qmeme_1405869875017_826The Cyclones finally snapped their 8 game losing streak by beating the Williamsport Crosscutters by a score of 8-4. It was also the debut of Michael Conforto, who wore #39 and served as the DH.

Williamsport got things going in the Top of the 6th off Cyclones starter Octavio Acosta. Robinson Torres reached an error, stole 2nd then went to 3rd on a passed ball. Chase Harris singled to center, allowing Torres to score. Harris tried to steal 2nd, but Abreu caught him. Cord Sandberg went down swinging, but Jiandido Tromp singled to left. Acosta got out of the inning when Abreu threw out Tromp who was trying to swipe 2nd.

The Brooklyn bats exploded in the Bottom of the 6th. With Alejandro Arteaga pitching for the Cutters, Michael Conforto led off with a single. Michael Katz singled him to 2nd. Tyler Moore hit a sacrifice bunt. Arteaga misplayed it giving the Cyclones bases loaded and no outs. Michael Bernal singled to left, scoring Conforto & Katz. Keive Rojas came in to relive Arteaga. Tucker Tharp hit a sacrifice bunt to make it 2nd & 3rd. To keep the rally going, Manager Tom Gamboa sent Tomas Nido to hit for the weak-hitting Dimas Ponce. Rojas threw a wild pitch, allowing Moore to score. Nido walked. Gamboa sent Anthony Chavez to run for Nido. With 2 on & 1 out, Adrian Abreu homered to left, giving Brooklyn a 6-1 lead, throwing the crowd of 7,174 into a frenzy. Amed Rosario & Jhoan Urena both got out to end the inning.

Brooklyn added more insurance runs in the Bottom of the 8th. With Scott Harris into pitch, Bernal led off with a walk and socred on Tharp’s single. Chavez provided nothing of use in his 1 at bat of the game, as he went down looking. Abreu singled, giving the Cyclones 1st & 3rd with 1 gone. Scott Harris tried a pickoff, which led to an error and Tharp to score, while moving Abreu to 2nd. Rosario singled to right, giving Brooklyn 1st & 3rd with 1 away again. However, Urena ended the rally by hitting into a 6-4-3 double play.

After 2 straight extra inning, high scoring games, the Cyclones bullpen was depleted. Octavio Acosta helped out tremendously by pitching 8 innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 unearned run, while striking out 7. He was replaced in the 9th by Luis Mateo. Mateo got Tromp to strike swinging. Aaron Brown singled to left and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. Derek Campbell singled to left, making it 1st & 3rd. Deivi Grullon went down swinging. Rhys Hoskins hit a 3-run shot off of Mateo, making the Cyclones fans worry that the losing might not be over. However, Mateo got Jan Hernandez to strike out swinging, ending the losing streak at 8. The Cyclones are now 16-19, 10 games behind Hudson Valley, but only 3 games behind the Batavia Muckdogs for the Wild Card.

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About Daniel S. Weiss

I have been an avid Cyclones fan since 2001. In December of 2013 I decided to launch my own blog "Brooklyn Baseball Banter" to cover the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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