The Cyclones got an important victory today, as they wrapped up their 6 game homestand with a win, entering the All Star Break on a winning note.
Gabriel Llanes got the start for the Cyclones and began the game with three scoreless innings.
Darryl Knight led off the Bottom of the 3rd with a double to left and Hengelbert Rojas drew a walk off Black Bears starter Stephan Meyer. Gene Cone grounds into a 4-6-3 double play, which advanced Knight to 3rd. Michael Paez lined out to end the inning, wasting a huge opportunity for Brooklyn.
With two outs in the Top of the 4th, Arden Pabst tripled to center. Sandy Santos reached on a throwing error by 3B Blake Tiberi, scoring Pabst. Matt Diorio flew out to end the inning.
With one away in the Bottom of the 4th, Brandon Brosher drew a walk, Tiberi was hit by pitch and Ali Sanchez reached on an error, loading the bases. Jay Jabs was called out on strikes and Cyclones Hitting Coach Sean Ratliff did not like it. After mouthing off to Home Plate umpire Jude Koury, Ratliff was ejected from the game. Knight flew out to end the inning.
The Cyclones would finally get on the scoreboard in the Bottom of the 6th. Colby Woodmansee & Brandon Brosher led off the inning with singles and a ground out by Tiberi made it 2nd & 3rd. A wild pitch allowed Woodmansee to score and moved Brosher to 3rd. Ali Sanchez hit the ball to 1B Albert Baur, who fired home to late as Brosher scored to take a 2-1 lead.
That would be it for Meyer, as Dylan Prohoroff was summoned in to pitch. Jabs grounded out, moving Sanchez to 2nd. Knight drew a walk. A bad throw on a pickoff attempt moved Sanchez to 3rd. Rojas was hit by pitch loading the bases, but for the 3rd time today, they were left loaded as Cone flew out to end the inning.
After a scoreless 7th, Gary Cornish came in to pitch the Top of the 8th and Dan Rizzie came in to catch. Cornish allowed a runner on, but kept the Black Bears from scoring.
Joseph Zanghi was called in to pitch the Top of the 9th. After striking out Baur, Ty Moore singled to right and Erik Forgione pinch ran for him. A wild pitch moved Forgione to 2nd. After Pabst popped out, Zanghi threw another wild pitch, moving Forgione to 3rd. Zanghi struck out Sandy Santos to end the game, giving Brooklyn a 2-1 victory in both the game and series, and helping them finish the home-stand at 5-1 and enter the All Star Break with a record of 30-26