Amateur night! Brooklyn Cyclones, Staten Island Yankees play sloppy game

By Clifford Davis

It is only the second game of the season, but last night at MCU Park the Cyclones and Yankees played an unmanageable 3 hour and 6 minute game. The game was filled with a combined 12 walks, two wild pitches, a balk, and six errors.

Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa chalked the game up as a “typical rookie league game.”

He could have been talking specifically about his right fielder Michael Bernal, who had a particularly rough time out in the field. He was charged with two errors and misplayed numerous other plays in right field.

“There’s no question he had a tough night,” Gamboa said after the game of his right fielder. “The guys are trying, they’re young and they’re going to make mistakes, hopefully tomorrow we can clean a lot of this stuff up.”

The entire game was sloppy for both teams. It could have been early season jitters for these players who are making the adjustments into the pro league. Starting pitcher Carlos Valdez didn’t get much help from his teammates but he also didn’t help himself. He walked six guys, through a wild pitch that led to a run and also committed a throwing error.

“Valdez had real good stuff,” said Gamboa. “They didn’t hit him, he was a victim of himself, (and) he walked six in the first couple innings that led to the runs.”

The loss for the Brooklyn Cyclones evened their record at 2-2, they play another game tonight at home before they hit the road for five days. The more accustomed they get to play these games, the easier it should be for them as a team to may more crisp games.

Gamboa said he reminded his guys that they will be playing 76 out of 80 days so they “can’t afford to get too up,” if the team wins five games in a row, he stressed that they remain even-keeled throughout because it is a long season.

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