Coming off their 10th inning walk-off win to the Hudson Valley Renegades on Monday night, the Brooklyn Cyclones got another huge win last night against the State College Spikes, as they extended their winning streak to three games.
The team played an all around great game Tuesday night that saw all 9 of the batters in the starting lineup reached base. The team collected 12 hits and committed no fielding errors in the game.
The Cyclones quickly got on the board in the Top of the 1st. With Carson Cross getting the start for State College, Nick Sergakis hit a one 1-out single to center and stole 2nd. Jay Jabs walked and a single by Jacob Zanon loaded the bases. Blake Tiberi grounded into a force out to score Sergakis, moved Jabs to 3rd nail Zanon at 2nd and send Tiberi to 1st. Darryl Knight grounded out to end the inning.
The Cyclones added to the scoreboard in the Top of the 2nd. Arnaldo Berrios led off with a double to right, and Brandon Brosher singled him in to make it 2-0. A wild pitch by Cross sent Brosher to 2nd, but Brosher would be caught trying to steal 3rd, which hurt the team, as Dale Burdick reached on an infield hit. Burdick stole 2nd, and Gene Cone flew out to left. Sergakis reached on an error, scoring Burdick and moving Sergakis to 2nd. Cross got out of the jam by striking out Jabs.
Cyclones starter Harol Gonzalez, who got through the 1st inning with no trouble, struck out the side in the Bottom of the 2nd. He also struck out the 1st two batters he faced in the Bottom of the 3rd, en route to a 10 strikeout game.
State College finally got on the scoreboard in the Bottom of the 5th. Bladimil Franco & Ricardo Bautista led off with singles to make it 1st & 3rd. Elier Rodriguez grounds into a 6-4-3 double play, but it did allow Franco to score, making it 2-1. Danny Hudzina grounded out to end the inning.
The teams would remain separated by a run the rest of the way. State College would bring in Eric Carter to pitch the Top of the 6th and he kept Brooklyn off the board. Dewin Perez retired the side for the Spikes in the Brooklyn Top of the 7th. Taylor Henry took the mound for the Cyclones in the Bottom of the 7th and got the Spikes in order.
Perez remained in to pitch the Top of the 8th and ran into trouble. Knight hit a 1-out single to left. Berrios reached on an error and Brosher singled to load the bases. That promoted a visit from Spikes Pitching Coach Roger LaFrancois, who spent the 2003 season with Brooklyn.
Burdick singled to left, scoring Knight and moving Berrios & Brosher up a base. Cone walked, scoring Berrios and moving Brosher & Burdick up a base. Sergakis went down swinging, but Jabs, the only Cyclone did not get a hit all game, drew his 2nd walk, scoring Brosher and moving Burdick & Cone up to the next base.
That would be all for Perez, as Greg Tomchick took over, and got Zanon to ground out, but the Cyclones were up 6-1.
Henry remained in to pitch the Bottom of the 8th and kept the Spikes from scoring. After a quick Top of the 9th, the game went to the Bottom of the 9th and Alejandro Castro came in to close it out. After getting the 1st out, Castro loaded the bases. Castro got Ricardo Bautista to ground into a force out that scored Vincent Jackson and Elier Rodriguez to fly out, giving the Cyclones their 3rd straight win, bringing them to .500 on the season with a record of 6-6.
The series continues tonight at State College. RHP Mirandy Gonzalez (1-0, 0.79) makes the start for the Cyclones while RHP Steven Farinaro (1-0, 4.15) gets the start for the Spikes. 1st pitch is at 7:05 PM