Coming off a sweep of the Staten Island Yankees, the Brooklyn Cyclones managed to go above .500 for the 1st time this season, as good pitching and timely hitting led them to their 5th straigh win.
The Cyclones got things going in the Top of the 1st off Lake Monsters starter A.J. Puk. Colby Woodmansee hit a 2-out double to left. Pete Alonso singled to left, scoring Woodmansee to make it 1-0. Jacob Zanon drew a walk, sending Alonso to 2nd. Desmond Lindsay singled to right, scoring Alonso and moving Zanon to 3rd. A bad throw by RF Jhonny Rodriguez moved Lindsay to 2nd. Ali Sanchez flew out to end the inning.
Cyclones ace Harol Gonzalez took the mound, looking for his 3rd win of the season. Luis Barrera led off the Bottom of the 1st with a double to left. Eli White grounded out, keeping Barrera at 2nd, but a ground out by Nate Mondou moved Barrera to 3rd. Gonzales struck out Miguel Mercedes to end the inning.
With 1 out in the Top of the 3rd, Woodmansee struck out swinging, but C Nick Collins couldn’t complete the putout or throw, so Woodmansee made it to 1B. A wild pitch sent Woodmansee to 2nd and a triple by Alonso scored Woodmansee.
Jacob Zanon hit a sac fly to right, scoring Alonso and knocking Puk out of the game for Xavier Altamirano. Altamirano got Lindsay to ground out and end the inning.
Gonzalez gave up his only run of the game in the Bottom of the 3rd, as Eli White blasted one out of Centennial Field, making it a 4-1 game.
With one out in the Top of the 6th, Lindsay drew a walk. Sanchez hit his 5th double of the season to right, scoring Lindsay to make it 5-1.
After 7 innings of 1-run ball and 11 strikeouts, Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa pulled Harol Gonzalez for Gary Cornish. White led off the Bottom of the 8th with a single to right and Mondou reached on a bunt single, moving White to 2nd. Cornish struck out Mercedes, but a single by Miguel Guzman loaded the bases. Brett Sunde hit a sac fly to right to score White and make it 5-2. Rodriguez singled to center, scoring Mondou and moving Guzman to 3rd. Steven Pallares pinch-ran for Rodriguez, but Cornish struck out James Terrell to end the inning.
Cornish pitched a scoreless Bottom of the 9th, striking out 2, to give Brooklyn their 5th straight win and putting them over .500 for the 1st time this season.
The Cyclones will play the 2nd game of the series tonight when RHP Merandy Gonzalez (2-2, 3.35) takes on RHP Heath Bowers (2-4, 3.20) at 7 PM.