The Cyclones inched a gamer closer to clinching the Wild Card last night, thanks to a combination of great pitching by Marcos Molina in addition to an amazing offensive performance by the team.
After 3 scoreless frames, Brooklyn got the ball rolling in the Top of the 4th. With Jerad Grundy on the hill for the Vermont Lake Monsters, Michael Conforto drew a leadoff walk. Jhoan Urena grounded into a fielder’s choice. Tomas Nido singled Urena to 3rd. Michael Bernal hit a single that sent Urena home and Nido to 2nd. A walk to Pedro Perez loaded the bases. However, Adrian Abreu flew out to right, and Nido was gunned down at home plate by RF Jose Chavez, leaving the Cyclones with a 1-0 lead.
Brooklyn blew the game open in the Top of the 6th off reliever Blake McMullen. Confrto led off with a single. After a strikeout to Urena, McMullen gave up a single to Nido that sent Conforto to 3rd. Tucker Tharp, who came in for Bernal in the bottom of the 5th, walked to load the bases. Perez singled to right, scoring Conforto & Nido. Tharp went to 3rd and an error sent Perez to 2nd. Abreu was called out on strikes. Anthony Chavez hit his 5th double of the season to score Tharp & Perez. A walk to John Mora led to Mike Fagan being called in to pitch. Fagan got Amed Rosario to ground out to end the inning. The damage was done, as the Cyclones were leading the Lake Monsters 5-0.
The Top of the 7th led to another Cyclones run. Fagan hit Conforto with a pitch to lead things off. Urena grounded out, moving Conforto to 2nd. A wild pitch send him to 3rd. A single by Nido scored Conforto. Fagan got out of the jam by getting Tharp to ground out and Perez to look at strike 3. The Cyclones added one more in the Top of the 9th, thanks to Jhoan Urena hitting his 5th homer of the season off new pitcher Fernand Cruzado to make it 7-0.
The Cyclones pitching was phenomenal. Marcos Molina threw 7 shutout innings giving up 1 hit while striking out 12. Luis Rengel struck out all 3 batters he faced in the 8th and Eddie Villasmil threw a scoreless 9th to give Brooklyn the win.