The Brooklyn Cyclones, coming off a huge win as the Coney Island Franks on Sunday, ending Independence Day Weekend with a bang, beating the Batavia Muckdogs by a score of 5-1.
Highlights of the game included Colby Woodmansee’s first professional homer, Jacob Zanon’s first professional triple and the long-awaited debut of Justin Dunn.
The Cyclones got on the scoreboard in the Top of the 1st. With Reilly Hovis getting the start for Batavia, Gene Cone led off the game with a single and went to 2nd on a wild pitch. Nick Sergakis drew a walk and Colby Woodmansee grounded into a force out that sent Coney to 3rd & nailed Sergakis at 2nd. Woodmansee would steal 2nd base, and a single by Ali Sanchez scored Cone and Woodmansee to make it 2-0. Blake Tiberi flew out to end the inning.
Merandy Gonzalez got the start for Brooklyn and cruised through the Bottom of the 1st.
Brooklyn Top of the 2nd Arnaldo Berrios led off the Top of the 2nd with a double to left and a single by Dale Burdick scored him. Burdick would steal 2nd, but was left there as Cone flew out to left.
Gonzalez struck out all three batters in the Bottom of the 2nd.
A 1-out homer to left-center field in the Top of the 3rd by Colby Woodmansee made it 4-0 for the Cyclones.
Aaron Knapp led off the Bottom of the 5th for Batavia by reaching on an error. Jhonny Santos struck out swinging. With Isaiah White at the plate, Knapp swiped 2nd base. White singled for the Muckdogs 1st hit of the game to send Knapp to 3rd. White tried to steal 2nd, but was thrown out by C Ali Sanchez. A wild pitch would send Knapp in to score, but Gonzalez struck out David Gauntt to end the inning.
The Cyclones got that run back in the Top of the 6th off reliever Chevis Hoover. Jacob Zanon led off with a triple to right. Berrios and Burdick both made outs, but Gene Cone reached on an infield hit that allowed Zanon to score. Cone attempted to steal 2nd but was caught doing so, ending the inning
The Cyclones would remain up 5-1 and after 7 innings of work, Manager Tom Gamboa inserted Mets 1st rounder Justin Dunn into the game. Dunn gave up 2 hits in the inning, but no runners crossed the plate. After going down in order in the
Top of the 9th, Dunn took the mound to finish the game and did just that, striking out 2 of the 3 batters who came to the plate that inning, giving Brooklyn a 5-1 win and sole possession of 2nd place in the McNamara Division.
The Cyclones and Muckdogs will be back in action tonight. RHP Ryan McKay (1-2, 3.18) gets the start for Batavia while RHP Nabil Crismatt (0-0, 3.86) will make his 1st start for the Cyclones.