The Cyclones won an exciting one today in Batavia, thanks to a 9th inning rally to keep Brooklyn tied with Connecticut.
After 3.5 scoreless innings, Batavia finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 4th. With Alberto Baldonado on the hill for the Cyclones, Aaron Blanton hit a one out single to right. During the next at-bat, Blanton stole 2nd then went to 3rd on a throwing error by Tomas Nido. Kevin Grove reaches on Rosario’s 17th error of the season. A wild pitch sent Blanton in to score and Kevin Grove to 2nd. With the Muckdogs up 1-0 Christopher Hoo singled to center, scoring Grove. Wildert Pujols bunted his way to 1st. Baldonado got out of the jam by striking out Mason Davis and getting Javier Lopez to fly out left.
The Cyclones would once again strike back after being score upon. With Jacob Smigelski replacing starter Ben Holmes, Jeff Diehl led a single to left. Pedro Perez reached on an error by SS Javier Lopez, which sent Diehl to 3rd. Tyler Moore hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Diehl and moving Perez to 2nd. Smigelski got out of the jam by getting the next 2 men out.
Baldonado pitched well the rest of the way, including 7 strikeouts over 5 innings, and Josh Prevost threw 3 shutout innings while allowing only 3 men to reach base.
Brooklyn finally got the tying run in during the top of the 7th. With Smigelski still on the hill, Perez singled to left, followed by a walk to Moore. Tucker Tharp hit a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher, moving Moore & Perez up a base. Amed Rosario grounded out to short, but Perez score to tie it at 2 while Moore went to 3rd. That would be all for Smigelski as Alex Carreras came and quickly walked Michael Conforto, but got Jhoan Urena to ground out.
Muckdogs Manager Angel Espada called on James Buckelew to pitch the Top of the 9th. Buckelew immediately gave up 2 walks to Perez & Moore. As he did 2 innings earlier, Tharp bunted Perez and Moore up a base. Rosario hit a double to left to score Perez & Moore. Conforto drew his 2nd walk of the game. Urena singles to center to load the bases. Adrian Abreu hit a sacrifice fly that score Rosario and moved Conforto to 3rd. Hayden Fox came in to pitch and got Michael Bernal to line out.
With the Cyclones up 5-2, Manager Tom Gamboa sent in the better fielders and called on closer Shane Bay to get the save. After giving off a leadoff double to Hoo, Bay got Wildert Pujols to ground out, followed by 2 strikeouts to Davis and Lopez, giving Brooklyn their 30th win of the season.