RBI single and Catcher Brett Kay hit a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 8th to seal the win.

Once Blake McGinley finished off the game with a save, the Cyclones and a sellout crowd of 7,909 celebrated the win. The scoreboard proclaimed the Cyclones "McNamara Division Champions". Players Luz Portobanco, Harold Eckert, David Bacani and Frank Corr started a line dance, which made the crowd wild.

Due to the bombings of New York and Washington, the series between Brooklyn and Williamsport, which was to have already begun this week, has been postponed. The series will resume at a date to be determined and people should call the Cyclones for the time and date of games to be played at Keyspan Park for those with tickets or purchasing tickets.


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