The Brooklyn Cyclones managed to bounce back from their loss on Wednesday night, thanks to the bats waking up during a time when fans were giving up and lights out pitching from the bullpen.
After two scoreless innings from the Cyclones, the Yankees blew it open in the Bottom of the 2nd. Timmy Robinson led off with a single to right and a single by Sweeney moved Robinson to 3rd with Sweeney going to 2nd on a throw. Dalton Blaser reached on an error by 2B Jay Jabs scoring Robinson and moving Sweeney to 3rd. Angel Aguilar singled to left, scoring Sweeney and moving Blaser to 2nd. A wild pitch by Dunn made it 2nd & 3rd.
Kendall Coleman singled to right, scoring Blaser and moving Aguilar to 3rd. Dunn struck out Eduardo Navas for the first out. Ben Ruta hit for Dom Thompson-Williams who was pulled after an inning. Coleman stole 2nd, and Ruta hit a sac fly to score Aguilar and move Kendall Coleman to 3rd. Dunn struck out Nick Solak to end the inning with Yankees up 4-0.
Drew Bridges led off the Bottom of the 3rd with his 5th homer of the season, making it 5-0.
The Cyclones would then begin to claw their way back. With one away in the Top of the 4th, Desmond Lindsay led off with a single, Colby Woodmansee walked and a wild pitch made it 2nd & 3rd. Blake Tiberi singled to right, scoring Lindsay, but Woodmansee was thrown out by RF Ruta. Darryl Knight grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Dunn was pulled for Raul Jacobson in the Bottom of the 4th. Jacobson gave up two hits, but kept the Yankees from scoring.
The Cyclones would do a lot of damage in the Top of the 5th. Jabs led off with a single and took 2nd on a passed ball. Dan Rizzie grounded out, moving Jabs to 3rd. That knocked starter Austin DeCarr out of the game for Claudio Custodio. Hengelbert Rojas drew a walk and took 2nd on a wild pitch. Gene Cone singled, scoring Jabs and moving Rojas to 3rd. Another wild pitch scored Rojas and moved Cone to 2nd. Michael Paez grounded out, moving Cone to 3rd. Lindsay reached on an error, scoring Gene and sending Lindsay to 2nd. Woodmansee struck out, but the Cyclones were now down 5-4.
Both teams would go down in order until the Island Bottom of the 7th. With Jacobson still pitching, Ruta hit a 1-out single to center. However, Ruta was caught stealing, for the 2nd out. Solak singled and a single by Bridges made it 1st & 3rd. Jacobson got Robinson to line out for the final out of the inning.
Lindsay led off the Top of the 8th by reaching on an error. Woodmansee singled, moving Lindsay to 2nd. Custodio was pulled for Chad Taylor, who got Blake Tiberi to fly out before walking Knight to load the bases. A wild pitch scored Lindsay to tie the game, and moved Woodmansee & Knight up a bag each.
Jabs delivered the crucial blow, hitting the ball to left to score Woodmansee & Knight to put Brooklyn ahead 7-5. Rizzie grounded out to end the inning, but the damage was more than done.
Adam Atkins pitched a perfect Bottom of the 8th before turning it over to Joseph Zanghi for the Bottom of the 9th.
Zanghi began the inning by striking out Coleman, before giving up a hit to Navas. After striking out Ruta, Zanghi issued a hit to Solak that moved Navas to 3rd. Zanghi settled down and struck out Bridges to earn the save, capping off an excellent comeback for Brooklyn.