It was a wet, damp, miserable night at MCU Park last night, as most of the crowd of 4,058 stayed home due to bad weather.
Those who showed up did not witness a great game at all. After a long delay pre-game delay, and a brief in-game delay, the fans witnessed another Brooklyn Cyclones loss in extra innings, as the team failed to drive guys in from scoring position many times.
The silver lining for the fans that did make it out to Coney Island last night were the free giveaway BBQ Aprons and the complimentary tickets for Sunday’s Coney Island Franks game.
After nearly 100 minutes of a rain delay, the game finally started at 8:39 PM. The rain started up again as the National Anthem wound down. Erik Manoah took the hill for the Brooklyn Cyclones and as it poured heavily, he got the leadoff hitter, Will Savage, to pop out to C Dan Rizzie in foul territory. Cole Bauml came and on the 0-2 pitch, his bat went flying into the stands. The rain increased while his bat was retrieved, so home plate umpire Robert Nunez signaled the players to clear the field, a mere 100 seconds after play began.
However, the rain ended within minutes and after fixing the field, play resumed and Manoah struck out Bauml and got Josh Lester to fly out to end the inning.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard in the Top of the 3rd. Savage led off with a single and Bauml hit a double that sent him to 3rd. Lester grounded out to first, scoring Savage and moving Bauml to 3rd. Manoah struck out Blaise Salter but a Sam Machonis single scored Bauml to make it 2-0 Hunter Swilling flew out to end the inning.
Manoah was pulled after the 5th for Raul Jacobson. Manoah gave up 2 runs in 5 innings while striking out 9.
Brooklyn would tie it up in the Bottom of the 6th off reliever Clate Schmidt. Brandon Brosher led off the inning with a homer, his 2nd in two games. Jacob Zanon walked. Dan Rizzie went down swinging as Zanon stole 2nd and a passed ball in the moved Zanon to 3rd. Jay Jabs walked and Darryl Knight singled to left, scoring Zanon, moving Jabs to 2nd and knocking Schmidt out of the game for John Schreiber. Hengelbert Rojas hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning but the score was tied.
The game would stay tied and once again in the 2016 season, the Brooklyn Cyclones went to extra innings. Jacobson was entering his 5th inning of work and things went bad in the Top of the 10th. Savage was hit by pitch to lead off the inning and a single by Bauml sent Savage to 2nd. Lester singled to center on a perfect hit-and-run, scoring Savage, moving Bauml to 3rd & sending Lester to 2nd on the throw. Salter grounded out, keeping the runners at bay. Machonis hit a sac fly that scored Bauml and sent Lester to 3rd on the throw.
Swilling drew a walk, and Tom Gamboa finally pulled Jacobson for Joseph Zanghi. Anthony Pereira singled to center, scoring Lester and moving Swilling to 2nd. Austin Athmann walk to load the bases, but Zanghi struck out Cesar Gonzalez to end the inning.
Brooklyn once again showed they are a Mets farm team in the Bottom of the 10th. With Emanuel Chavez in to pitch, Colby Woodmansee led off with a single. Brosher flew out, but a double by Zanon scored Woodmansee. Chavez managed to get Rizzie and Jabs out to end the game, giving the Tigers a 5-3 win in 10.
Fans with tickets from last night can trade it in for Sunday’s game, when the Coney Island Franks take the field, regardless if it was used or not. This must be done at the Box Office before Sunday.
The Cyclones look to even the series tonight, as it is Seinfeld Night 3, and the team will be giving out Roger McDowell Second Spitter bobbleheads to the 1st 2,000 into MCU Park. The gates open at 4:15 PM for Season Ticket Holders and 4:30 PM for everyone else. All of the info of what is going on can be found in our HOMESTAND article.
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