It was a happy day for all at MCU Park, as the Brooklyn Cyclones completed their 3 game sweep of the Williamsport Crosscutters, and brought themselves to 1 game below .500 during this recent turnaround.
The Crosscutters struck the first blow in the top of the 1st. With Marcos Molina on the mound for the Cyclones, Drew Stankiewicz led off with a double to right. Jiandido Tromp bunted Stankiewicz to 3rd. Aaron Brown grounded out to 1st, allowing Stankiewicz to score. Matt Shortall singled & later stole 2nd. Wilmer Oberto singled to center, scoring Shortall. Cord Sandberg grounded out to end the inning.
The Brooklyn bats came alive in the bottom of the 3rd off Cutters pitcher David Whitehead. Tucker Tharp led off with a single to left. Anthony Chavez went down swinging. Chavez would go 0-for-4 on the day, dropping his average to an embarrassing .111. Adrian Abreu, who led off again, singled to left. Amed Rosario singled to center, scoring Tharp. Jhoan Urena grounded into his 2nd double play of the day, ending the inning.
The Cyclones would not let that inning ending double play put their bats to sleep. Michael Conforto led off the bottom of the 4th with his 1st professional double. He would advance to 3rd on a wild pitch. Michael Katz hit his 9th double of the year, scoring Conforto. Tyler Moore singled Katz to 3rd. Michael Bernal, who went hitless on the day, grounded into a force out that got Moore out at 2nd, but also allowed Katz to score. With the Cyclones up 3-2, Bernal attempted to steal 2nd, but was caught, and Tharp went down swinging to end the inning.
Brooklyn would built to their lead in the bottom of the 5th. Chavez continued to be a black hole at the plate, as he struck out swinging, leading many to wonder if he is worth the trouble. Abreu reach on an infield single. Rosario flew out, but Urena singled, making it 1st & 2nd with 2 outs. Conforto showed why he was such a coveted pick, as he singled to center, scoring Abreu. Urena & Confroto advanced a base on the throw. Katz hit the ball right past 3B Jan Hernandez, scoring Urena. With 1st & 3rd, Katz stole 2nd, but Moore lined out to end the inning.
For Brooklyn, the pitching was flawless after the 1st inning. Marcos Molina gave 4 more hits the rest of the way, as well as a walk while striking out 8 batters in his 7 innings pitched, bringing his ERA to 1.26. Kelly Secrest pitched a perfect 8th, which included 2 strikeouts. Shane Bay came in and closed it out in the 9th for his 6th Save of the season.
With the Staten Island Yankees winning this morning as well, the Cyclones were unable to pick up ground on Staten Island in their chase for the Wild Card and remain two games behind. The Cyclones take a 2 day road trip to Aberdeen to take on the Ironbirds before coming back to Coney Island to host the Vermont Lake Monsters on Thursday.