The Cyclones took the series from the Auburn Doubledays 2 games to 1, thanks to some late inning heroics by newcomer John Mora and fan favorite Amed Rosario.
Auburn struck first in the Top of the 1st. With Corey Oswalt making the start for Brooklyn, Cutter Dykstra led off the game with a double. Jose Marmolejos-Diaz went down swinging. Dykstra stole 3rd, which allowed him to score on a ground out by Raudy Read. Brian Langlois followed with a single to right. Oswalt got out of the inning by getting Jeff Gardner to swing at air.
Brooklyn erased the deficit in the Bottom of the 1st. Rosario got hit by pitch with 1 out & would go to 2nd on a steal. Michael Conforto lined out to 3rd. Jhoan Urena singles to center, scoring Rosario & went to 2nd on the throw. Tyler Moore lined out to end the inning.
Auburn retook the lead in the Top of the 4th. Dale Carey was hit by a pitch. Cody Gunter singled to right, moving Carey to 2nd. Garrett Gordon & Chris Riopedre both went down swinging. Cutter Dykstra singled to center, scoring Carey. Cody Gunter went to 3rd, on an error. Jose Marmolejos-Diaz grounded out to end the inning.
Brooklyn tied it up in the Bottom of the 8th. With Mario Sanchez on the mound for Auburn, John Mora, who made his Brooklyn debut, drew a walk. Rosario grounded out, moving Mora to 3rd. A passed ball sent Mora to 3rd. Conforto drew a walk. Urena hit a sac fly to center to score Mora. Moore hit a singles that hit Conforto, leading to out #3.
Auburn quickly quieted the fans in the top of the 9th, thanks to a homer by Bryan Mejia into the bleachers off Luis Rengel.
The crowd of 6,159 at MCU Park who came for Gil Hodges bobbleheads were on their feet was hoping to see a comeback. Tucker Tharp led off the Bottom of the 9th with a walk that knocked Sanchez out of the game. David Ramos came in to pitch & got Adrian Abreu to ground out, but Tharp went to 2nd. Will Fulmer drew a walk to make it 1st & 2nd. Tomas Nido pinch-hit for the slumping Anthony Chavez. Nido drew a walk to load the bases & Dimas Ponce was sent in to run for him. John Mora hit a sac fly to right. Tharp raced home & the throw was not caught properly by the Auburn catcher, allowing Tharp to score & tying the game at 3. With runners on 2nd & 3rd and the crowd going crazy, Rosario blooped a single to left, allowing Fulmer to score the winning run, giving Brooklyn a 4-3 walkoff victory.
The Cyclones improved to 25-23 on the season. They remain 1 game behind the Connecticut Tigers for the Wild Card. The Tigers are coming to Coney Island tomorrow to start a 3 game set. To see what is happening at MCU Park, CLICK HERE.