The Cyclones completed their 3-game series with the Tri-City ValleyCats today by taking the rubber game by a score of 10-1.
Tri-City scored their lone run in the Top of the 1st without a hit off All Star starter Marcos Molina. Jason Martin led off the game with a walk. Molina then struck out Mott Hyde. Martin stole 2nd, then went to 3rd on a fly out by Derek Fisher. A wild pitch by Molina sent Martin home, but Molina struck out Jamie Ritchie to end the inning.
The Cyclones struck back against ValleyCats starter Jeffrey Gause Bottom of the 1st. John Mora led off with a single then stole 2nd. Adrian Abreu walked. Michael Conforto singled to right, scoring Mora and moving Abreu to 2nd. Jhoan Urena grounded out, moving Abreu to 3rd & Conforto to 2nd. Tyler Moore singled to center, scoring Abreu & Conforto to make it 3-0.
That would be all for Gause as ValleyCats starter Ed Romero called on Zach Davis to pitch. Gause had pitched 1/3 of an inning, giving up 3 hits, 3 earned runs and a walk. Davis quickly got Out #2 by getting Pedro Perez to fly to center. A single by Michael Bernal made it 1st & 2nd, but Davis got Tucker Tharp to swing at air to end the inning.
The Cyclones made it a blowout in the Bottom of the 2nd. John Mora reached on a 1-out, infield single. Mora stole 2nd & would steal 3rd on a walk to Abreu. Conforto singled to right scoring Mora and moving Abreu to 3rd. Urena singled to right scoring Abreu and moving Conforto to 2nd. Moore walked to load the bases.
That would be all for Davis as Luis Ordosgoitti was called in to pitch. Perez hit a sac fly that score Conforto. Bernal tripled to right scoring Urena & Moore. The fans who were scoring the game avoided having to re-label their scorecards as Tharp flew out to end the inning, but 9 men had come to the plate for Brooklyn and they led 10-1. Davis had pitched an inning, giving up 4 hits, 2 walks and 5 earned runs.
The Cyclones added 2 for good measure in the Bottom of the 5th. Mora & Abreu led off with back-to-back singles. A passed ball sent them to 2nd & 3rd. Conforto grounded out, scoring Mora and moving Abreu to 3rd. A sac fly by Urena scored Abreu. Moore grounded out to end the inning, but the Cyclones were up 12-1.
Molina pitched spectacularly the rest of the way. His final line was 6.2 innings, 1 hit, 1 earned run, 5 walks and 8 strikeouts. Brandon Welch finished the 7th & pitched a scoreless 8th and Mike Hepple retired the side in the 9th.
With the win, the Cyclones are now 38-30. This win has ensured that the Cyclones will have a winning percentage of at least .500. They have gone .500 or better every year they have been in existence. The Cyclones also dropped the Magic Number to 7. The Cyclones play 2 games in Staten Island before returning home on Wednesday night.