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Yankees 7

Cyclones 12

Friday, July 22 at MCU Park

Don’t let the score fool you — this game was all Cyclones.

The Yankees got five of their runs as a result of a total fielding meltdown by the center of the Cyclones infield, which made three errors in the fifth, leading to the smear of unearned runs against starter and winner Mitchell Houck (4-0, 3.24 ERA).

And, yes, the Yankees got on the board first with a two-run homer in the second, but the Cyclones put up their own five spot in the bottom of the frame, thanks to a two-RBI single by J.B. Brown and a two-RBI bloop single by Cory Vaughn.

The Cyclones added three more in the fourth on Darrell Ceciliani’s RBI double and Jeff Flagg’s triple.

Rylan Sandoval hit his seventh homer of the year, a solo shot in the sixth.

And the Cyclones got two more runs in the eighth, on a Flagg SAC fly that knocked in Ceciliani, plus a Joe Bonfe double.

Ceciliani’s 2-for-5 night upped his batting average to .384 in his quest to be the first .400 hitter in the New York-Penn League since Jack Maloof did it in 1971.

The win increased the Cyclone lead to six games over the Yankees.

The next Cyclones home game is Sunday night at 5 pm against the Yankees at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 19th Street in Coney Island, (718) 449-8497]. For info, visit www.brooklyncyclones.com.

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