By Jerry Del Priore
All you want from your starting pitcher is to keep your team in the game. That’s exactly what Cyclones hurler Nicolas Debora did against the Staten island Yankees (40-23) Saturday night.
The 23-year-old righty allowed just two unearned runs over six innings as both clubs kept pace with each other for most of the contest.
The scored stayed tied until catcher Scott Manea used the force to send first baseman Jeremy Vasquez home with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to end Brooklyn’s 14-game losing streak at 3-2 on Star Wars night at MCU Park.
Debora struck out four and dropped his ERA to an impressive 2.20, though he is 0-4 this season.
The Cyclones (16-47) scored two quick runs in the bottom of the first frame. Staten Island starter Daniel Alvarez unleashed a wild pitch that permitted infielder Walter Rasquin to cross the plate and Jose Maria added an RBI base hit to give the Cyclones a 2-0 lead.
However, a fielding miscue by Rasquin led to a two-run double from catcher Keith Skiner that knotted the contest at 2-2 in the top of the third.
The game would stay that way until Vasquez’s ninth inning heroics sent the joyous crowd home with a long-awaited victory.