The Brooklyn Cyclones lost a tough one last night, as they fell to the State College Spikes 9-8 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, ending their 3 game winning streak. The Cyclones used 7 pitchers, heavily depleting their bullpen.
The Cyclones got an early run in the Top of the 1st off Spikes starter Steven Farinaro. Gene Cone led off the game with a walk. Jacob Zanon to right, sending Cone to 3rd. Jay Jabs grounded into a double play that scored Cone to make it 1-0. Colby Woodmansee walked and Blake Tiberi singled to right, but Woodmansee was nailed at 3rd to end the inning.
Merandy Gonzalez got the start for the Cyclones and ran into trouble in the Bottom of the 1st. Tommy Edman led off with a single and Dylan Tice homered to right to make it 2-1. Vincent Jackson doubled to right and flyout by Ryan McCarvel sent Jackson to 3rd. Jeremy Martinez drew a walk and a single by Ricardo Bautista scored Jackson and sent Martinez to 2nd. Josh Swirchak flew out to left, but Danny Hudzina singled to center, scoring Martinez and sending Bautista to 2nd. Anthony Ray singled to 1st and a throwing error by 1B Darryl Knight allowed Bautista to score, moved Hudzina and sent Ray to 2nd. Edman grounded out to end the inning, but the Cyclones were down 5-1.
Brandon Brosher & Arnaldo Berrios led off the Top of the 2nd with back to back singles. Knight grounded into a double play that sent Brosher to 3rd and he was left there as Dale Burdick flew out to end the inning.
Gonzalez loaded the bases in the Bottom of the 2nd, but got out of the inning unscathed. The Cyclones added another run in the Top of the 3rd, as Jabs hit a 2-out triple to deep center and Woodmansee singled him in.
Dillon Becker came in to pitch the Bottom of the 3rd. He gave up 2 straight walks to Hudzina & Ray before getting Edman & Tice to foul out to Tiberi. However, Jackson doubled to right, scoring Hudzina & Ray to make it 7-2. Becker struck out McCarvel to end the inning.
The Cyclones slimmed the deficit in the Top of the 6th. With Max Almonte in to pitch, Tiberi & Brosher began the inning by each drawing a walk and a wild pitch made it 2nd & 3rd. Berrios singled to center, scoring Tiberi & Brosher to make it 7-4. Knight drew a walk and that would be all for Almonte, as Greg Tomchick came in. Burdick stuck out swinging and Cone popped out. With Zanon up, Berrios tried stealing 3rd, but was nailed, ending the inning.
The Cyclones took the lead in the Top of the 7th. With 1-out, Jabs singled to right, Woodmansee singled to left & Tiberi drew a walk to load the bases. Brosher knocked a grand slam over the left field wall to make it 8-7 and knocking Greg Tomchick out of the game for Brady Bowen. Tomchick got Berrios to ground and Knight to pop out to end the inning.
The lead was short-lived however. Gabriel Feliz came in to pitch the Bottom of the 7th and immediately walked Edman. Dylan Tice lay down a sacrifice bunt to advance Edman to 2nd. Jackson went down swinging, but a single by McCarvel scored Edman. Martinez grounded out to end the inning, but the scored was now tied up at 8.
The scored remained tied until the Bottom of the 11th. Alejandro Castro took the mound and gave up a leadoff single to Swirchak. Hudzina bunted his way on and a bunt by Ray loaded the bases. Edman hit the ball to Woodmansee who fired home to force out Swirchak. With a 1-2 count on Tice, Castro hit him with a pitch to send Hudzina in to score, giving the Spikes a 9-8 win after 4 and a half hours.