Cyclones starter Merandy Gonzalez was throwing heat in the Top of the 1st, as he struck out all 3 batters.
The Cyclones finally broke out of their hitting slump in the Bottom of the 2nd when Enmanuel Zabala singled to left, but he was stranded there.
The ValleyCats threatened in the Top of the 3rd, when Marcos Almonte hit a 2-out single, then stole 2nd. However, Gonzalez got Stephen Wrenn to ground out to end it.
Brooklyn had a chance to get on the scoreboard in the Bottom of the 5th when Erasmo Pinales came in to pitch. Zabala led off with a walk and would then steal 2nd. Jay Jabs, in his pro debut, went down swinging, but a Hengelbert Rojas ground out moved Zabala to 3rd. With the go-ahead run just 90 feet from scoring, Yeffry De Aza’s mere presence continued to confound fans, as he once again ended an inning, this time by grounding out to 2nd.
Gonzalez ran into trouble in the Top of the 6th. Wrenn led off with a walk and stole 2nd. Daz Cameron, son of former Met Mike Cameron, went down swinging, and that would be it for Gonzalez, as Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa summoned in Alejandro Castro to pitch. Castro got Ronnie Dawson to ground, moving Wrenn to 3rd, but he would stay there as well, as Taylor Jones grounded out to end the inning.
Castro ran into trouble in the Top of the 7th. Carmen Benedetti & Alexander De Goti singled to give the ValleyCats 1st & 2nd. Randy Cesar laid down a sacrifice bunt that made it 2nd & 3rd. With the infield in, Chuckie Robinson singled to left, scoring Benedetti and moving De Goti to 3rd. Marcos Almonte laid down a bunt that led to a rundown. When the dust settled after a crazy play, Robinson was out at 3rd, De Goti was still at 3rd and Almonte went all the way to 2nd. Castro got Wrenn to look at a called strike 3 to end the frame, but the Cyclones were once again down.
However, Brooklyn bounced back in the Bottom of the 7th. Jacob Zanon, also in his pro debut, led off with a single to left. Zabala executed a perfect hit & run, sending Zanon to 3rd. Zabala stole 2nd to eliminate any chance of a double play. Jabs delivered the crucial punch, as he drove a single to right, scoring Zanon & Zabala to make it 2-1. Hengelbert Rojas grounded out, but moved Jabs to 2nd. De Aza continued being the hitless wonder, as he once again grounded out. Arnaldo Berrios went down swinging, but the Cyclones had taken the lead.
Taylor Henry came in to pitch the Top of the 8th and got the ‘Cats in order. Enrique Chavez came in to pitch the Bottom of the 8th and got through the inning without giving up a run.
Henry ran into trouble in the Top of the 9th. Benedetti led off the inning with a single, but got thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. De Goti reached on an error by Jabs, but he was picked off in a crazy run down. The final hope for Tri-City, Randy Cesar walked and was pulled for Pinch-runner Luis Payano. Henry got out of the jam by getting Robinson to ground out, giving Brooklyn their 1st win of the season.
The Cyclones return to action tomorrow against Tri-City. The Cyclones will be giving out bobbleheads of former Cyclone and current New York Met: Michael Conforto. Only the 1st 2,000 will get these limited edition giveaways. The gates of MCU Park will open at 5:15 for Season Ticket Holders and 5:30 for the rest of the ballpark.
The game will also air on SNY, the TV home of the Mets. If you cannot catch it on TV, tune in to WKRB with Stu Johnson.