It would be the newest members of the Cyclones who made the difference in last night’s game, as the team managed to break their 4-game losing streak, inching a little closer to the Wild Card.
Raul Jacobson got the start in place of Thomas Szapucki, who is dealing with a back issue. He ran into trouble in the Top of the 1st. Todd Isaacs began the game with a grounder to third, which was misplayed by 3B Blake Tiberi, allowing Issacs to reach. Isaacs stole 2nd & took 3rd on a ground out by Silento Sayles. Andrew Calica hit a sac fly to center, scoring Isaacs. Erlin Cerda struck out to end the inning.
The game would remain 1-0 for a while, as the Cyclones were unable to produce any offense off Scrappers starter Shane Bieber in his three inning of work. Luis Jimenez took over in the bottom of the 4th and pitched 3 scoreless innings.
Jacobson was pulled after 6 innings of 1-run (unearned) ball and 8 strikeouts. Ty Williams pitched a scoreless Top of the 7th for Brooklyn.
The Cyclones would tie it up in the Bottom of the 7th off Jimenez. Jay Jabs drew a 1-out walk and took 2nd on a passed ball. Dan Rizzie flew out to right, but Anthony Dimino drew a walk. Franklin Correa got his 1st hit as a Cyclone, scoring Jabs and moving Dimino to 3rd. Gene Cone grounded out to end the inning.
Adam Atkins came in to pitch the Top of the 8th, and kept Mahoning Valley from scoring. Zanghi pitched a perfect 9th and the Cyclones went down in order in the Bottom of the inning, sending the game into extra innings.
Taylor Henry came in to pitch the Top of the 10th and got the fans nervous. With one away, Mitch Longo was hit by pitch and Gian Paul Gonzalez singled to right, making it 1st & 2nd. Henry struck out Alexis Pantoja & Isaacs to end the inning.
The Cyclones wasted a chance in the Bottom of the 10th, as Luis Carpio hit a 2-out double to center and a passed ball on ball 4 to Desmond Lindsay made it 1st & 3rd. That knocked reliever Michael Letkewicz out of the game for Ryan Perez. Perez struck out Tiberi to end the inning.
Henry pitched a 2nd scoreless inning in the Top of the 11th. In the Bottom of the 11th, Jabs & Rizzie hit back-to-back singles with 1-out to make it 1st & 3rd. Dimino singled to center, scoring Jabs to give Brooklyn a win, ending their 4-game skid.
The Cyclones returns to action tonight as they look to take the 2nd game against the Scrappers. It will be a $10 Ticket Wednesday,
It is also Italian Heritage Night, & Ladies Night. The gates open at 5:15 PM for STHs & 5:30 PM for everyone else. Following the game, everyone in attendance can run the bases.
RHP Justin Dunn (1-1, 1.71) will get the start for Brooklyn against Mahoning Valley’s LHP Juan Hillman (3-3, 4.08).