The Cyclones completed their two game sweep of the Ironbirds this evening.
Brooklyn got on the board early tonight. In the Bottom of the 1st, Tucker Tharp led off with a single. Amed Rosario grounded into a fielder’s choice for the 1st out. Jhoan Urena hit his 2nd double of the year to give Brooklyn 2nd & 3rd. Michael Katz singled to right to score Rosario and give Brooklyn an early 1-0 lead. Ironbirds starter Stephen Tarpley managed to get out on the inning by picking Katz off of 1st & getting Michael Bernal to go down looking.
Aberdeen struck back in the Top of the 2nd. Hector Veloz blasted one out to left to tie the game up.
The Cyclones managed to tack another one on in the Bottom of the 3rd. Rosario got a 1 out single, but was forced out at 2nd when Urena hit into a fielder’s choice. Urena would steal 2nd to remove the chance of a double play. Katz hit the ball back to Tarpley, who overthrew to 1st, allowing Urena to score and Katz to move to 2nd. This would be the 1st of 5 Aberdeen errors on the night. Bernal grounded out to end the inning, but the Cyclones led 2-1.
The score would stay that way till the Top of the 6th, when Jamill Moquete hit a blast to the right field bleachers to tie the game 2-2.
Bottom of the 7th would bring nothing but misfortune to the Ironbirds, who have now fallen to 1-13 on the season. Tarpley was removed for Brady Adamek. Tharp would double down the left field line, his 2nd of the season. Rosario reached on an error by 2B Steve Wilkerson, which caromed off the dugout and allowed Rosario to go to 2nd & moved Tharp to 3rd. Urena grounded the ball to Wilkerson, who handled it cleanly, getting Urena out at 1st, but allowing Tharp to score Brooklyn’s 3rd run of the night and Rosario to move to 3rd. Katz hit the ball to SS Federico Castagnini, who gunned down Rosario at home. With Katz on 1st, Bernal was hit by a pitch, giving Brooklyn 1st & 2nd with 2 outs.
Ironbirds Manager Matt Merullo had seen enough and pulled Adamek for Garrett Cortright. Cortright didn’t fare much better, as he quickly gave up a single to Tomas Nido, allowing Katz to score and Bernal to move to 2nd. Jeff Diehl hit the ball to 3B Hector Veloz who made a throwing error, allowing Bernal to score. With 1st & 2nd and 2 outs, Nido stole 3rd, but Adrian Abreu went down looking to end the 7th with Brooklyn up 5-2.
Brooklyn would get 1 more across in the Bottom of the 8th, thanks to a leadoff double by Dimas Ponce, which was follow by Tharp moving him to 3rd on a groundout. Rosario hit the ball to Castagnini, who made Aberdeen’s 5th fielding error, allowing Ponce to score Brooklyn’s 6th run of the night. Cortright got Urena & Katz to both ground out to end the inning.
Brad Wieck came in to close it out. After a lead-off walk to Hector Veloz, Wieck got Tanner Murphy & Federico Castagnini to both go down looking. Tad Gold grounds out to 3rd & Brooklyn had won their 2nd in a row, giving them an NYPL Best 10-4 record and a game lead over the Hudson Valley Renegades. The Cyclones will face their Verrazano rival Staten Island Yankees this weekend.