With a packed house in Coney Island to celebrate a show about Nothing, thousands of fans were clutching valuable Roger McDowell and J. Peterman Bobbleheads, as it was Seinfeld Night 3 at MCU Park. There were tons of Seinfeld themed contests, and a number of longtime Brooklyn Cyclones fans who come all the time went home with great prizes.
As for the game itself, the Brooklyn Cyclones lost the 2nd game of the weekend to the Connecticut Tigers, as they coughed up an early lead and failed to score any more runs the rest of the way.
Following a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangeled Banner by actor John O’Hurley who played J. Peterman, the Cyclones took an early lead in the Bottom of the 1st off Tigers starter Kyle Funkhouser. Gene Cone led off with a single and walks to Jacob Zanon and Jay Jabs loaded the bases. Colby Woodmansee singled to right, scoring Cone and Zanon to make it 2-0 and sending Jabs to 3rd. Brandon Brosher singled to left, scoring Jabs and moving Woodmansee to 2nd. Blake Tiberi flew out to center for the first out. Funkhouser tried to pickoff Woodmansee, but a bad throw moved him to 3rd. Arnaldo Berrios reached on an infield hit, scoring Woodmansee and moving Brosher to 2nd. A wild pitch made it 2nd & 3rd, but those runners were left there, as Darryl Knight went down swinging and Dale Burdick grounded out to end the inning, but the Cyclones had a nice 4-0 cushion to work with.
The lead would be as short lived as many of George Costanza’s jobs (or is it Kramer’s ideas?). With Gabriel Llanes on the mound for the Cyclones, Sam Machonis led off the Top of the 2nd with an infield hit that bordered on a Burdick error. Tanner Donnels reached on an error by Woodmansee, sending Machonis to 2nd. Hunter Swilling singled to center to load the bases. Anthony Pereira lined out to 4rd, but a Austin Athmann force-out scored Machonis, moved Donnels to 3rd, nailed Swilling at 2nd and sent Athmann to 1st. Will Savage singled to left, scoring Donnels and moving Athmann to 2nd. Cole Bauml hit a base-clearing double that scored Athmann and Savage to tie it up. Joey Havrilak drew a walk, but a Blaise Salter line out ended the inning.
Llanes did settle down and pitched well until the Top of the 5th. Bauml led off double to right. Havrilak reached on an infield hit to send Bauml to 3rd. Salter singled to left, scoring Bauml and moving Havrilak to 2nd. Llanes did strike out Machonis, but stole 3rd and Donnels was hit by pitch to load the bases again. Llanes got out of it by striking out Swilling and getting Pereira to ground out.
The score remained the same going into the Bottom of the 9th. With Eduardo Jimenez in for the save, Knight struck out, and Dale Burdick, who has still get to record a hit at MCU Park, but gets to see significant playing time, drew a walk. Cone doubled to center, moving Burdick to 3rd. However, they would be left there in typical Cyclone fashion, as both Zanon & Jabs struck out to end it.
The Cyclones look to avoid the sweep today, as they will be taking the field as the Coney Island Franks today at 6:00 PM. The 1st 2,000 fans into MCU Park will receive Coney Island Franks hats. The gates of MCU Park will open at 4:15 PM for Season Ticket Holders and 4:30 PM for everyone else.
RHP Harol Gonzalez (1-1, 2.55) will start for the Coney Island Franks and RHP Alfred Gutierrez (0-1, 3.07) will start for the Tigers.
Make sure to check the MTA Service Changes for this weekend.