The Cyclones were able to avoid a sweep last night, as they got their 1st win of the season at Dodd Stadium last night against the Connecticut Tigers in an all around well played game of baseball.
Locke St. John took the hill for the Tigers and ran into trouble in the Top of the 1st, as Gene Cone & Nick Sergakis led off the game with singles. Locke got Colby Woodmansee to ground into a double play and Ali Sanchez flew out to end the inning.
Brooklyn finally got on the scoreboard in the Top of the 3rd. Colby Woodmansee hit a 2-out single to center and Ali Sanchez hit a ground rule double to right, making it 2nd & 3rd. Jacob Zanon singled to left, scoring Woodmansee & Sanchez to make it 2-0. St. John picked off Zanon by getting him caught in a rundown to end the inning.
The Cyclones had a chance to add more in the Top of the 4th. Dan Rizzie & Jay Jabs led off with consecutive singles. Darryl Knight popped out and Zabala grounded into a fielder’s choice that moved Rizzie to 3rd & nailed Jabs at 2nd. Zabala stole 3rd, but he & Rizzie were left there, as Cone grounded out to end the inning.
Merandy Gonzalez got the start for Brooklyn and was light’s out through 5. After striking out 2 to begin the Bottom of the 6th, he gave up a single to Sam Machonis and a double to Joey Havrilak to make it 2nd & 3rd. A wild pitch scored Machonis to slice the lead in half, but Merandy struck out Tanner Donnels to end the inning. With that run, Merandy had an ERA of 0.79.
Bryce Beeler came in to pitch the final 3 innings for a traditional save, as the Cyclones avoided a sweep against the Tigers.
The Cyclones return to MCU Park today for a 3-game set with McNamara Division rival Hudson Valley. Tonight’s game is called for 6:00 PM with gates opening at 4:15 for Season Ticket Holders and 4:30 for everyone else.