15 years to the day after bringing professional baseball back to the borough of Brooklyn, the Cyclones had a crowd of 6,774 on hand for their 1st Jersday Thursday of the season and the 1st game of a 3 game set with the Connecticut Tigers. However, some bad choices on the base paths and bad fielding costs the Cyclones the game.
Tyler Badamo was on the hill for the Cyclones and was lights out from the start. The game remained that way until the Bottom of the 3rd. Branden Kaupe, who was hitless entering the game, decided to bat righty vs the righty throwing starter Spenser Watkins. That was a big help, as Kaupe tripled to deep center for his 1st hit of the season. Will Fulmer hit a sac fly to center and the score was 1-0 when Kaupe scored.
The lead was shot lived, as Jose Zambrano & Brett Pirtle led off the Top of the 4th with back-to-back singles. Will Allen popped out on the infield fly rule. Corey Baptist grounded into what should have been an inning ending double play. However, a weak throw from Vinny Siena, allowed Baptist to reach 1st and when Zach Mathieu tried to get Zambrano, who was running hard to begin with, out at home, but overthrew, the game was tied at 1-1.
The Tigers would add another in the Top of the 6th Pirtle led off with a double, went to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Allen to make it 2-1.
The Cyclones threatened in the Bottom of the 7th off reliever Nate Fury. Enmanuel Zabala drew a 1-out walk & went to 2nd on a single by Jose Garcia. Garcia was pulled for pinch-runner Pedro Perez and David Thompson, the Mets 4th rounder, was called in to hit for Kaupe. Thompson didn’t make a splash in his debut, as he hit into an inning ending double play.
The Cyclones had one last chance in the Bottom of the 9th. With Jack Fischer in to close, Michael Bernal reached 1st on an error by the catcher who dropped strike 3. Zach Mathieu grounded out to third, and Michael Bernal, who tried to move to 3rd, was caught and the team went from a runner on 2nd with 1 out to no runners on with 2 outs. Jeff Diehl grounded out to drop the Cyclones to 4-3 on the season, tied with Hudson Valley and Staten Island.
The Cyclones host game 5 of their 6 game homestand tonight with post game fireworks. 1st pitch is a 7pm and the gates of MCU Park open at 5:30, 5:15 for season ticket holders.
Former Brooklyn Cyclones cameraman Freddy DeJesus filled in as 1B umpire last night. He has filled in before, even mid-game.