The Brooklyn Cyclones hot play continued in Burlington, VT last night, as good hitting helped led them to their 6th straight win, moving them to 2 games out of first place.
The Cyclones made sure to give Vermont Lake Monsters starter Heath Bowers a lot of trouble early on, as Gene Cone led off the game with a walk, Michael Paez & Colby Woodmansee both singled to load the bases. Pete Alonso hit a sac fly, scoring Cone and moving Paez & Woodmansee up a base each. Blake Tiberi grounded out to 2nd, scoring Paez and moving Woodmansee to 3rd. Desmond Lindsay popped out to end the inning, but the Cyclones had a 2-0 lead.
Brooklyn starter Merandy Gonzalez ran into trouble in the Bottom of the 1st, as he issued a leadoff walk to Luis Barrera and a ground out by Eli White advanced Barrera to 2nd. Nate Mondou singled to right, scoring Barrera and Mondou was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Miguel Mercedes flew out to end the inning.
Cone led off the Top of the 3rd with his first professional homer to make it 3-1. Paez & Woodmansee hit back to back doubles to make it 4-1. Alonso drew a walk, but was left there as Bowers retired Tiberi, Lindsay and Jacob Zanon.
Jay Jabs led off the Top of the 4th with a double to right. Dan Rizzie flew out to center, moving Jabs to 3rd. Cone hit the ball to SS Eli White, who fired home to nail Jabs. Cone would take 2nd on a balk, and Paez’s 5th double of the season scored Cone to make it 5-1. Woodmansee grounded out to end the inning.
With 1 out in the Top of the 5th Blake Tiberi was hit by a pitch. A single by Lindsay moved Tiberi to 3rd and knocked Heath Bowers out of the game for Derek Beasley. Lindsay stole 2nd for his 1st steal of the season. Zanon hit a sac fly to center, scoring Tiberi to make it 6-1. Jabs grounded out to end the inning.
Merandy ran into trouble in the Bottom of the 6th. With Nick Sergakis coming in for Tiberi, Merandy gave up a single to Jhonny Rodriguez before walking Luke Persico & Miguel Guzman to load the bases. Brooklyn Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa came out to remove Merandy for Gabriel Feliz, who returned after a stint with the Columbia Fireflies. Tyler Ramirez doubled to right, scoring Rodriguez & Persico to make it 6-3, with Guzman going to 3rd. Feliz struck out James Terrell III & Barrera to pop out, but gave up a single to White that scored Guzman to make it 6-4. However, Mondou popped out to end the inning, avoiding further damage.
Austin McGeorge came in to pitch the Bottom of the 7th and kept Vermont off the board.
Beasley gave up a leadoff double to Lindsay to start the Top of the 8th. Zanon reaches on a throwing error by SS Eli White, scoring Lindsay and sending Zanon all the way to 3rd. Jabs hit a sac fly to right to score Zanon and make it 8-4. Lake Monsters Manager Aaron Nieckula summoned in Will Gilbert to pitch. Gilbert retired Rizzie and Cone to end the inning.
Taylor Henry pitched a scoreless Bottom of the 8th for the Cyclones. Joseph Zanghi came in to pitch the Bottom of the 9th and issued a leadoff walk to Mondou, who took 3rd on a wild pitch. Mercedes went down swinging, but another wild pitch by Zanghi scored Mondou. Zanghi got Rodriguez to pop out before striking out Persico to end the game, giving the Cyclones their 6th straight win.
The Cyclones look for their 2nd straight sweep tonight, as RHP Justin Dunn (1-0, 1.00) will take on LHP Ivan Andueza (1-2, 4.70) in a 6:05 PM game to wrap up the road trip.