The Brooklyn Cyclones squandered away their 4-game winning streak by losing a game to the Lowell Spinners that should have been winnable.
Throughout the game, the Brooklyn Cyclones offense wasted a gem of a start from Harol Gonzalez, as they failed to bring a single runner in and made countless baserunning choices on a game that was televised on SportsNet New York.
Harol Gonzalez got the start for the Brooklyn Cyclones and began the game by walking Matt McLean. However, Gonzalez retired the next 3 batters he faces to end the inning.
The Cyclones would finally get a baserunner in the Bottom of the 3rd. Ali Sanchez led off with a single, but Jay Jabs lined into an unassisted double play, as 1B Tucker Tubbs caught a liner drive and doubled Sanchez off 1st. Arnaldo Berrios reached on an infield hit, Michael Paez recorded his first hit at MCU Park by hitting a double to left. Hitting Coach Sean Ratliff, who was coaching 3B instead of Tom Gamboa or Edgardo Alfonzo, sent Berrios home, and Berrios was nailed on a throw from LF Victor Acosta to SS Steven Reveles to C Nick Sciortino to end the inning. This reminded many fans of the bad choices made when former Hitting Coach Yunir Garcia coached 3B last season.
Brooklyn was an opportunity in the Bottom of the 4th, as Nick Sergakis led off with a walk, and after outs by Jacob Zanon & Pete Alonso, Sergakis stole 2nd. Colby Woodmansee struck out to end the inning. Ali Sanchez singled in the Bottom of the 5th, but never advanced.
McLean reached base again in the Top of the 6th, as he was hit-by-pitch with 2 outs. However, Gonzalez retired Chris Madera to end the inning.
The Cyclones wasted another chance in the Bottom of the 6th. With Pat Goetze in to pitch, Sergakis drew a 1-out walk. Zanon popped out, but a singles by Alonso and Woodmansee loaded the bases. However, Blake Tiberi grounded out, ending the inning with the bases loaded.
Gonzalez came out to pitch the Top of the 7th and gave up a hit to Ryan Scott, ending his no-hitter at 6 innings. After a standing ovation from the crowd, Roldani Baldwin strikes out swinging and Ryan Scott was caught stealing 2nd for a double play. After walking Jerry Downs, Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa came out of the dugout for the ball. Gonzalez was not happy, but as he headed towards the dugout, the crowd applauded his excellent performance. Adam Atkins came in and got Tucker Tubbs to fly out to end the inning.
Sanchez led off the Bottom of the 7th by reaching on an error. Jabs grounded into a force out, but made up for it by stealing 2nd. Berrios grounded out, moving Jabs to 3rd. With a chance to collect his 1st RBI at MCU Park, Michael Paez could not get the ball out of the infield, as he grounded out to end the inning.
Taylor Henry came in to pitch the Top of the 8th and gave up a leadoff single to Acosta. Reveles lay down a sacrifice bunt that moved Acosta to 2nd. A ground out by Sciortino moved Acosta to 3rd. Tyler Hill grounded the ball to Paez at 2nd who fired to 1st. However, the throw pulled Alonso off the bag, allowing Hill to reach base and score Acosta and make it 1-0 Lowell. Chris Madera grounded into a force out to end the inning, but the damage was done.
The game went to the Bottom of the 9th. With Dioscar Romero looking to finish it off, Woodmansee led off with a hit that deflected off the glove of 2B Madera, which he stretched into a double. Instead of bunting, like almost any team would do in this scenario, Tiberi was told to swing away. He grounded out to SS, keeping Woodmansee at 2B. A passed ball sent Woodmansee to 3rd and Ali Sanchez drew a walk. Gamboa did not send Sanchez to swipe 2nd and break up a potential double play.
Jabs popped the ball into foul territory in RF, which was caught by Madera. For some reason that many will question, Ratliff sent Woodmansee home. However, he did not get a good jump on it and did not hustle it out. Despite the bad throw by Madera, Sciortino had plenty of time to tag Woodmansee out at the plate and give Lowell a 1-0 win.
The Cyclones look to even the series tomorrow, as it is FDNY Night, so fans are encouraged to wear FDNY themed Brooklyn Cyclones gear. The team will be giving out portable phone chargers to the 1st 2,000 fans who enter MCU Park in honor of MCU’s 100th Anniversary. There will also be fireworks for fans.