There was a crowd of 5,421 on hand at MCU Park for yesterday’s game, as many fans came to get the Wilmer Flores from Tears to Cheers Bobblehead and to watch Mike Piazza’s induction ceremony on the videoboard of MCU Park. Many fans applauded loudly when Piazza mentioned his former teammate and Cyclones Bench Coach Edgardo Alfonzo.
As for the game, pitching dominated from the start. The Cyclones had a chance in the Bottom of the 3rd against Keegan Akin, as Jacob Zanon drew a 2-out walk and swiped both 2nd & 3rd, but was left there when Colby Woodmansee flew out to right.
Szapucki was lights out, but ran into trouble in the Top of the 5th. Ronarsy Ledesma struck out but reached on a passed ball by C Ali Sanchez. Jaylen Ferguson grounded into a force out. Guillermo Salas hit a sac fly to right and Arnaldo Berrios crashed in the wall to catch the ball and to preserve Szapucki’s no-hitter. But while he was rolling around in pain, it he allowed Ferguson to score all the way from 1st.
Berrios was pulled from the game, so Hengelbert Rojas came in to play left and Gene Cone was moved to right. With Daniel Fajardo up, Sanchez took a foul ball to the mask and because Gavin Grosh was treating Berrios in the locker room, the Ironbirds trainer had to check Sanchez. Fajardo popped out to end the inning.
Aberdeen got broke up the no-hitter in the Top of the 6th, as Mike Odenwaelder & Kirvin Moesquit both his singles. Szapucki retired the next three batters to end the inning.
Blake Tiberi led off the Bottom of the 7th with a single for Brooklyn’s first hit of the night before being thrown out trying to steal 2nd.
Adam Atkins came in to pitch a scoreless Top of the 8th, ending the night for Szapucki. Taylor Henry allowed a hit in the Top of the 9th, but kept Aberdeen from scoring.
Colby Woodmansee got Brookyln’s 2nd hit in the Bottom of the 9th, but it made no difference, as Peter Alonso hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.