The Cyclones completed their 3-game sweep of the Vermont Lake Monsters and improved to 28-25 on the 2016 season, thanks to an offense that is suddenly looking good. On top of the 7 hits last night, the team drew a season high of 12 walks, one short of the club record. There was a packed house on hand, as Jesse Orosco of the 1986 World Champion New York Mets was on hand for photos and autographs with fans. Jose Reyes was also rehabbing with the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Justin Dunn got the start for Brooklyn and began the game by issuing a walk to Eli White. Eric Marinez grounds into a force out, nailing White at 2nd. Miguel Mercedes struck out swinging as Marinez stole 2nd. Dunn got out of it by striking out Tyler Ramirez.
Jose Reyes led off the Bottom of the 1st to a loud roar and chants of “Jose! Jose!” He drew a leadoff walk and stole 2nd. Gene Cone grounded out, moving Reyes to 3rd. Reyes would be left there, as Colby Woodmansee struck out swinging and Brandon Brosher grounded out.
The Cyclones wasted a chance in the Bottom of the 2nd, as Nick Sergakis led things off with a walk. Blake Tiberi popped out for the 1st out. With Darryl Knight up, Lake Monsters starter Dakota Chalmers threw the ball away on a pickoff, sending Sergakis to 3rd. However, Knight would be called out on strikes, Jay Jabs drew a walk and Arnaldo Berrios grounded out to end the inning.
Dunn would issue a walk in the Top of the 3rd, but held Vermont off the board, ending his night with 3 no-hit shutout innings.
Reyes led off the Bottom of the 3rd with a walk and swiped 2nd. Cone once again showed why he is the man to bunt, as he dropped a beautiful bunt single, moving Reyes to 3rd. Woodmansee struck out swinging, but Brosher was hit by pitch, loading the bases. Sergakis drew a bases loaded walk to score Reyes and make it 1-0. Tiberi hit a sac fly to left, scoring Cone. Knight flew out to end the inning.
Raul Jacobson came in to pitch the Top of the 4th. Ramirez led off with a single. JaVon Shelby grounded into a force out, getting Ramirez at 2nd. A passed ball moved Shelby to 2nd. Luke Persico walked and Robert Bennie singled to load the bases. Brett Sunde grounds out, scoring Shelby and making it 2nd & 3rd.
With 2 outs in the Bottom of the 5th, Brosher & Sergakis drew walks, knocking Chalmers out of the game for Derek Beasley. Tiberi singled to left, loading the bases. However, Beasley struck out Knight to end the inning.
The Top of the 6th saw Reyes leave the game, with Jabs moving from LF to SS and Hengelbert Rojas came in to play LF. JaVon Shelby reached on a error by Jabs, but got caught in a 2-6-3-6-2 rundown as he tried to stretch it. Jacobson retired the next two batters to end the inning.
Pallares hit a 1-out single in the Top of the 7th, stole 2nd, took 3rd on a passed ball and score on a ground out by White to tie the game 2-2. Marinez singled to right, and Mercedes walked, knocking Jacobson out of the game. Gabriel Feliz came in and hit Ramirez with a pitch, loading the bases. However, Shelby hit the ball right back to Feliz, who threw to 1st to end the inning.
Ty Damron came in to pitch the Bottom of the 7th. Sergakis drew a 1-out walk and stole 2nd. Tiberi walked. Knight flew out to right. Jabs & Berrios walked to make it 3-2 with the bases loaded. Rojas singled to left, scoring Tiberi & Jabs. Cone singled to left, but Berrios was thrown out at the plate, with Brooklyn up 5-2.
Alejandro Castro came in to pitch the Top of the 8th. He issues a walk and two hits to load the bases and was pulled for Joseph Zanghi. Pallares & White hit back-to-back sac flies, making it 5-4. Zanghi got Marinez to look at strike 3, ending the inning.
The Cyclones kept things rolling in the Bottom of the 8th. With Branden Kelliher pitching, Sergakis was hit by pitch with 2 away. Tiberi doubled to center, scoring Sergakis. Knight singled to left, scoring Tiberi. Jabs singled to right, moving Darryl Knight to 2nd. Berrios grounded out to end the inning.
Up 7-4, Zanghi looked to close out the Top of the 9th. Mercedes struck out and Ramirez flew out before Shelby drew a walk. Zanghi struck out Persico, giving Brookyln a 7-4 win and a sweep of Vermont.
The Cyclones now begin a 3-game set with West Virginia. All the info can be found HERE.