It was a battle of the Corey’s at MCU Park this evening, as Brooklyn’s Corey Oswalt faced off against Vermont’s Corey Miller. The Cyclones and Lake Monsters had split the 1st two games of the series.
The Cyclones offense jumped out to an early lead in the Bottom of the 2nd. Tyler Moore led off with a single. Tucker Tharp got hit by pitch, moving Moore to 2nd. Dimas Ponce popped out and was called out on the infield fly rule. Anthony Chavez walked to load the bases. Adrian Abreu grounded the ball the 3B Jose Brizuela, who threw to C Seong-min Kim to force out Moore. Will Fulmer, who started in right in place of an injured Michael Bernal, singled into the deep part of the infield to the shortstop, Yairo Munoz, scoring Tucker Tharp. Anthony Chavez raced home and the throw from Munoz was not in time. The catcher Seong-min Kim threw to Brizuela, who tagged Abreu out at 3rd to end the inning, but Brooklyn held an early 2-0 lead.
Vermont added one in the Top of the 3rd, thanks to Brett Vertigan and J. P. Sportman leading off the inning with back to back doubles. Oswalt managed to get out of the inning with Sportman getting as far as 3rd.
Brooklyn put the lead back up to 2 in the Bottom of the 3rd, thanks to a 1-out singled by Michael Conforto, who scored 2 batters later, when Tyler Moore doubled to right. That knocked Corey Miller out of the game.
The Lake Monsters would cut the lead to one in the Top of the 5th. J. P. Sportman hit his 2nd double of the season, stole 3rd then scored on a sacrifice fly by Rairo Munoz.
For the Cyclones, Oswalt pitched 6 innings to earn the win. Kelly Secrest pitched 2 shutout innings to get a hold and Shane Bay got his 7th save of the season, which included striking out the last batter of the game, to send the crowd of 6,264 home happy. The Cyclones won their series vs the Lake Monsters 2-1. They are now 20-22 on the season and 1 game out of the Wild Card.
- Joe Tuschak (left hamstring strain), Jeff Diehl (oblique strain) & Amed Rosario (hip flexor strain), all missed the game due to injury.
- Michael Bernal did not start, but came in to the game in the 8th as a defensive replacement for Will Fulmer. No word on why he didn’t start.
- Dimas Ponce went 0-for-3 on the night to drop his average to an abysmal .098. Anthony Chavez went 0-for-2 to drop his average to .100, but drew a walk.
- Tyler Moore went 3-for-3 on the night, getting his average up to .209.
- The Cyclones struck out 8 times tonight. They lead the NY – Penn League with 374 on the season, an average of about 9 per game.