There was a crowd of 5,558 at “Kramerica Industries Ballpark” today for Seinfeld Night II, as the Cyclones wore Breathtaking Jerseys, inspired by Kramer’s Technicolor Dreamcoat from “The Wig Master” episode. It was perfect weather as the Cyclones were looking not to repeat last season’s debacle.
Once again, the Cyclones got on the board in the Bottom of the 1st. With Mitch Gueller on the mound for the Crosscutters, Enmanuel Zabala and Vinny Siena hit back-to-back singles with 1 out. David Thompson struck out swinging, but Jeff Diehl was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Brandon Brosher, who homered on Saturday, blasted one off the MCU Park scoreboard for a grand slam to give the Cyclones an early 4-0 lead.
The Cutters did bounce back in the Top of the 2nd off Cyclones starter Jose Celas. William Cuicas reached on a ground rule double due to fan interference. After getting Grenny Cumana & Andrew Amaro out, Zack Coppola reached on a misplayed ball that allowed Cuicas to score. Celas got out of the inning when Coppola was caught stealing 2nd.
Williamsport loaded the bases in the Top of the 3rd, but didn’t score. The Top of the 4th brought better luck for the Cutters. Cumana was hit by a pitch. Andrew Amaro fouled out to left, and pinch hitter Mark Liard walked. Having thrown close to 90 pitches, Tom Gamboa pulled Celas for Kevin Canelon. Venn Biter reached on an infield single to load the bases. Jose Pujols grounds into a 5-4 force out that scored Cumana. Canelon got Brendon Hayden to fly out to end the inning.
The Bottom of the 6th saw Gueller replaced by Andrew Godail. Godail opened the inning with three straight walks to Diehl, Brosher and Pedro Perez. Jose Garcia was punched out by home plate umpire and former MCU Park cameraman Freddy DeJesus, by Branden Kaupe hit a sac fly to right to score Diehl. Tucker Tharp grounded out to end the inning with the Cyclones up 5-2.
The Bottom of the 7th saw another pitching change result in more walks. Lewis Alezones took the hill for Williamsport and gave up walks to Zabala & Siena, followed by a single by Thompson to load the bases. Diehl went down swinging, but Brosher hit a double to left that cleared the bases to make it 8-2. Brosher would set the Cyclones single game record for RBIs in a game with 7. A wild pitch sent Brosher to 3rd, which allowed him to trot home on a sac fly by Pedro Perez.
Canelon pitched 4.2 shutout innings with 3 hits and 6 strikeouts for his 1st win of the season. Ruben Reyes pitched a scoreless 9th to lead the Cyclones to their 11th win of the season. They remain 1.5 up on Staten Island.