The Cyclones had an amazing 8th inning comeback last night, but it went to waste, as a 9th inning meltdown caused the team to end their winning streak.
Erik Manoah got the start for Brooklyn and ran into trouble in the Top of the 1st. Kevin Mahala & Stephen Alemais began the game with singles to make it 1st & 2nd. Will Craig popped out, but Kevin Krause singled to left, scoring Mahala & moving Alemais to 2nd. Manoah struck out Albert Baur, but a wild pitch a batter later moved Alemais to 3rd. Arden Pabst doubled to left, scoring and moving Alemais Krause to 3rd. Manoah got Ty Moore to ground out, ending the inning with Brooklyn down 2-0.
Brooklyn would finally get on the scoreboard in the Bottom of the 3rd. Jay Jabs led off with a walk and a double by Darryl Knight made it 2nd & 3rd. Dan Rizzie hit a sac fly to right, scoring Jabs and moving Knight to 3rd. A sac fly by Cone brought Knight in to score, tying the game. Michael Paez & Desmond Lindsay hit back to back singles to make it 1st & 2nd. A balk by West Virginia starter Luis Escobar made it 2nd & 3rd, but Colby Woodmansee struck out to end the inning.
The tie was short-lived, as in the Top of the 4th, Sandy Santos drew a 1-out walk and took 2nd on a wild pitch. Kevin Mahala reached on an infield hit to move Santos to 3rd. Stephen Alemais popped out for the 2nd out. A passed ball scored Santos and moved Mahala to 2nd. Manoah struck out Will Craig to end the inning.
Both teams had chances the next few innings but failed to score. With Gabriel Feliz pitching the Top of the 8th, Mahala drew a 2-out walk and stole 2nd. A single by Alemais scored Mahala and Alemais took 2nd on the throw. Craig lined out to end the inning.
The Cyclones would fight back in the Bottom of the 8th. With Cristian Mota on the mound, Blake Tiberi & Brandon Brosher hit 2-out singles. Two straight wild pitches allowed Tiberi to score and moved Brosher to 3rd. Mota would issue three consecutive walks to Jabs, Knight & Rizzie, allowing Brosher to score, tying the game up. A passed ball scored Jabs and made it 2nd & 3rd with the Cyclones up a run. Cone grounded out, ending the inning.
With the win just three outs away, Austin McGeorge came in to pitch the Top of the 9th. Krause led off with a single to center. Baur lay down a sacrifice bunt that failed, as McGeorge threw to 2nd to nail Krause. Erik Forgione ran for Baur. Arden Pabst singled to left, moving Forgione to 2nd. Ty Moore singled to right, scoring Forgione and moving Pabst to 3rd. Staten Island native Matt Diorio blasted a 3-run homer off the scoreboard to get his contingent of fans going. McGeorge struck out Santos for the 2nd out, but gave up a single to Mahala. Alemais grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning with the Black Bears up 8-5.
The Cyclones got a runner to 2nd in the Bottom of the 9th on an error, but failed to score, ending their winning streak ad falling 5 games back in the McNamara Division standing.
The Cyclones look to bounce back before the All Star break. RHP Gabriel Llanes (3-5, 3.28) will face off against RHP Stephen Meyer (2-4, 4.96). First pitch is at 4:00 PM, with gates opening at 2:15 for Season Ticket Holders and 2:30 for everyone else.
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