The Cyclones inched further from the McNamara Division cellar last night, as they got another big divisional win over the Aberdeen Ironbirds, thanks to a huge homer by Nick Sergakis to go along with great pitching from Erik Manoah and Raul Jacobson.
With Keegan Akin starting for Aberdeen in place of the previously announced Travis Seabrooke, Nick Sergakis his 1-out single in the Top of the 1st and stole 2nd. After a strikeout by Colby Woodmansee, Pete Alonso doubled to left, scoring Sergakis to make it 1-0. Jacob Zanon flew out to end the inning.
Erik Manoah took the mound for the Cyclones and ran into trouble in the Bottom of the 1st. After getting Cole Billingsley to ground out, he walked Chris Clare and a single by Alejandro Juvier sent Clare to 2nd. Ryan McKenna flew out, advancing Clare to 3rd. Jaylen Ferguson doubled to left, scoring Clare, but the throw from LF Jay Jabs to SS Woodmansee to C Dan Rizzie nailed Juvier at the plate to end the inning.
The next 3 innings would see no scoring from either team. With Parker Birdwell pitching the Top of the 5th and 2 outs, Darryl Knight was hit by pitch. Gene Cone singled to center, sending Knight to 3rd. Nick Sergakis hit his 2nd homer of the season, giving Brooklyn a 4-1 lead in the game.
The Cyclones got 2 runners into scoring position in the Top of the 7th, but failed to score.
After 6 innings, Manoah was pulled from the game for Raul Jacobson, who struck out all 3 batters he faced in the Bottom of the 7th
The Cyclones added some insurance runs in the Top of the 8th. With Yi-Hsiang Lin in to pitch, Sergakis led off with a single to right and took 2nd on a wild pitch. Woodmansee flew out, but a single by Alonso sent Sergakis to 3rd. Jacob Zanon doubled to left, scoring Sergakis and moving Alonso to 3rd. A sac fly by Blake Tiberi scored Alonso to make it 6-1. Rizzie grounded out to end the inning.
Jacobson allowed 2 runners to reach base in the Bottom of the 8th, but kept the Ironbirds from scoring any runs.
After a scoreless Top of the the 9th for the Cyclones, Jacobson pitched a perfect Bottom of the 9th, including 2 strikeouts to end the game, earning him a 3-inning save, his 2nd of the season, and giving Brooklyn their third straight win to tie for 2nd in the McNamara with Hudson Valley.
The Cyclones will look for the sweep tomorrow, as RHP Gabriel Llanes (0-3, 3.67) will face off against RHP Cody Dube (0-0, 0.00) for the series finale at Ripken Stadium. 1st pitched is schedule for 7:05 PM.