The Brooklyn Cyclones bats were finally taking after their Major League counterparts, as they managed to score runs in 4 different innings, as they overcame an early deficit to win the game in Dwyer Stadium.
The Cyclones had a chance to take an early lead in the Top of the 1st off Batavia Muckdogs starter Ryan McKay as Gene Cone led off the game with a walk and a single by Nick Sergakis sent Cone to 2nd. However, Jay Jabs went down swinging and Jacob Zanon lined into a double play, as 3B JJ Gould robbed him of a hit and doubled Sergakis off 1st.
Nabil Crismatt got the start for the Cyclones, his first of the season and ran into trouble in the Batavia Bottom of the 1st. Corey Bird led off by reaching on a bunt single. Samuel Castro popped out to short. A wild pitch send Bird to 2nd and a fly out by Eric Gutierrez moved Bird to 3rd. Another wild pitch allowed Bird to score to make 1-0 Batavia. JJ Gould drew a walk and a bunt single by Aaron Knapp moved Gould to 3rd. Another wild pitch by Crismatt sent Knapp to 2nd, but Crismatt got Jhonny Santos to line out to end the inning.
Brooklyn had another chance in the Top of the 2nd, as Dan Rizzie & Darryl Knight drew 1-out walks. However, Darryl Knight was picked off 1st by C Pablo Garcia and a groundout by Hengelbert Rojas ended the inning.
Crismatt settled down and got through the rest of his 4 innings without a problem.
Brooklyn finally got on the scoreboard in the Top of the 5th Rizzie and Knight led off with back-to-back singles. Rojas grounded into a 6-4 force out that scored Rizzie while Knight was nailed at 2nd. It would have been a double play, but 2B Rony Cabrera made a bad throw. Rojas was left there as Dale Burdick & Gene Cone both popped out.
With the game now tied at 1-1, Joel Huertas came in to pitch the Bottom of the 5th, retiring all 3 Muckdogs.
Connor Bach came in to pitch the Top of the 6th for Batavia. Sergakis led off with a walk and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch before Jabs was hit by pitch. Jabs got injured and was replaced by Ali Sanchez, who stayed in as the DH. Another wild pitch by Bach made it 2nd & 3rd. Zanon walked to load the bases and a sac fly by Blake Tiberi made it 2-1 Cyclones. Rizzie walked to load the bases and Bach was pulled for Shane Sawczak. Sawczak got Knight to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Batavia almost made it a tie game in the Bottom of the 7th. Knapp was hit by pitch to load off the inning. A bunt by Santos ended up nailing Knapp at 2nd, sending Santos to 1st. Isaiah White took strike 3 looking, but Pablo Garcia doubled to left. However, a throw by Rojas that was intercepted by Burdick and fired to Rizzie nailed Santos at the plate to end the inning.
The Cyclones added insurance in the Top of the 8th. With Chad Smith in to pitch, Sergakis led off with a double to right and a groundout by Sanchez moved Sergakis to 3rd. Zanon hit a sac fly to center, deep enough to send Sergakis home. Tiberi singled to keep the inning going, but Rizzie grounded out to end it, but the Cyclones led 3-1.
Arnaldo Berrios came in to replace Cone on defense in right for the Top of the 8th. Huertas allowed a runner to 2nd, but the runner got no further, so the game went to the Brooklyn Top of the 9th. With Brent Wheatley on the mound for Batavia, Knight led off with a single, Rojas was hit by pitch and Burdick walked to loaded the bases. Berrios hit a sac fly to left, scoring Knight and moving Rojas to 3rd. Sergakis hit a sac fly to center that scored Rojas. Sanchez grounded out to end the inning with the Cyclones up 5-1.
Huertas was removed from the game, and due to his good pitching, his ERA dropped to 8.20 Adam Atkins came in to pitch the Bottom of the 9th and retired the side to secure a Brooklyn win.
The Cyclones look for the sweep tonight and to reach .500 on the season. Game time in Batavia is at 7:05 PM. RHP Erik Manoah (1-0, 2.81) will get the start for Brooklyn against Batavia’s RHP Sam Perez (0-0, 1.93)