The Cyclones offense was definitely alive tonight, as the team produced 14 runs on 14 hits, and Matthew Blackham pitched a gem of a game for Brooklyn tonight while another player set a franchise record.
The Cyclones got on the board in the Bottom of the 1st, thanks to a 2-run homer by Michael Bernal that scored Tucker Tharp off Tri-City Starter Harold Arauz.
The Bottom of the 3rd eliminated the thought of a save situation. Tharp & Vinny Siena hit back-to-back singles to make it 1st & 2nd. Michael Katz flew out to Center, but moved Tharp to 3rd. Bernal singled to center scoring Tharp and moving Siena to 2nd. Zach Mathieu lined out to left, but Jeff Diehl singled to left, scoring Siena and sending Bernal to 2nd. Jose Garcia doubled to right, scoring Bernal and Diehl, while knocking Arauz out of the game with the ValleyCats down 6-0. Zach Davis came in and got Branden Kaupe to go down swinging.
The Brooklyn were hot once again in the Bottom of the 4th. Will Fulmer & Tharp led off with back-to-back singles. A passed ball made it 2nd & 3rd. Siena walked to load the bases. Katz singled to right to score Fulmer, move Tharp to 3rd & Siena to 2nd. That would be it for Davis, as Austin Nicely was called in to pitch. Bernal hit a sacrifice fly that scored Tharp and sent Siena to 3rd. Mathieu popped out and Diehl looked at strike 3 to end the inning with the Cyclones up 8-0.
The Cyclones added another in the Bottom of the 6th of Nicely. Tharp singled again, and a passed ball on a Siena strikeout sent him to 2nd. Another passed ball sent Tharp to 3rd, and a Katz sac fly made it a 9-0 game.
With Juan Santos in to pitch the Bottom of the 7th PH Netanael Ramos reached on an error by 1B Dexture McCall. Walks to Kaupe & Fulmer loaded the bases, and a walk to Tharp made it a 10 run game. Tucker Tharp set a franchise record with 5 runs scored in a game. Siena doubled to right, scoring Kaupe & Fulmer and moving to 3rd. Pedro Perez, who came in for defense in the top of the inning, grounded out, scoring Tharp and sending Siena to 3rd. Enmanuel Zabala, who came in an inning earlier as a pinch-runner, grounded out, scoring Siena. Manuel Hilario hit for Mathieu and went down swinging, but the scoreboard read 14-0 Cyclones, making the crowd of 4,722 very happy.
Matthew Blackham pitched 7 scoreless innings, giving up 3 hits and a walk while punching out 7. Christian Montgomery and Corey Taylor each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
The Cyclones now improve to 3-1 and tied for 1st with the Hudson Valley Renegades. The Cyclones and ValleyCats face off tomorrow night for Game 2 of this 3 game set.