The Cyclones finished their 3 game series with the Connecticut Tigers last night at MCU Park.
Brooklyn got on the scoreboard in the Bottom of the 1st off Tigers starter Chase Edwards. John Mora led off with a double to left. Amed Rosario reached on an error that scored Mora. Michael Conforto singled to right, scoring Rosario. Jhoan Urena grounded out & moved Conforto to 2nd. Tyler Moore flew out. Michael Bernal singled to right, scoring Conforto. Bernal went to 2nd on the throw. Bernal then stole 3rd, but he would be stranded there as Tomas Nido grounded out to end the inning with the Cyclones up 3-0.
With Casey Meisner on the mound for Brooklyn, Connecticut struck back in the Top of the 2nd. Joey Pankake singled to left. Pankake stole 3rd a few batters later. After getting Steven Fuentes & Ben Verlander to go down swinging, a series of misplays allowed Franklin Navarro to advance to 1st on Strike 3 and allowed Pankake to score. Meisner got out of the inning by getting Will Maddox to look at Strike 3.
Connecticut added more in the Top of the 4th. Pankake led off with a double to left. Fuentes bunted him to 3rd. Pankake scored on a groundout by Verlander to make it 3-2. Navarro flew out to end the inning.
Brooklyn widened the lead in the Bottom of the 7th off Tigers reliever Josh Laxer. Adrian Abreu hit a 1-out double to right. Jeff Diehl hit for Will Fulmer. While at bat, a balk sent Abreu to 3rd. Diehl singled to left, scoring Abreu to make it 4-2. Laxer got out of the inning by getting Mora to pop out to short & Rosario to fly out to right.
The Tigers got 1 more in the Top of the 8th off Carlos Valdez. With 1-out, Brett Pirtle reached on an error. Ross Kivett grounds into a 4-6 force out. Michael Gerber walked. Joseph Pankake, who ended up 4-for-4 on the night, singled to right, scoring Kivett & moving Gerber to 3rd. Bay came in to pitch and got Fuentes to go down looking. Bay pitched a scoreless 9th to give Brooklyn a 4-3 win.
While the Cyclones are tied with the Tigers for the Wild Card lead with a record of 27-24, the Tigers hold the tiebreaker over the Cyclones 4-2.