The Cyclones and ValleyCats faced off for the 1st of 3 games last night in Troy.
Brooklyn took an early lead in the Top of the 1st off Valley Cats starter Joe Musgrove. Adrian Abreu led off the game with a double to left. Amed Rosario grounded out, but didn’t move Abreu up. Michael Conforto singled to left, advancing Abreu to 3rd. Jhoan Urena singled center, scoring Abreu and sending Conforto to 2nd. Pedro Perez & Michael Bernal struck out swinging to end the inning.
Tri-City quickly tied it up in the Bottom of the 1st off Martires Arias. Alex Hernandez led off with a single to left. When he tried to steal 2nd, Abreu gunned him down. That hurt the ValleyCats, as Alfredo Gonzalez hits a ground-rule double to right. Gonzalez stole 3rd right before Jose Solano grounded out, which allowed him to trot home. Nick Tanielu doubled to center, but Arias struck out Terrell Joyce to end the inning.
The Cyclones scored again in the Top of the 2nd. Tucker Tharp & Anthony Chavez opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Alfredo bunted them to 2nd & 3rd. Abreu grounded out, but scored Tharp. Rosario doubled to right, scoring Chavez. The inning ended when Conforto grounded out.
Tri-City would tie it up in the Bottom of the 5th. Jason Martin hit a 1-out single to center. Martin stole 2nd and went to 3rd on a throwing error by Abreu. After striking out Hernandez, Arias gave up a triple to Gonzalez, scoring Martin. Solano singled to right, scoring Gonzalez. Tanielu walked and Solano went to 3rd. Arias struck out Joyce again to end the inning.
The game remained tied up at 3 going into the Bottom of the 9th off Edioglis Villasmil. Mott Hyde reached on an error by Urena. A wild pitch sent him to 2nd. A bunt single by Martin made it 1st & 3rd. To avoid a double play, Martin took 2nd on defensive indifference. Hernandez reached on an error by Michael Bernal, which allowed Hyde to cross home plate, giving Tri-City a 4-3 win in 9 innings.
The loss drops Brooklyn to 40-32 on the season. However, the Tigers lost, so the Magic Number is now down to 3!