The Brooklyn Cyclones were at it again last night with those late night games, as their late night, 17th inning comeback against Tri-City fell short, dropping the team to 1-3 on the season. This was the 2nd game of the season to go over 11 innings.
With a big crowd on hand for Michael Conforto Bobblehead Night, and many watching on SNY, Joel Huertas took the mound for the Cyclones and after a perfect Top of the 1st, ran into trouble in the Top of the 2nd. Taylor Jones reached on an error by Darryl Knight and went to 2nd. Carmen Benedetti singled to left, moving Jones to 3rd. Huertas settled down and struck out Alexander De Goti and got Jake Rogers to ground into a nice 6-4-3 double play.
Brooklyn managed to get on the board in the Bottom of the 2nd. Ali Sanchez led off with a single to right. Darryl Knight went down swinging for the first out. Jay Jabs drew a walk, moving Sanchez to 2nd. Dan Rizzie was called out on strikes, and that would be all for ValleyCats starter Brett Adcock. Ricardo Castro took the hill and gave up a single to Hengelbert Rojas that scored Sanchez. Rojas would be caught in a rundown to end the inning, but the Cyclones were up 1-0.
That lead would be short lived, as Huertas began the Top of the 3rd by hitting Kolbey Carpenter with a pitch. Marcos Almonte layid down a sacrifice bunt that sent Carpenter to 2nd. Daz Cameron singled to center, moving Carpenter, with Cameron taking 2nd on the throw. Stephen Wrenn reached on an infield single that scored Carpenter and moved Cameron to 3rd. Ronnie Dawson was called out on strikes for the 2nd out. Huertas tried to pickoff Wrenn, and the bad throw scored Cameron. A pitch later, Wrenn stole 2nd base, but Huertas got out of it by getting Taylor Jones to ground out, but the Cyclones were down 2-1.
The Cyclones quickly bounced back in the Bottom of the 3rd. Nick Sergakis hit a 2-out double to right. A balk by Castro send Sergakis to 3rd. Jacob Zanon reached on a deep infield single that scored Sergakis to tie it at 2 apiece. Sanchez drew a walk, moving Zanon to 2nd. Knight struck out to end the inning.
The score would stay that way until the Top of the 6th. Ronnie Dawson reached on a 1-out single. Taylor Jones doubled to left, moving Dawson to 3rd. Carmen Benedetti doubled to deep center, clearing the bases to make it 4-2. That would be it for Huertas, as he was pulled for Nicco Blank. Blank struck out De Goti and got Jake Rogers to fly out to end the inning.
The Cyclones once again bounced back in the bottom of the inning. Darryl Knight drew a 1-out walk. Jabs was called out on strikes, but Rizzie was hit by pitch, sending Knight to 2nd. Rojas singled to right, scoring Knight and moving Rizzie to 3rd. That would be it for Castro, as Dylan James came in to pitch. Rojas would steal 2nd and Rizzie would score on the throw. Burdick drew a walk and a single by Zabala scored Rojas and sent Burdick to 3rd. Sergakis doubled to left, scoring Burdick and sent Zabala to 3rd. The inning ended wen Zanon looked at Strike 3.
Tri City added more in the Top of the 7th. Carpenter drew a walk and Almonte doubled to right, making it 2nd & 3rd. Daz Cameron went down looking, and a sac fly by Wrenn scored Carpenter to make it 6-5 and moved Almonte to 3rd. Blank got out of the inning by striking out Dawson.
Nabil Crismatt made his debut for the Cyclones in the Top of the 8th. After giving up a leadoff walk to Jones, Crismatt struck out Benedetti & De Goti. Rogers doubled to left, scoring Jones to tie it and moving Rogers to 3rd. After walking Carpenter, Crismatt got Almonte to fly out.
After failing to score in the 8th or 9th, the game once again went to extra innings. Brooklyn would get a baserunner in the Bottom of the 12th, but a double play killed that rally. Brandon Brosher, who came in for defense the inning before, led off the Bottom of the 13th by reaching on an error. Knight bunted Brosher to 2nd, and Jabs was intentionally walked. Rizzie flew out, but a walk to Rojas loaded the bases. With the winning run on 3rd, Tom Gamboa’s management continued to give fans ulcers, as he sent up the hitless Dale Burdick. Burdick did his great impression of Yeffry De Aza by grounding out to the pitcher, killing a raly.
The Cyclones wasted another chance in the Bottom of the 14th. With Nick Hernandez on the mound, Sergakis reach on an infield hit and would steal 2nd. However, he was left there as well. Tri-City had two men in scoring position in the Top of the 15th, but failed to score as well.
To the Top of the 16th it went, and in came the position players, as Santo Marte took the mound and threw a scoreless inning. Tri-City on the other hand, had plenty of pitchers left, as Luis Ramirez came in to pitch. Burdick reached on an error and went to 2nd with one out. A passed ball sent Burdick to 3rd, leading Ramirez to intentionally walk Zabala & Sergakis, which paid off for the Cats, as Zanon grounded into a force out that nailed Burdick at the plate, and Brosher looked at strike 3 the next at bat to end the inning.
As is tradition when position players come in to pitch for the Cyclones, they get bombed in their 2nd inning of work. Chuckie Robinson hit a 1-out double to center, but got nailed trying to stretch it into a triple. Carpenter singled and a double by Almonte moved him to 3rd. Cameron singled in both of them to make it 8-6. Wrenn blasted one over the wall in left, making it 10-6. Marte got Dawson to line out to end the inning.
Down four runs in the Bottom of the 17th, the Cyclones led off the inning with back-to-back hits to by Knight & Jabs to make it 1st & 2nd. Dan Rizzie singled to right, scoring Knight and moving Jabs to 3rd. Rojas hit the ball back to the pitcher, but Rameriez misplayed it, scoring Jabs and sending Rizzie to 2nd. A wild pitch made it 2nd & 3rd. Burdick continued to remain another hitless wonder, as he looked at strike 3 for the first out. Enmanuel Zabala hit the ball to the shortstop, who threw to 3rd to nail Rojas, as Rizzie scored to make it a 10-9 game. Sergakis doubled to right, sending Zabala to 3rd. Zanon was intentionally walk to load the bases
With what was left of a crowd that once 5,062 going nuts, Brosher killed another rally by looking at strike 3, ending the game and sending the fans home upset.
The Cyclones close out the series tonight at 7:00 PM. It is Jewish Heritage Night and the team will be giving out bucket hats to the 1st 2,000 fans who enter MCU Park. The gates will open at 5:15 for Season Ticket Holders and 5:30 for everyone else.