Coming off a great start against Staten Island last Tuesday, and without having his piggy back mate Raul Jacobson anymore, Erik Manoah took the hill for the Cyclones in a game they needed to win.
After retiring Kirvin Moesquit to start the game, he plunked Chris Clare in the head, causing Clare to leave the game. Alejandro Juvier came in for Clare. Ryan McKenna grounded into a force out. With Preston Palmeiro up, McKenna was caught stealing to end the inning.
Preston Palmeiro, son of former Major Leaguer Rafael Palmeiro, led off the Top of the 2nd with a single and Jerry McClanahan was hit by pitch to move Palmeiro to 2nd. Ronarsy Ledesma grounds into 6-4-3 double play that moved Palmeiro to 3rd. Guillermo Salas fouled out to end the inning.
Manoah ran into more trouble in the Top of the 3rd, giving up back-to-back singled to Moesquit & Juvier to make it 1st & 3rd with 2 outs. However, McKenna hit the ball back to Manoah who threw to first to end the inning.
The Cyclones offense finally came alive in the Bottom of the 4th. With Alex Wells starting for Aberdeen, Jacob Zanon led off with a single to right. Zanon stole 2nd and kept going to 3rd on a wild pitch. Nick Sergakis went down swinging and Colby Woodmansee flew out. Pete Alonso doubled to left, scoring Zanon to make it 1-0. Desmond Lindsay walked, but Ali Sanchez flew out to end the inning.
Guillermo Salas Top of the 5th with a walk. After striking out Jaylen Ferguson & Mike Odenwaelder, Manoah gave up a hit to Kirvin Moesquit, but Zanon threw to 2nd and Salas was caught in a rundown to end the inning.
Blake Tiberi led off the Bottom of the 5th with a single to right. However, with the hit-and-run on, Dan Rizzie lined the ball right back to Wells and Tiberi was doubled off first.
The Cyclones would load the bases in the Bottom of the 6th off reliever Max Knutson, but failed to score.
Manoah began the Top of the 7th by striking out Ledesma & Salas. After getting a 1-1 count to Ferguson, Pitching Coach Billy Bryk Jr. went out to speak to Manoah to inform him he was about to reach his limit. Manoah proceeded to strike out Ferguson, finishing his night with an impressive 7 shutout innings with 9 strikeouts.
Taylor Henry came in to pitch the Top of the 8th. Odenwaelder led off with a single. A sac bunt and ground out moved him to 3rd, but was left there. Joseph Zanghi came in to close it out and pitched a perfect 9th to give the Cyclones the win.
Following the game, Bryk said to Brooklyn Baseball Banter “I was very impressed with Manoah’s game. He threw a gem tonight.”
The Cyclones will look to take the rubber game tomorrow. It is camp day, so 1st pitch is at 11:30 AM. Gabe Llanes gets the start.