The Brooklyn Cyclones took the rubber game of the series against the Lowell Spinners last night, thanks to some good offensive and bad moves by Lowell. The Staten Island Yankees were a big help this week as well.
Brooklyn got the ball rolling in the Bottom of the 1st off Spinners starter Jeffry Fernandez. John Mora was hit by a pitch. Amed Rosario grounded out, moving Mora to 2nd. Michael Conforto walked. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt made it 2nd & 3rd. Jhoan Urena walked to load the bases. The next play was very weird. Tomas Nido singled to right, scoring Mora & Conforto. RF Danny Mars got Nido trying to advance to 2nd and Urena was tagged out at home trying to score, ending the inning, but the Cyclones were up 2-0.
Lowell scored their lone run in the Top of the 5th off Cyclones starter Corey Oswalt. With 1 out, Alixon Suarez reached on an error and went to 2nd. Raymel Flores singled to left, moving Suarez to 3rd. Mauricio Dubon grounded into a 6-4 force out that scored Suarez. Oswalt got out of the inning when Dubon was caught trying to steal 2nd base.
Brooklyn scored using small-ball in the Bottom of the 5th. Adrian Abreu walks led off with a walk. He went to 2nd on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Tucker Tharp grounded out, moving Abreu to 3rd. A balk by Fernandez sent Abreu home to make it 3-1. Mora grounded out and that would be all for Fernandez, as Rob Smorol came in to pitch and got Rosario to whiff at air.
The Cyclones added 2 more in the Bottom of the 6th, thanks to a 2-run shot by Urena that scored Conforto and made it 5-1. Oswalt threw 6 innings, giving up 1 unearned run. Brad Wieck pitched a scoreless 2 innings and Gaither Bumgardner pitched a perfect 9th in a non-save situation.
With a this win, and the Staten Island Yankees sweeping the Connecticut Tigers, the Cyclones lead the NYPL Wild Card by 1 game. They head to Vermont for 3 games before the All Star Game.