It was an eventful day at MCU Park, as the team decided to rename itself the Coney Island Franks for yesterday’s game in honor of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs celebrating its 100th Anniversary. The team was rocking special Coney Island Franks jerseys and caps.
2,000 of the 5,684 fans in MCU Park were wearing the giveaway Coney Island Franks caps given out by the team as well, with many people sporting limited edition Coney Island Franks gear they had purchased in the team store.
The Cyclones / Franks were looking to avoid being swept after dropping the 1st two of the series. After an uneventful 1st Inning, the Connecticut Tigers blew it open in the Top of the 2nd off Coney Island Franks starter Harol Gonzalez. Blaise Salter led off the inning and was hit by pitch. Sam Machonis walked and John Lester singled to load the bases. Tanner Donnels singled to right to score Salter and move up Machonis & Lester. Gonzalez struck out Mario Sanjur, but a double by Junnell Ledezma scored Machonis and Lester to make it 3-0. Will Savage hit a ball to short that Colby Woodmansee misplayed, scoring Donnels and moving Ledezma to 3rd. A wild pitch moved Savage to 2nd and a walk to Cole Bauml loaded the bases. Gonzalez got out of the inning by striking out Joey Havrilak and getting Salter to ground out.
Harol Gonzalez struck out all the batters in the Top of the 3rd.
The Franks finally got their bats going in the Bottom of the 3rd off Tigers starter Alfred Gutierrez, Ali Sanchez led off with a double to right and Arnaldo Berrios doubled to left to make it 4-1. Dale Burdick, who had been hitless all season at MCU Park, singled to right to score Berrios. Gene Cone grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and Nick Sergakis struck out swinging to end the inning.
Just like the inning before, Harol Gonzalez recorded three Ks in the scoreboard. He struck out Bauml to begin the Top of the 5th, making it 7 straight and 8 of the last 9. He got Havrilak to ground out for the 2nd out. Due to his pitch count of 92 pitchers and the Mets excessive need to baby pitchers, Manager Tom Gamboa took him out for Dillon Becker, despite the fact he was on a roll and one out away from 5 full innings. Becker got Salter to fly out to end the inning.
The Franks added another in the Bottom of the 5th. Zanon & Ali Sanchez started the inning off with singles to make it 1st & 3rd. Berrios hit a sac fly to left, scoring Zanon and moving Sanchez to 2nd. Gutierrez got out of the inning by getting Burdick to ground out and Cone to strike out.
Becker allowed a runner to 3rd in the Top of the 6th, but no runs scored for the Tigers.
The Franks finally took the lead in the Bottom of the 6th. Nick Sergakis led off with a single to center. Jay Jabs popped out, but Colby Woodmansee lay down a sacrifice bunt and sent Sergakis to 2nd. Blake Tiberi tripled to right, scoring Sergakis to tie it up at 4-4. With the fans chanting “LETS GO FRANK!” Zanon singled to center, scoring Tiberi. Sanchez singled to right, moving Zanon to 3rd. Arnaldo Berrios flew out to end the inning, but the Franks led 5-4.
Gary Cornish pitched a scoreless Top of the 7th for Coney Island. Joe Navilhon pitched the Bottom of the 7th for Connecticut and kept the Franks scoreless. Austin McGeorge kept the Tigers off the board in the Top of the 8th and John Hayes did the same in the Bottom of the 8th
Taylor Henry came in to get the Save in the Top of the 9th and did just that, as he allowed a runner to reach first, but kept him there, as the Franks got the win and Henry got his 2nd save of the 2016 season.
The Cyclones head up to Batavia for a 3-game set with the Muckdogs. This could be the final trip Brooklyn makes to Batavia, as they are rumored to be relocated.