The Cyclones offense exploded in the Bottom of the 2nd of Doubledays starter James Bourque. Tyler Moore led off with a walk. With Will Fulmer up, a wild pitch send Moore to 2nd. Fulmer was hit by a pitch. Joe Tuschak hit a double to center to score Moore & moved Fulmer to 3rd. Anthony Chavez hit a singled to SS Osvaldo Abreu who couldn’t make the play. Fulmer scored & Tuschak went to 3rd. This was Chavez 7th hit of the season, bringing his average to an embarrassing .137. Adrian Abreu reached on an error, which allowed Tuschak to score & moved Chavez to 2nd. Amed Rosario grounded into a force out which nailed Abreu at 2nd. Chavez went to 3rd & Rosario landed on 1st. Jhoan Urena popped out to 2nd.
With Michael Conforto up, the Cyclones executed a great double steal, something Gamboa has done multiple times this season. Gamboa sent Rosario to 2nd, which allowed Chavez to steal home. Conforto hit a single to score Rosario & make it 5-0. Michael Bernal singled to right, moving Conforto to 3rd. With Tyler Moore up for the 2nd time in the inning, a balk was called on Bourque, allowing Conforto to score and Bernal to go to 2nd. Moore then doubled to score Bernal. That finally knocked Bourque out of the game and he was replaced by Connor Bach. Bach got Fulmer went down looking to end the inning. The Cyclones were up 7-0, having sent 11 men to the plate in the inning.
Cyclones starter Scarlyn Reyes had a 7-run lead to work with in the Top of the 3rd. After getting Cody Gunter to ground out, he gave up a single to Matt Page. A passed ball send Page to 2nd before Osvaldo Abreu was walked. A walk to Cutter Dykstra, son of former Met Lenny Dykstra, loaded the bases. Brian Langlois singled to right, scoring Page, moving Abreu to 3rd & Dykstra to 2nd. Jose Marmolejos popped into a force out. SS Amed Rosario threw to C Adrian Abreu who threw to 3B to nail Dykstra. Osvaldo Abreu scored on the play. A throwing errir on a pickoff attempt by Adrian Abreu made it 2nd & 3rd. Reyes got out of the game by getting Raudy Read to whiff at air to keep the score 7-2.
Brooklyn added another in the Bottom of the 4th. Urena reached on an infield single. On a passed ball, Urena went to 2nd. Conforto was hit by a pitch. (The Doubledays hit 3 men last night). A wild pitch made it 2nd & 3rd. Bernal went down swinging & Moore reaches on a fielder’s choice out which nailed Urena at home. Fulmer singled to left to score Conforto and move Moore to 2nd. A walk to Tuschak loaded the bases, but they would be left full as Chavez struck out swinging to kill the rally.
Auburn added another 2 in the Top of the 5th. With Mike Hepple on the mound, Dykstra reached on a single before Langlois & Marmolejos both struck out. Read doubled to center to score Dykstra. Austin Davidson singled to center to score Read. Dale Carey drew a walk which ended the night for Hepple. Paul Paez came in to pitch. An error by Fulmer loaded the bases, but Paez got Page to look at strike 3 to end the inning.
Brooklyn got one more across in the Bottom of the 7th. Tyler Mapes came into pitch. Abreu hit a 1-out single. Rosario struck out. Urena reached on an error. Conforto singled to left, scoring Abreu, but Urena was thrown out at 3rd to make it 9-4.
Cameron Griffin pitched a perfect 9th, which included a strikeout to Brian Langlois to end the game.
The Cyclones have really come together to improve to 24-22. Connecticut (23-22) vs Williamsport (22-23) was rained out last night. Batavia fell to Vermont 6-5. Staten Island beat Lowell 5-4, but were unable to gain any ground. The Cyclones lead the Wild Card chase by half a game.
- Will Fulmer played 1B
- Joe Tuschak made his 1st start in 12 days
- Mookie Wilson was in the Cyclones dugout as a rover last night wearing #45.