Coming off a horrific loss on Friday night, the Cyclones got a much needed win over Aberdeen last night, as the team managed to blast 3 homers and strike out 18 Ironbirds.
With Justin Dunn making his first career star, Kirvin Moesquit began the game by striking out swinging. Chris Clare singled to right, but he was caught stealing by C Ali Sanchez. Ryan McKenna drew a walk, but was left there as Seamus Curran flew out to right.
The Cyclones got 2 men on in the Bottom of the 1st thanks to a 2-out single by Colby Woodmansee and walk to Pete Alonso, but they were stranded there.
Dunn retired the side in the Top of the 2nd, including 2 strikeouts.
Jacob Zanon led off the Bottom of the 2nd with a single to center. Zanon stole 2nd and Desmond Lindsay, in his 2016 debut, was hit by pitch. Darryl Knight went down looking for the 1st out. With Hengelbert Rojas up, the Cyclones tried to pull off a double steal, but Lindsay was caught stealing 2nd, but did move Zanon to 3rd. Zanon was left at 3rd as Rojas whiffed at air.
Dunn ran into some trouble in the Top of the 3rd. Collin Woody led off with a single to center. Mike Odenwaelder was called out on strikes, but Moesquit was hit by pitch, mobbing Woody to 2nd. Clare grounds into a force out, moving Woody to 3rd and getting Moesquit out at 2nd. Dunn struck out McKenna to end the inning. Due to pitching limits, that would be it for Dunn, throwin 3 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts.
With 1 out in the Bottom of the 3rd, Nick Sergakis hit a ground-rule double that hit the batters eye in the deepest park of MCU Park. Woodmansee struck out swinging, but Alonso blasted an opposite field homer over the TGI advertising into the RF bleachers to make it a 2-0 game. Sanchez popped out to end the inning.
Kyle Regnault, on a rebab assignment, took the mound to pitch the Top of the 4th as part of a rehab assignment. After giving Curran to fly out, he walked Jason Heinrich & Stuart Levy before striking out Chris Shaw & Collin Woody to end the inning.
Steven Klimek came in to pitch the Bottom of the 4th and gave up a homer to Desmond Lindsay, which soared over the NYU Baseball ad on the LF wall and made it a 3-0 game.
Nabil Crismatt came in to pitch in the Top of the 5th. Odenwaelder led off with a single and a double by Moesquit make it 2nd & 3rd. Crismatt got Clare, struck out McKenna and got Curran to ground out to leave the 2 runners stranded.
Paez was hit by pitch to begin the Bottom of the 5th. Sergakis popped it up just off the infield dirt and it dropped. However, Curran threw out Paez to get a force out. Woodmansee went down swinging for the 2nd out. With Alonso up, Sergakis stole 2nd. Alonso was hit by pitch in the arm. After being checked by athletic trainer Gavin Grosh, he took 1st base. Sanchez grounded out to end the inning.
Crismatt gave up a hit in the Top of the 6th, but struck out the other 3 batters he faced.
Zanon led off the Bottom of the 6th with a single and swiped 2nd. However, he was left there as Lindsay struck out, Knight flew out and Rojas struck out.
Crismatt gave up another hit in the Top of the 7th, but 3 strikeouts kept the batter stranded at 1st. He struck out another 2 in the Top of the 8th.
The Cyclones removed the 3-run save situation in the Bottom of the 8th. With Jake Bray pitching, Alonso singled to left and a single by Sanchez made it 1st & 3rd. Zanon reached on an infield single, scoring Alonso. Sanchez took 3rd on an error. Gene Cone, who came in for defense, popped out to 2nd. Zanon stole his 3 base of the night & 13th of the season. Knight blasted a shot over the left field wall to clear the bases and make it 7-0.
Lucas Brown was summoned in to pitch and Rojas flew out for the 2nd out. A single by Paez and a double by Sergakis made it 2nd & 3rd. However, Woodmansee flew out to end the inning.
In the Top of the 9th, Shaw led off with a double to center and took 3rd on a fielding error. After striking out Woody, Odenwaelder blasted a homer to left to make it 7-2. After a quick chat with pitching coach Billy Bryk Jr., Crismatt struck out Moesquit and Clare grounded out, giving the Cyclones a 7-2 win and the rubber game of the series. Regnault was the pitcher of record, so Crismatt was awared a 5-inning save.
The Cyclones now begin a 3-game series with the Staten Island Yankees today. It is Mike Piazza Hall of Fame Day. To read all about what is going on, CLICK HERE.
LHP Thomas Szapucki will make his Cyclones debut against RHP Simon De La Rosa (3-1, 3.58).