It was all around ugly game for the Brooklyn Cyclones. The game went from good, to bad, to ugly, to “flat-out, G-d awful,” as bad base running, poor pitching, and hitting that did not produce runs, plagued the Cyclones all game long.
The Cyclones took an early lead in the Bottom of the 3rd off Ironbirds starter Cody Sedlock. Gene Cone drew a 2-out walk. Nick Sergakis hit a bunt single that moved Cone to 2nd. Colby Woodmansee singled to center to score Cone and move Sergakis to 2nd. Pete Alonso popped out to end the inning.
Zach Muckenhirn came in to pitch the Bottom of the 5th. Arnaldo Berrios led off with a bloop single to right, but got thrown out trying to stretch it. Cone singled to right and a double down the left field line by Sergakis made it 2nd & 3rd. A sac fly by Woodmansee scored Cone to make it 2-0. Alonso hit the ball to 3B Kirvin Moesquit, who threw to 2B Alejandro Juvier to get Sergakis, but Alonso was credited with a hit.
From there, the game went from good to bad. With Merandy Gonzalez already with 5 shutout innings under his belt, the Top of the 6th would see the Cyclones lose the lead. Moesquit reached on an error by Nick Sergakis. Ryan McKenna singled to left, moving Moesquit to 2nd. Cole Billingsley grounded into a force out, getting McKenna at 2nd & moving Moesquit to 3rd. A wild pitch by Gonzalez score Moesquit. Alejandro Juvier walked, sending Billingsley to 2nd. Jason Heinrich doubled to left, scoring Billingsley and moving Juvier to 3rd.
That would be all for Merandy Gonzalez, as Alejandro Castro came in to pitch. Castro struck out Jaylen Ferguson, then intentionally walked Seamus Curran. With the bases loaded, Stuart Levy was hit by pitch, scoring Juvier and giving Aberdeen a 3-0 lead. Castro struck out Chris Clare to end the inning that saw 9 men come to the plate.
Dillon Becker came in to pitch the Top of the 7th. He allowed runners to 2nd & 3rd, but struck out Juvier & Heinrich to end the inning.
In the Bottom of the 7th Sergakis hit a 2-out single to left. Colby Woodmansee doubled to the LF corner, and for reasons that boggle the minds of many, Sean Ratliff, who was coaching 3B instead of Tom Gamboa, (something every other MiLB Manager does) sent Sergakis home. And like so many other times this season, the player Ratliff sent home was out by more than a mile, ending the inning and keeping the Cyclones down a run.
To the Top of the 8th it went and that’s when the game went from bad to worse. Curran drew a 1-out walk, stole 2nd & took 3rd on a wild pitch by Becker. Levy singled to left, scoring Curran. Clare doubled to left, moving Levy to 3rd. Moesquit doubled to center, scoring both Levy & Clare.
Gamboa came out of the dugout and pulled Becker for Adam Atkins. McKenna singled to right, scoring Moesquit. Berrios threw to Alonso, who threw to Woodmansee, who tagged McKenna trying to get an extra base. However, the field umpire Reed Basner did not signal out, despite the protests of the Cyclones players. However, Gamboa came out and argued the call. Basner spoke to plate umpire Matt Cowan and the call was overturned and McKenna was out. Atkins got Billingsley to flew out to end the inning.
The Top of the 9th saw the game go from worse to “flat-out, G-d awful.” With Taylor Henry in to pitch, Heinrich singled with 1-out. After Ferguson flew out, Curran walked and Levy singled to load the bases. Clare doubled for the 2nd time of the night, scoring Heinrich & Curran. Moesquit singled, scoring Levy & Clare scores. Ryan McKenna singled to short, moving Moesquit to 2nd. Henry got Billingsley to ground out, but the scoreboard now read 11-2 in favor of the Ironbirds.
Despite the fact the Cyclones had 11 hits on the hit, they left 8 men on base and fell to last place in the McNamara.
The Cyclones look to take 2 out of 3 tonight, as it is Star Wars Night at MCU Park with giveaway Glow-in-the-Dark Hats. Gates open at 4:15 for Season Ticket Holders and 4:30 for everyone else.
RHP Justin Dunn (1-0, 1.50) will made his 1st start as a Cyclones against vs LHP Alex Wells (3-2, 1.77). First pitch it at 6:00 PM.