I never got around to posting any photos from Friday’s Brooklyn Cyclones game. (The Cyclones lost to the Staten Island Yankees 4-2)
It rained all day, and I didn’t really expect they’d be able to get it in. But since I was going for the cool Dillon Gee bobblehead giveaway as much as the game (and since I’d already requested the afternoon off from work), I took the train into New York and the subway out to Coney Island anyway.
By the time I got there, the rain had tapered off into an annoying drizzle. The gates opened on time (perhaps even a few minutes early) and it had all but stopped by then. The tarp was still on the field, but several players from both teams were out there doing their pre-game workouts. The staff soon dragged it off into the outfield and began the process of folding it, but left it there until just before gametime. (They even briefly re-covered the field, but no additional rain came.)
As I wandered around the ballpark, I was greeted by an unusual sight: several Staten Island Yankees players, in full or partial uniform, were up at the third base concessions stand buying dinner. Even at the independent league level, I don’t remember ever seeing that before.
It was FDNY Night, so the Cyclones were wearing special jerseys that were raffled off after the game. It’s cool that they have so many “jersey” promotions, but I have to admit that I don’t have a good idea about what their “regular” jersey looks like.
Luis Mateo started the game for Brooklyn and gave up four runs on five hits and three walks over six innings pitched. Staten Island first baseman Matt Snyder was their star of the game, with two hits (including a double), two RBI and a run scored. Jamiel Orozco added a home run for the baby Yankees.
On the Cyclones side of the ledger, it wasn’t a very productive night. The team left 10 men on base and was 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Brandon Nimmo, last year’s first-round draft pick and one of the few names in the lineup that I recognized, went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. Brooklyn’s star of the game was really reliever Beck Wheeler, who struck out four of the six batters he faced over two innings.
There were postgame fireworks, but I didn’t stick around to watch them since the game didn’t finish until almost 10 p.m.
The official attendance count was 8,177, and I think most of the people who bought tickets made it for at least part of the game. As you might expect due to the weather, the crowd was a late-arriving one. My section didn’t really start to fill in until almost 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., an awful lot of the late arrivals decided they’d had enough baseball and called it a night. I couldn’t quite figure that one out.
Here are some photos from the game: