One more nail to go to seal the coffin that contains the hopes & dreams of Brooklyn Cyclones fans for the 2016 season. For the 4th straight season, and for the 3rd time under manager Tom Gamboa, the Cyclones find themselves a loss away from the playoffs.
The Cyclones had a chance to blow the game wide open in the Bottom of the 1st, but wasted it Michael Paez & Desmond Lindsay hit 1-out singles off starter Dane Dunning to make it 1st & 3rd. Colby Woodmansee struck out swinging as usual, but Blake Tiberi walked to load the bases. Luis Carpio flew out to end the inning, leaving the bases jammed.
Raul Jacobson ran into trouble in the Top of the 2nd, as Tres Barrera hit a 1-out single to left and Paul Panaccione doubled to right to score him. Jacobson retired David Kerian & Luis Vilorio to end the inning.
With one away in the Top of the 3rd, Daniel Johnson was hit by pitch and Dalton Dulin tripled to deep center, scoring Johnson. Nick Banks hit a sac fly to send Dulin home to make it 3-0. Oliver Ortiz grounded out to end the inning.
Paez hit a 1-out homer in the Bottom of the 3rd to make it 3-1.
Clayton Brandt & Johnson hit singles in the Top of the 5th to make it 1st & 3rd with one out. Dulin hit a sac fly to center, scoring Brandt to make it 4-1. Banks grounded out to end the inning.
Gary Cornish came in to pitch after Jacobson threw 6 innings. Cornish would keep Auburn from scoring in his 3 innings of work, but the Cyclones offense couldn’t muster enough runs to win, let alone tie the game.
Antony Dimino hit a 1-out bunt single in the Bottom of the 7th and scored on a double by Gene Cone. Paez flew out for the 2nd out. A passed ball moved Cone to 3rd, but Lindsay struck out swinging to end the inning.
Blake Tiberi homered to the Brooklyn Backyard in the Bottom of the 8th off Jonny Reid to make it 4-3 and the score would remain that way, as the Cyclones would only manage 3 base-runners the rest of the way, making themselves a loss away from the playoffs for the 4th straight season.