The Brooklyn Cyclones finally snapped their 5 game losing streak this afternoon, thanks to great pitching from Carlos Valdez. The Cyclones were playing their 1st ever Sunday day game in front of a crowd of 4,154 on Jewish Heritage Day.
After 3 scoreless frames, Brooklyn finally got on the board in the Bottom of the 4th. With Matthew Grimes on the mound for Aberdeen, Tucker Tharp led off with a single to left. Amed Rosario then singled to center, moving Tharp to 3rd. Jhoan Urena then singled to left, scoring Tharp. Michael Katz kept the rally going by hitting a double down the left field line, scoring Rosario. Michael Bernal went down swinging. Jeff Diehl continued his helpful ways. While he grounded out to short, he did score Urena giving Brooklyn a 3-0 lead. Tyler Moore struck out to end the inning.
Brooklyn added more in the Bottom of the 6th. Urena continued his hot hitting with a lead off with a single to center (Urena is now hitting .338). Katz flew out to center, followed by a single by Bernal, moving Urena to 2nd. Diehl came through in the clutch, reaching on a bunt single. The ball was thrown by the catcher & hit off Diehl, scoring Urena and moving Bernal to 3rd. Moore singled to center, scoring Bernal and moving Diehl to 2nd. Adrian Abreu finally got a hit and loaded the bases. Joe Tuschak hit a 2 run single, scoring Diehl & Moore. Tharp grounded into a double play to end the inning, but the Cyclones had a commanding 7-0 lead.
Brooklyn’s pitching was lights out. Carlos Valdez gave up 2 hits and a walk while striking out 6 in his 5 innings of work. Gaither Bumgardner got his 2nd save of the season. Bumgardner threw 4 perfect innings, allowing no hits.
- The Cyclones struck out only 6 times today.
- The Cyclones held a moment of silence before the game for the recently murdered Israeli Teens: Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach.
- Dr. Robert Weiss performed the Israeli National Anthem & announced the Cyclones batters in the bottom of the 7th in Hebrew.
- Tyler Moore started at 2nd Base today, a change from Anthony Chavez, Dimas Ponce & Will Fulmer.