The Brooklyn Cyclones took the 2nd game of the series against the Vermont Lake Monsters last night, as they were able to fight back multiple times and finally win on a walkoff.
There was 4,539 people listed in the reported attendance to see the Cyclones take on the Lake Monsters for Nickelodeon Night, with the teams wearing special Ren & Stimpy jerseys. Merandy Gonzalez, got the start for Brooklyn, struck out Nate Mondou to begin the Top of the 1st. Eric Marinez singled to center, but was caught stealing 2nd during the next at bat. Eli White lined out to end the inning.
Jesus Zambrano got the start for the Vermont Lake Monster. Gene Cone led off the Bottom of the 1st with a single to center. Nick Sergakis grounded out, moving Cone to 2nd. Desmond Lindsay grounded out, but didn’t advance Cone. Cone would steal 3rd, but was left there as Brandon Brosher struck out swinging.
Gonzalez ran into trouble in Top of the 2nd. Tyler Ramirez reached on a missed catch error by 1B Darryl Knight, who filled in for Pete Alonso, who will return tomorrow. JaVon Shelby walked, moving Ramirez to 2nd. Luke Persico singled to load the bases. Jarrett Costa popped out to C Dan Rizzie in foul ground, but Robert Bennie singled to left, scoring Ramirez and moving Shelby to 3rd & Persico to 2nd. Merandy got out of it, as Steven Pallares grounded into a 4-3 double play to end the inning with Brooklyn down 1-0.
However, that would be it for Gonzalez, as Adam Atkins pitched the Top of the 3rd. After stiking out Mondou, Marinzes walked and took 2nd on a single by White. A passed ball moved Marinez to 3rd. Ramirez walked to load the bases, and a single by Shelby scored Marinez. A sac fly by Persico scored White to make it 3-0, but Atkins struck out Costa to end the inning.
Brooklyn would bounce back in the Bottom of the 3rd. Rizzie led off with a double and took 3rd on a wild pitch. Knight struck out swinging, but a double by Cone scored Rizzie. A wild pitch moved Cone to 3rd, who scored on a ground out by Sergakis to make it 3-2. Lindsay grounded out to end the inning.
Alejandro Castro came in and pitched two perfect innings.
The Cyclones came close to tying it in the Bottom of the 5th, as Knight reached on a 2-out infield single. Zambrano was pulled for Tyler Painton, who gave up a leadoff double to Cone to make it 2nd & 3rd. Sergakis grounded out, ending the inning.
Ty Williams pitched the Top of the 6th. After a leadoff walk to Shelby, Persico flew out and Costa grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Brooklyn would finally tie it up in the Bottom of the 6th. Lindsay led off with a single to center. Brosher flew out, but a single by Blake Tiberi moved Lindsay to 3rd. With Michael Paez up, a wild pitched scored Lindsay to tie it and moved Tiberi to 2nd. A passed ball moved Tiberi to 3rd. Paez flew out to right, but didn’t score Tiberi. Jay Jabs went down swinging, ending the inning.
The bullpen door kept opening, as Gabriel Feliz came in to pitch the Top of the 7th Bennie led off with a double to left and took 3rd on a passed ball. Pallares drew a walk. Mondou bunted the ball right back to Feliz for the first out. Marinez singled to right, scoring Bennie and moving Pallares to 2nd. Vermont attempted a double steal, but Rizzie threw out Marinez at 2nd, but allowed Pallares to go to 3rd. White grounded out, but Vermont was ahead 4-3.
The Cyclones kept fighting back, as in the Bottom of the 7th, Knight drew a 1-out walk and took 2nd on a ground out by Cone. Sergakis singled to left, scoring Knight. Lindsay stole 2nd, but was picked off atfer, ending the inning.
Taylor Henry came in to pitch the Top of the 8th. Henry would load the bases with 1-out before striking out Bennie & Pallares to escape the jam without giving up a run to the Lake Monsters.
Will Gilbert came in to pitch the Bottom of the 8th. Lindsay led off with a single & Brosher went down swinging. A wild pitch moved Lindsay to 2nd and Tiberi drew a walk. Paez grounds into a typical 6-4-3 to end the inning.
The bullpen depletion continued, as Joseph Zanghi was called in to pitch the Top of the 9th. White hit a 2-out double to right, but Zanghi struck out Ramirez to send the game to the Bottom of the 9th.
Rizzie began the inning by drawing a 1-out walk to get things going. Knight singled to right, moving Rizzie to 3rd, with Knight taking 2nd on the throw.
Cone, who was 3-for-4 at the time, came up to Mark Fratto using the Chicago Bulls theme, announcing #23 the way it was done in Chicago. Cone lay down a bunt on a 1-0 pitch right back to the pitcher as Rizzie dashed for home. Gilbert picked up the ball and couldn’t get a proper throw home, scoring Rizzie to give Brooklyn a 5-4 win