A win last night would have been a huge victory for the Brooklyn Cyclones. It would have been their first sweep of the year and it would have brought them to .500 on the 2016 season.
With Hudson Valley beating Staten Island earlier in the day, it would have brought them one game closer to the McNamara Division leading Yankees. The Cyclones also would have remained in sole possession of 2nd place as opposed to being tied with the Renegades.
Instead, they got their asses handed to them on a silver platter, as bad pitching and no hitting sent them in to the off-day with a sour taste in their mouth.
The three Cyclones to come up in the Top of the 1st against Muckdogs starter Jordan Holloway all struck out.
Batavia wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the Bottom of the 1st off Cyclones starter Erik Manoah. Aaron Knapp & Eric Gutierrez hit 1-out singles to right and a homer by JJ Gould made it 3-0.
In the Bottom of the 2nd, Kris Goodman hit a 1-out single and Javier Lopez walked to make it 1st & 2nd. After striking out Corey Bird, Manoah gave up a single to Knapp that scored Goodman and moved Lopez to 3rd with Knapp taking 2nd on the throw. Gutierrez doubled to center, scoring Lopez and Knapp to make it 6-0. Gutierrez would steal 3rd, but Gould flew out to end the inning.
After throwing a scoreless inning, Manoah ran into more trouble in the Bottom of the 4th. Goodman & Lopez led off the inning with walks. Bird singled to center to score Goodman and send Lopez to 3rd with Bird going to 2nd on an error by Jacob Zanon. Manoah struck out Knapp and that would be all for him, as Raul Jacobson was called in to pitch. Gutierrez was hit by pitch to load the bases. Gould fouled out, but a single by Joseph Chavez scored Lopez and Bird and moved Gutierrez to 2nd to make it a 9-0 game. Jacobson got Jhonny Santos to ground into a force out to end the inning.
Brooklyn’s bats finally woke up in the Top of the 5th off starter Jordan Holloway. Ali Sanchez led off the inning with a single to center. A bad throw on a pickoff attempt by Jordan Holloway sent Sanchez to 3rd. Walks to Blake Tiberi & Brandon Brosher loaded the bases. Holloway struck out Arnaldo Berrios & Darryl Knight and almost got out of the inning, but an error by Gould scored Sanchez & Tiberi, send Brosher to 3rd and allowed Hengelbert Rojas to reach base. Trenton Hill was summoned in to pitch and he got Jacob Zanon to ground out to end the inning.
With Jacobson still in to pitch the Bottom of the 6th, Knapp hit a 1-out single to center and a homer by Eric Gutierrez made it 11-2.
Gabriel Feliz came in to pitch the Bottom of the 7th and had no luck. Pablo Garcia led off with a walk and singles by Goodman & Lopez loaded the bases. Corey Bird grounded out to short, scoring Garcia and moving Goodman & Knight up a base each. Feliz struck out Knapp for Out #2, but a wild pitch in the next at bat scored Goodman and moved Lopez to 3rd. After walking Gutierrez, Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa sent in Alejandro Castro to pitch. Castro got Gould to pop out to end the inning, with the score now 13-2.
Joseph Zanghi came in to pitch the Bottom of the 8th, but it made no difference to Batavia. Chavez led off with a single to left and a double by Santos to right made it 2nd & 3rd. Garcia grounded out, scoring Chavez and moving Santos to 3rd. A single by Goodman scored Santos to make it 15-2. A wild pitch sent Goodman to 2nd. Zanghi got Lopez to ground out and Bird to pop out to end the inning.
The Cyclones produced no runs in the Top of the 9th and went home with the loss.
The Cyclones return to MCU Park this weekend with a 3-game series this weekend against the Hudson Valley Renegades. All the info on the series, such as what is going on and all travel advisories will be posted on Brooklyn Baseball Banter within the next 24 hours.