The Cyclones were looking to take the rubber game of the series against the Williams Crosscutters and they were able to do just so. This was thanks to great starting pitching from Merandy Gonzalez.
Jesus Alastre led off the Bottom of the 1st with a single to third and a bad throw by 3B Blake Tiberi moved Alastre to 3rd. Luke Maglich was called out on strikes, and David Martinelli hit the ball back to Gonzalez, who threw to catcher Dan Rizzie to nail Jesus Alastre at the plate. Gonzalez struck out Darick Hall to end the inning.
Lucas Williams led off the Bottom of the 2nd with a bunt single. Gregori Rivero hit the ball to deep center, resulting in an RBI triple that scored Williams. Gonzalez struck out Luis Encarnacion & Chandler Hall before getting Evan Rogers to fly out to end the inning.
Both the Cyclones and Crosscutters got hits in the 3rd, but the players never moved past first. Desmond Lindsay led off the Top of the 4th with a double to right, but never moved from there.
Chandler Hall & Evan Rogers led off the Bottom of the 5th with singles to make it 1st & 2nd. Alastre bunted the ball to Gonzalez, who threw to 3rd to nail Hall. Maglich lined the ball to 2B Michael Paez who fired to first to double off Alastre to end the inning.
With one out in the Top of the 7th, Darryl Knight doubled to left. Blake Tiberi singled to center, but didn’t move Knight. That would knock out starter Ranger Suarez for Carlos Indriago. Rizzie walked, loading the bases. Hengelbert Rojas walked, scoring Knight to tie it at 1-1. Arnaldo Berrios singled to left, scoring Tiberi to give Brooklyn a 2-1 lead. Paez popped the ball up and was called on the infield fly rule. Ali Sanchez flew out to end the inning.
Rivero led off the Bottom of the 7th by reaching on an error. Enmanuel Garcia ran for Rivero. Encarnacion was hit by pitch, moving Garcia to 2nd. Chandler Hall struck out by bunting the ball foul with two strikes.
That would end the night for Merandy Gonzalez, who left with 93 pitches, 63 of them being strikes. He gave up 7 hits, an earned run with 8 strikeouts. Adam Atkins came in and struck out Rogers before getting Alastre to ground out.
The 8th saw many changes in the scorecards. In the Top half, Jake Kelzer came in to pitch and Henri Lartigue came in to catch. Lindsay was called out on strikes and was not happy and got ejected by HP umpire Jude Koury. Sean Ratliff also mouthed off was ejected by Koury for the 2nd time this season. Colby Woodmansee grounded out and Knight struck out to end the inning.
The Bottom of the 8th saw Cone come in for Lindsay and Gabriel Feliz take the mound for Brooklyn. Maglich did not like a strike call by Koury and was tossed from the game. Manager Pat Borders did not like it and was also ejected. Juan Luis came in to finish the at bat. Luis struck out, but it was changed to Maglich. Martinelli also struck out swinging, and Darick Hall grounded out, ending the inning.
Joseph Zanghi came in to pitch the Bottom of the 9th. After getting the first two guys out before Encarnacion doubled to center. Luis Espiritu Jr. ran for him, but Zanghi struck out to end the game, giving Brooklyn a 2-1 win.