The Cyclones took the 1st game of their 3 game series with the Lowell Spinners by a score of 9-3 yesterday. The game was dampened as Michael Katz had to leave the game with a knee injury.
Brooklyn got the ball rolling in the Top of the 1st off Spinners starter Reed Reilly. Adrian Abreu led off the game with a single to right. Amed Rosario, who returned from his hip flexor strain, grounded into a fielder’s choice. Jhoan Urena grounded out, moving Rosario to 2nd. Michael Conforto hit his 5th double of the season to left that scored Rosario. Michael Katz struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Spinners retook the lead in the Bottom of the 2nd. With Marcos Molina on the hill for Brooklyn and one gone, Mike Meyers hit a single to center. During the next at bat, he swiped 2nd. Cisco Tellez drew a walk. Mauricio Dubon grounded into a force out, getting Tellez and 2nd & moving Meyers to 3rd. Jordan Procyshen singled to left scoring Meyers & moving Dubon to 2nd. Raymel Flores singled on a bunt, scoring Dubon, moving Procyshen to 3rd and Raymel Flores to 2nd. Bryan Hudson grounded out to end the inning, with the Spinners on top 2-1.
The Bottom of the 3rd did not start off well for Brooklyn. Danny Mars hit a ground ball to 2B Tyler Moore. Moore threw to 1st and Michael Katz dove to get it, but landed funny. Mars was safe and after a 10 minute delay, Katz was carted off the field. After the game, Cyclones broadcaster Stu Johnson tweeted that Katz was was on crutches with a knee injury. With Jeff Diehl still out with an injury, Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa sent Michael Bernal into the game to play right, and moved Will Fulmer from right field to 1st. After play resumed, a pass ball by Adrian Abreu allowed Mars to go to 2nd. Sam Travis singles to right, scoring Mars. After a walk to Jordan Betts walks, Molina got out of the inning by getting Meyers to fly out, Tellez to line out and Dubon to pop out.
Brooklyn rallied around the injured Katz. They got the 2-out magic rolling in the Top of the 4th. Bernal hit a 2-out single to left. Bernal stole 2nd the next at bat. Moore drew a walk. Fulmer continued to help the team with his timely hitting by lining a ball into left, scoring Bernal, moving Moore to 3rd and going to 2nd on the throw. A walk to Tomas Nido loaded the bases and knocked Reilly out of the game. Mario Alcantara came in and got Tucker Tharp to go down swinging to leave the bases loaded and keep the Spinners up 3-2.
Brooklyn would regain the lead in the Top of the 5th. Abreu led off with a walk and Amed Rosario followed with a single. Urena grounded into a fielder’s choice, making it 1st & 3rd. Conforto walked to load the bases. Bernal singled to left, scoring Abreu & Urena. With 1st & 2nd and 1 out, Moore popped one and was called out on the infield fly rule. Fulmer flew out to end the inning, but the Cyclones were up 4-3
The Cyclones continued their scoring in the Top of the 6th. With Chandler Shepherd replacing Alcantara, Nido led off with a double and Tharp singled him to 3rd. Abreu flew out to left, allowing Nido to score. Shepherd got out of the jam. Tharp was caught stealing and Rosario popped out to end the inning with the Cyclones up 5-3.
Brooklyn blew the game open for good in the Top of the 8th. Brandon Show came in to relive replaces Shepherd. With 1-out, Tharp & Abreu drew consecutive walks. Rosario singled to center, scoring Tharp and moving Abreu to 3rd. Show came out and Enfember Martinez came into pitch. Urena singled to right, scoring Abreu and moving Rosario to 2nd. Conforto went down swinging, but Bernal hit a double to left that scored Rosario & Urena. Anthony Chavez, who came in a defensive replacement, grounded out to Martinez, but the Cyclones were up 9-3.
Aside from the great offense, which produced 15 hits, the Cyclones pitching was good as well. Marcos Molina threw 6 innings, giving up 3 runs, 1 earned, making his ERA 1.30. Brad Weick threw 2 perfect innings and Paul Paez pitched a perfect 9th, including a game ending strikeout to Raymel Flores.
The Cyclones, who are on a 2-game winning streak, are now 21-22 on the season, 1 game behind Staten Island in the Wild Card chase. They are in a 4-way tie with Batavia, Connecticut and Williamsport for 2nd. They face off with the Spinners at 7pm tonight, then play a day game on Tuesday morning.
- Joe Tuschak (left hamstring strain) & Jeff Diehl (oblique strain) missed their 10th consecutive game due to injury.