Coming off the beatdown of a lifetime on Monday Night, the Cyclones bats finally woke up last night, as the team produced 14 runs on 17 hits for the biggest offensive night of the season, avoiding a sweep to the Tri City ValleyCats in Troy, New York.
With the victory last night, Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa joined Edgar Alfonzo and Rich Donnelly in the 100 Win Club as manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones. The three of them are the only men to have managed the Cyclones for at least 3 seasons.
Michael Paez led off the Top of the 1st for Brooklyn with a walk off starter Austin Nicely. Nick Sergakis doubled to left, moving Paez to 3rd. A sac fly by Colby Woodmansee scored Paez & moved Sergakis to 3rd. Pete Alonso doubled to center, scoring Sergakis to make it 2-0. Ali Sanchez singled to right, moving Alonso to 3rd. Gene Cone singled to right, scoring Alonso and moving Sanchez to 3rd. Arnaldo Berrios, returning for the 1st time since July 31st, was called out on strikes, but as Cone stole 2nd, the throw went through, allowing Sanchez to steal home. Darryl Knight grounded out to end the inning.
Gabriel Llanes got through the Bottom of the 1st without giving up a run, but ran into trouble in the Bottom of the 2nd. Taylor Jones reached on an infield hit to Llanes and went to 2nd on a throwing error Llanes. Ronnie Dawson flew out, moving Jones to 3rd. Spencer Johnson homered to left, scoring Jones. Llanes managed to get out of the inning with Brooklyn up 4-2
The Cyclones bats finally game alive in the Top of the 3rd. Woodmansee led off with a single and Alonso homered in the next at bat to make it 6-2. Sanchez doubled to center, knocking nicely out of the game for Howie Brey. Cone singled to right, moving Sanchez to 3rd. Berrios hit a sac fly to right, scoring Sanchez. Knight singled to left, moving Cone to 2nd. Hengelbert Rojas reached on an error, scoring Cone and moving Knight to 3rd. Paez walk to load the bases. Sergakis grounds into a force out, scoring Knight, moving Rojas to 3rd and nailing Paez at 2nd. Woodmansee doubled to center, scoring Rojas and Sergakis. Alonso singled to left, moving Woodmansee to 3rd. Sanchez grounded out to end the inning with Brooklyn up 11-2
The score would remain the same until the Bottom of the 6th. Chuckie Robinson led off with a double to left, took 3rd on a fly out by Jones and scored on a single by Dawson. Johnson reached on an infield hit moving Dawson to 2nd. Llanes got out of it, as Gabriel Bracamonte grounded into a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Llanes gave up a 2-out triple to Alexander De Goti in the Bottom of the 7th leading to his exit in favor of Taylor Henry. Henry walked Marcos Almonte before striking out Robinson to end the inning.
The Cyclones added some runs in the Top of the 8th, as Woodmansee & Alonso led off the inning with singles off reliever Carlos Sierra. A double by Sanchez scored Woodmansee and moved Alonso to 3rd. A ground out by Cone scored Alonso and moved Sanchez to 3rd, who would score on a ground out by Berrios. Knight struck out to end the inning.
The score would remain the same, as Henry pitched another scoreless inning for Brooklyn, Angelo Serrano kept Brooklyn off the board in the 9th before Austin McGeorge closed out the game, helping Brooklyn avoid a sweep as they return to MCU Park tonight to start a 6-game home-stand.