Perhaps it was the Wednesday Dollar Dogs, reminiscent of the cheap meats served at the diner/time portal in the modern masterpiece 11/22/63.
Or perhaps it was beautiful Edward A. LeLacheur Park, which must have seemed like the monsterous Overlook Hotel in The Shining, as Brooklyn went down to their second straight defeat.
Or maybe it was starter Gabby Almonte, who deviated from his normally fine pitching form to resemble Charlene McGee of Firestarter, giving up TEN runs (nine earned on 8 hits) in three plus innings in which he constantly labored to find the strike zone.
Perhaps the Cyclones infield was once again inspired by Carrie, with balls flying about randomly after being thrown or booted by Brooklyn shortstops Brandon Kaupe (2 errors in 5 innings) & Alfredo Reyes (1 error in 3 innings) as Brooklyn committed another FOUR errors.
Or maybe it was the sight of Derry, New Hampshire’s (the fictional town of Derry being the site of many King novels, including IT) Zach Mathieu moving from first base to the mound in the 8th, succeeding Pedro Perez who did likewise in the 7th. They both pitched scoreless innings, consistently hitting the high 80’s on the Juggs gun, with Zach striking out two while giving up one hit and Pedro walking one while inducing two grounders, one a force and the other an inning ending double play. This was the first time the Cyclones sent two position players to the mound and they saved a depleted staff. The last time a position player took the mound for Brooklyn was in 2013, when shortstop Ismael Tijerina tore off his wrist tape to twice pitch (including July 1 v Staten Island). Zach (1st out) & Pedro (final out) struck out to help put this almost three hour long game out of its Misery (I presume the only time in Brooklyn history in which two of their pitchers batted in the same inning).
The Cyclones now head to Burlington, Vermont to play a three game set at historic Centennial Field.