The Brooklyn Cyclones wasted another chance to inch closer to the playoff race, as wild pitches, pitchers who wouldn’t cover a base, and runners being called on a BS calls by umps all contributed to the Cyclones dropping the game to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
Justin Dunn took the hill for Brooklyn and was lights out in his 3 innings of work. Gary Cornish came in during the Top of the 4th and threw a shutout inning. However, he ran into trouble in the Top of the 5th.
Logan Ice led off with a single to right. Alexis Pantoja singled to right, sending Ice to 3rd and moving Pantoja to 2nd on the throw. Gabriel Mejia reached on an infield hit, scoring Ice and moving Pantoja to 3rd. Todd Isaacs reached on a bunt single, scoring Pantoja and moving Mejia to 2nd. Andrew Calica grounded into a force out, sending Mejia to 3rd & nailing Isaacs at 2nd. Calica swiped 2nd, but the umpire rules that the batter Erlin Cerda affected the throw and was out on batter interference. Cornish struck out Emmanuel Tapia to end the inning.
The Cyclones quickly bounced back in the Bottom of the 5th. Colby Woodmansee led off with a double and moved to 3rd on a groundout by Blake Tiberi. Michael Paez doubled to center, scoring Woodmansee. Jay Jabs grounded out, moving Paez to 3rd. Brandon Brosher drew a walk and with Anthony Dimino up, pitcher Ben Krauth tried to pick off Brosher, but it allowed Paez to steal home to tie it up and moved Brosher to 2nd. Dimino walked, but Cone struck out swinging to end the inning.
Ping-Hsueh Chen came in to pitch the Bottom of the 7th. He issued a walk to Paez who swiped 2nd on a Jabs strikeout. Brosher struck out swinging, and Dimino singled to left, scoring Paez to make it 3-2. Chen tried to pick off Dimino, but the throwing error moved Dimino to 2nd. Cone grounded out to end the inning.
With Gabriel Feliz pitching his 2nd inning of work, he walked Cerda & hit Tapia with a pitch to make it 1st & 2nd. Silento Sayles ran for Tapia and a ground out by Gavin Collins made it 2nd & 3rd. Nate Winfrey doubled to left, scoring Cerda & Sayles to make it 4-3 Scrappers. Feliz struck out Ice and got Pantoja to ground out to end the inning.
Chen remained in for the Bottom of the 8th and issues a leadoff walk to Luis Carpio. Desmond Lindsay blasted his 4th homer of the year to the left of the scoreboard to put Brooklyn up 5-4. Randy Valladares came in to pitch and allowed Woodmansee to reach 2nd on an error on a simple 1-3 putout. Tiberi drew a walk, but the great combo of Paez, Jabs & Brosher put an end to the rally, with Brosher being called out on an interference.
Alejandro Castro came in to close out the Top of the 9th and simply cost the team the game. Mejia reached on a bunt single because Castro didn’t cover first. Isaacs singled to 2nd and Mejia took 3rd on a throwing error by Paez. Calica hit a sac fly to center to tie it up. With Cerda up, a wild pitch sent Isaacs to 2nd. Cerda struck out, but another wild pitch allowed Cerda to reach base and sent Isaacs to 3rd. Cerda swiped 2nd and another wild pitch by Castro scored Isaacs and moved Cerda to 3rd. Castro struck out Sayles, walked Collins and struck out Winfrey to end the inning.
Kenny Mathews came in to pitch the Bottom of the 9th for the Scrappers. After getting two outs, he issues two walks before striking out Woodmansee to end the inning.