For the first time in four years, the Brooklyn Cyclones won their home opener against their borough rivals the Staten Island Yankees. Brooklyn took game one in the series to start their season on a strong suit with a 5-4 win.
A slow offensive start for the Cyclones and the Yankees didn’t last long when Joe Genord kicked the game into gear for Brooklyn with a two-out solo shot to left-center field. The first run came in the bottom of the fourth, followed by a double by Nic Gaddis to deep center.
Genord was the first player in the 2019 draft to hit a home run in that moment he said,”“I was thinking don’t strike out cause I had two strikes so I was thinking don’t strike out, be on time for the fastball, just see it out the hand and put a good swing on,”
Genord and Gaddis were both selected in the 2019 draft; Genord the 9 round pick out of the University of South Florida and Gaddis is the 16 round pick out of Jacksonville State- Alabama.
“I just tried to do the same thing that I’ve done to be successful my whole career. And I tried not to change nothing, just to be me, have fun, just play the game of baseball,” said Genord.
RHP Daison Acosta sailed through three innings before getting in trouble in the top of the fifth when Isaiah Pasteur hit a double and then advanced on a passed ball. Pasteur scored the run for Staten Island on a balk by Acosta. The righty pitched 4 ⅓ innings and allowed three hits, one run, and five strikeouts.
To break up the tie, the Cyclones began a two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth when OF Zach Ashford hit a double, followed by Genord drawing a walk. For his second hit of the night, Gaddis hit a double with Ashford scoring on the play.
To add some insurance runs, Medina ripped a double down the left field line driving in Genord and Gaddis, extending Brooklyn’s lead to 4-1.
Trouble started to set in for the Cyclones when Yeudy Colon loaded the bases in the top of the eighth after allowing a run to score. Brooklyn was able to shut down Staten Island’s offense after the Yankees rallied for two runs.
Brooklyn will continue their three-game series against Staten Island Saturday at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at 7 p.m.