Less than 24 hours after beating the Staten Island Yankees 4-3, the Cyclones continued their tailspin from 1st place, as they fell by the same score to the Vermont Lake Monster.
With a good crowd on hand for Honeymooners night, as well as Princess & Pirate Night, The Lake Monsters finally got on the scoreboard in the Top of the 3rd off Cyclones starter Tyler Badamo. Jesus Lopez, Steven Pallares and Richie Martin all hit singles with 2 outs to load the bases. Mikey White doubled to clear the bases to make it 3-0 Vermont. Badamo got Chris Iriart to ground out to end the inning.
The Cyclones did get a run in the Bottom of the 3rd off Vermont starter Jonathan Massad. Alfredo Reyes led off with a double and went to 3rd on an error before being singled in a batter later by Enmanuel Zabala.
Badamo ran into trouble in the Top of the 6th. Iriart reached on a throwing error by 3B David Thompson. Badamo got Seth Brown to line out, but he walked Skye Bolt, which led to Tom Gamboa calling in Ruben Reyes to pitch.
Nick Collins singled to center, scoring Iriart, moving Bolt to 3rd & a throwing error by Zabala sent Collins to 2nd. Reyes settled down and got Trace Loehr to strike out swinging & Lopez to ground out.
The Cyclones got a rally going in the Bottom of the 6th. With Corey Miller on the hill for Vermont, Michael Bernal led off with a single. Thompson flew out, but Brandon Brosher was hit by pitch and moved Bernal to 2nd. Jeff Diehl singled to load the bases. Newly joined Cyclones Hengelbert Rojas singled to right, scoring only Bernal. With the bases still loaded, Pedro Perez hit a screaming line drive right to SS Richie Martin who doubled Diehl off 2nd to keep the score at 4-2.
Johnny Magliozzi threw 2 perfect innings in his 2015 Brooklyn Cyclones debut.
Brooklyn did inch closer in the Bottom of the 8th, as Bernal led off the inning with his 6th double of the season. Thompson grounded out, moving Bernal to 3rd. With Brosher batting, Miller threw a wild pitch that allowed Bernal to score. Brosher flew out, but Diehl singled, which caused Vermont Manager Aaron Nieckula to call in James Naile to pitch. Rojas singled to make it 1st & 3rd, and was immediately pulled for the speedy Tucker Tharp. However, Gamboa elected to let Perez bat and he killed yet another rally when he went down swinging.
Carlos Valdez was lights out in the 9th, but the Cyclones offense continued to struggle, as they sent the crowd of 6,777 home upset.
The Cyclones have now lost 4 straight at home and 5 of their last 6. They face off against the Lake Monsters this evening at 5pm. RHP Gaby Almonte (2-2, 3.07) will take the hill for Brooklyn as RHP Heath Bowers (1-0, 2.70) takes the hill for Vermont.
There is plenty going on at MCU Park today, all of which is available HERE. The gates of MCU Park will open at 3:15 for STHs and 3:30 for everyone else.