The Cyclones bounced back from their late-night woes on Monday to take the series from Tri-City, thanks to strong pitching on Jewish Heritage Night from Raul Jacobson and some clutch RBIs from the newest members of the Brooklyn Cyclones.
With 5,865 fans on hand for Bucket Hat Night, the ValleyCats quickly lit up the scoreboard against Cyclones starter Erik Manoah. Stephen Wrenn began the game with a triple to deep center. Marcos Almonte grounded out to short, scoring Wrenn. Ronnie Dawson reached on an error by 1B Darryl Knight, but it didn’t matter, as Brauly Mejia hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Tri-City made it 2-0 in the Top of the 2nd thanks to a homer by Randy Cesar. A homer by Ronnie Dawson in the Top of the 3rd gave the ValleyCats a 3-0 lead.
The Cyclones bats finally woke up in the Bottom of the 4th off ValleyCats starter Sebastian Kessay. Darryl Knight & Colby Woodmansee, who was making his Cyclones debut, drew consecutive walks. Dan Rizzie hit the ball to Tri-City SS Marcos Almonte who threw to 2B, but Woodmansee beat out the throw to load the bases. Gene Cone, who was also making his Cyclones debut, smacked a double to center to clear the bases and tie the game up 3-3. Kessay settled down by retiring Arnaldo Berrios, Jay Jabs & Enmanuel Zabala.
Manoah got through the Top of the 5th without giving up a run and was pulled for Raul Jacobson. Jacobson loaded the bases in the Top of the 6th, but kept the runners from scoring.
With the rain lightly falling in the Bottom of the 7th, ValleyCats reliever Framber Valdez, who entered the game in the 5th, ran into trouble. Jabs led off with a single, followed by a Zabala strike out. Nick Sergakis walked, and Jacob Zanon went down swinging. Knight reached on an infield hit to load the bases. Woodmansee singled to center, scoring Jabs & Sergakis to make it 5-3, with Knight going to 2nd. Dan Rizzie doubled to left, scoring Knight & Woodmansee to give Brooklyn 7 runs. Gene Cone singled to score Rizzie, which made it an 8-3 game and knocked Valdez out for Edgardo Sandoval, who got out of the inning by striking out Arnaldo Berrios.
Jacobson was lights out the rest of the way to give the Cyclones their 2nd win of the season and 2 out of 3 from Tri-City.
The Cyclones head to Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT for a 3-game set with the Tigers. First pitch is 7:00 PM and Stu Johnson has the call on WKRB.