After returning from their final road trip of the season, the Staten Island Yankees (35-33) took down arch-rival the Brooklyn Cyclones (38-31) in 10 innings, 2-1.
Before the game began, Brooklyn third baseman Jhoan Urena was ejected by the home plate umpire for a "delay of game".
Brooklyn got on the board first in the third inning. Alfredo Reyes reached first base after laying down a bunt that got Tucker Tharp thrown out at second. Reyes then stole second base to put himself in scoring position for Michael Conforto who singled to right field, giving the Cyclones a 1-0 lead.
Staten Island answered in the bottom half of the inning. Jose Javier singled to left field then reached second on a Brooklyn error on a Connor Spencer infield grounder. With Ty McFarland at the plate, Brooklyn starter Alberto Baldonado threw a wild pitch that allowed Javier to score all the way from second, tying the game at 1-1.
Pitching for both sides held strong for the rest of the ball game. Staten Island starter Ty Hensley went three innings, striking out six. Andrew Chin followed up with three scoreless innings, striking out five, as well as Rony Bautista going two scoreless innings.
The score remained tied until the bottom of the tenth inning with two outs when Chris Breen hit his team-leading seventh home run of the season, giving the Baby Bombers a dramatic win to stay in the Wild Card hunt.
The two teams play in Staten Island again on Tuesday night for Italian Heritage Night at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, featuring spaghetti & meatballs, pizza and chicken/meatball parm heroes by Pier 76.
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