qmeme_1437436362251_511The Cyclones continued their hot hitting, thanks to some late inning heroics from Brandon Brosher and Jeff Diehl.

The scorching camp day game was scoreless through 4.5 innings, as Cyclones starter Andrew Church was lights out through his 1st 5 innings of work. Lake Monsters starter Kevin Duchene threw 3 scoreless innings before turning it over to Derek De Young.

Andrew Church

Andrew Church

The Cyclones finally got a run on the scoreboard in the Bottom of the 5th. Pedro Perez drew a 1-out walk and went to 2nd on a single by Oswald Caraballo. Branden Kaupe, who was back in Brooklyn after a trip to Binghamton, grounded into a force out, moving Perez to 3rd, and getting Caraballo at 2nd. Vinny Siena hit a single to center, scoring Perez and moving Kaupe to 2nd. A wild pitch from De Young made it 2nd & 3rd and a walk to Michael Bernal loaded the bases. With the campers all excited, Jeff Diehl went down swinging.

Church took the mound in the Top of the 6th with a 1-0 lead, but ran into trouble quickly, as he gave up a leadoff walk to Steven Pallares and a single to Trace Loehr.

Vinny Siena

Vinny Siena

That would be it for Church, as Craig Missigman was called in to pitch. Missigman have up a walk to Mikey White to load the bases, and Chris Iriart singled to left, scoring Pallares. Nick Collins popped it up and was called out on the infield fly rule. Skye Bolt singled to score Loehr and make it 2-1. Seth Brown grounded into a fielders choice to make it 3-1, but Missigman got out of the game by getting Jesus Lopez to hit into a ground out to end the inning.

Newly added Dawrin Frias ran into trouble in the Top of the 7th as he loaded the bases, but got out of the inning.

Nicco Blank was called in to pitch the Top of the 8th, despite pitching during Sunday’s win. Bolt led off with a walk, stole 2nd & went to 3rd on a passed ball. Seth Brown doubled to left, scoring Bolt. Blank settled down and got out of the jam, but it was now a 3-run deficit.

The Cyclones managed to tie the game up in the Bottom of the 8th off reliever Dustin Driver. Bernal reached on an error by Bolt and made it to 2nd. Diehl walked. Brosher came through with a big 3-run homer to tie the game at 4-4.

Lake Monsters Manager Aaron Nieckua called on John Gorman to come in and Gorman got the next 3 Cyclones out to end the inning.

Corey Taylor came in and got through the 9th without giving up the lead.

Jeff Diehl

Jeff Diehl

After the control room played the Hoist Da Colors video (and this reporter was shown on the monitor), Tucker Tharp came in to hit for Caraballo and led off the Bottom of the 9th with a single to right. Kaupe laid down a perfect bunt to move Tharp to 2nd. Siena singled to center, moving Tharp to 3rd. Gorman was told to intentionally walk Bernal to load the bases. After coming through in the clutch on Friday, Diehl hit a sac fly to RF Seth Brown, far enough to allow Tharp to run home to give the Cyclones a 5-4 victory.


The Cyclones finish their home/roadstand at 3-3 and improve to 18-11 on the season. The Cyclones now begin a 6-game road trip against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the West Virginia Black Bears.



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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