qmeme_1436278991327_248The Cyclones completed a 3-game sweep over the Williamsport Crosscutters last night at MCU Park, thanks to some bad fielding by the Crosscutters infield.

With a reported crowd of 4,562 on hand, the game moved fast and was a great pitching duel. Tyler Badamo was lights out for Brooklyn, while Tyler Gilbert threw 3 shutout innings before turning it over to Luke Leftwich.

Tyler Badamo 3The Cyclones finally scored in the Bottom of the 6th. Alfredo Reyes, who switched his jersey number from 2 to 8, which he wore last year, singled off Leftwich. Reyes than stole 2nd. Tucker Tharp hit the ball to 3B Jan Hernandez, who threw it so off line, it landed in the Cyclones dugout, sending Tharp to 2nd and allowing Reyes to score. Enmanuel Zabala grounded out, moving Tharp to 3rd. With Vinny Siena up, a suicide squeeze backfired and Tharp was caught trying to steal home. Siena singled to center, but David Thompson grounded out to end the inning.

Tucker Tharp 2Williamsport bounced back in the Top of the 7th. Josh Tobias hit a 1-out triple to center. Jesus Posso reached on an error by Reyes. Austin Bossart hit a sac fly to left to score Tobias. Badamo got out of the jam when Posso was caught stealing.

Badamo finished with 7 innings pitched, 1 unearned run, 4 hits, a walk and 6 strikeouts. Corey Taylor and Alex Palsha each pitched a shutout inning.

Williamsport made it interesting in the Top of the 10th. With Christian Montgomery in for Alex Palsha, Posso hit a 1-out single and was removed for PR William Cuicas. Bossart popped one up a mile high, but Alfredo Reyes dropped it and misplayed it, sending Cuicas to 2nd. Montgomery got Dylan Bosheers & Mark Laird to strike out swinging to end the inning.

The Cyclones would finally end it in the Bottom of the 10th. Michael Bernal, who had been battling a quad injury, was sent up to hit for Oswald Caraballo. Bernal drew a walk and Jeff Diehl was sent in to run. SWEEPAlfredo Reyes made up for his misplay by laying down the perfect sacrifice bunt to move Diehl to 2nd.

Tucker Tharp hit the ball back top pitcher Anthony Sequeira who tried to get Diehl at 3rd, but the bad throw missed the 3B and allowed Diehl to score the winning run. After 2:32, the Cyclones had a 2-1 win in 10 innings and a sweep of the NYPL’s hottest team.

ls BOX SCORE & PLAY BY PLAY

The Cyclones improve to 12-5 on the season. With the Staten Island Yankees losing last night, the Cyclones now lead the McNamara Division by 2.5 games. The Cyclones will enjoy an off day before heading to Hudson Valley on Wednesday.

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About Daniel S. Weiss

I have been an avid Cyclones fan since 2001. In December of 2013 I decided to launch my own blog "Brooklyn Baseball Banter" to cover the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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