The ever loyal Brooklyn Cyclones fans saw what they expected to see last night: For the 4th straight season, the Brooklyn Cyclones were eliminated from the playoff race.
Justin Dunn got the start for Brooklyn and threw his usual 3 shutout innings, but did allow multiple baserunners. Erik Manoah came in to pitch after him and ran into trouble in the Top of the 5th. Erik VanMeetren led off with a walk. Daniel Johnson singled to right and a sac bunt by Dalton Dulin made it 2nd & 3rd. A wild pitch scored VanMeetren and sent Johnson to 3rd. Nick Banks singled to right, scoring Johnson to make it 2-0. Oliver Ortiz grounds into a double play to end the inning.
More torture and misery for fans came in the Top of the 6th. Paul Panaccione led off with a single to left. Ryan Ripken, son of Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., struck out swinging. Andres Martinez singled to right, moving Panaccione to 3rd. Luis Vilorio reaches on a fielder’s choice, scoring Panaccione and moving Martinez due to an error by Manoah. VanMeetren singled to load the bases. Manoah struck out Johnson & Dulin to end the inning with Brooklyn down 3-0.
Dillon Becker came in to pitch the Top of the 8th. He quickly loaded the bases without giving up a hit before issuing a bases loaded walk to Dulin to score Martinez. He did strike out Banks and get Ortiz to ground out, ending the inning.
Alejandro Castro came in to pitch the Top of the 9th. He allowed a leadoff triple to Panaccione and walked Ripken. Martinez grounded into a force out, scoring Panaccione to make it 5-0 and nailing Ripken out at 2nd. Castro retired Vilorio and VanMeetren to end the inning.
The Cyclones offense produced 7 hits, but score no runs, as they have done so many times this season.