qmeme_1440299735391_666It was a night of high scoring, as both teams combined for 21 runs and 28 hits. While the game was not a pretty won, the outcome was a good one.

The Cyclones got things rolling in the Top of the 1st off Ironbirds starter Lazaro Leyva. Alfredo Reyes led off the game with a single and Vinny Siena moved him to 2nd on a ground out. David Thompson doubled to right, scoring Reyes. Jeff Diehl went down looking, but Zach Mathieu was hit by a pitch. Leyva got out of the inning by striking out Hengelbert Rojas.

Cyclones starter Andrew Church would allow Aberdeen to load the bases in the Bottom of the 1st, but got out of the jam.

Andrew Church

Andrew Church

The Cyclones added more in the Top of the 2nd. Enmanuel Zabala hit a 1-out triple to center and scored on a single by Branden Kaupe. With Reyes up, a balk, followed by a wild pitch allowed Kaupe to go to 3rd. A ground out by Reyes scored Kaupe to make it 3-0. Siena drew a walk, but Thompson flew out to end the inning.

In the Bottom of the 2nd, Church would give up a 2-run homer to Drew Turbin to make it 3-2.

Daniel Ayers came in to pitch the Top of the 3rd for Aberdeen. Diehl & Mathieu hit back-to-back singles to make it 1st & 2nd. Rojas grounded out, making it 2nd & 3rd. Jose Garcia doubled to right, scoring Diehl & Mathieu. Zabala lined out, but a single by Kaupe scored Garcia. Reyes reached on a throwing error by SS Ricardo Andujar, sending Kaupe to 2nd. A wild pitch made it 2nd & 3rd and a single by Siena made it am 8-2 game. Ayers got Thompson to look at strike 3 to end the inning.

Jose GarciaAberdeen would keep on fighting, as DJ Steward led off the Bottom of the 3rd with a double to right. A fly out by Chris Shaw sent Stewart to 3rd. Church struck out Laurino, but a single from Alex Murphy scored Stewart. Randolph Gassaway lined out to end the inning with the Cyclones up 8-3.

The Cyclones would keep the offense going in the Top of the 4th off new pitcher Zach Albin. Diehl reached on an infield hit and Mathieu reached on an error that made it 2nd & 3rd. Rojas went down swinging, but Jose Garcia singled to center, scoring Diehl & Mathieu and bringing his RBI total on the game to 4. Zabala popped out, but Kaupe reached on an infield hit, moving Garcia to 2nd. Reyes doubled for the 6th time on the season, scoring Garcia & Kaupe. Siena lined out to end the inning with the Cyclones up 12-3.

The Ironbirds would load the bases in the Bottom of the 4th, but Stewart hit a line drive right at Mathieu who turned a double play.

Neither team would get a baserunner in the 5th inning. Rojas drew a walk for Brooklyn in the Top of the 6th, but would be left there.

Alfredo ReyesChurch would run into trouble in the Bottom of the 6th. Gassaway led off with a double and a single by Austin Pfeiffer made it 1st & 3rd. Turbin singled to center, scoring Gassaway and moving Pfeiffer to 2nd. Cedric Mullins flew out to center and Andujar popped out, keeping it 1st & 2nd. Stewart singled to center, scoring Pfeiffer and moving Turbin to 2nd. That would be it for Church, who was removed after 98 pitches for Brandon Welch. Shaw singled to left, scoring Turbin and moving Stewart to 2nd. Welch got Laurino to fly out to end the inning.

The Cyclones were unable to do anything off reliever Grendell in the 7th or 8th. Welch pitched a scoreless Bottom of the 7th for Brooklyn.

Alex PalshaRuben Reyes came in to pitch the Bottom of the 8th with Manuel Hilario in to catch. Turbin reached on an error, Mullins was hit by pitch and a wild pitch made it 2nd & 3rd. Andujar singled to right, scoring Turbin & Mullins and going to 2nd on the throw. A passed ball and a wild pitch made it a 12-9 game. Stewart flew out to right and Craig Missigman was called in to pitch, He struck out Shaw, hit Laurino with a pitch and got Murphy to line out.

With the game a save situation, Tom Gamboa called in Alex Palsha to close it out. After getting 2 outs, Turbin & Mullins drew walks and Andujar reached on a strike 3 that went past Hilario to load the bases. With the winning run at home plate, Palsha got Stewart to line out to end the game.

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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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