Batavia, NY – July 26 – The Cyclones struggled early, and then scored late, en route to a 7-1 win over the Batavia Muckdogs on Thursday afternoon. Jayce Boyd and Kevin Plawecki each collected three hits and were at the heart of a pair of rallies in the eighth and ninth innings, when Brooklyn would manufacture all of their offense.
The Muckdogs wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on Thursday afternoon, coming out swinging in the bottom of the first. Alex Mejia and Breyvic Valera started the frame with back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Garrett Wittels took advantage of the scoring change with an RBI single that scored Mejia to give Batavia the 1-0 edge.
Cyclones starter Luis Mateo settled down after that, retiring the next eight batters he faced. As has been the case all season for the hard-throwing righthander, Mateo allowed an early run, but was then nearly unhittable for the remainder of the game. Including today’s game, the 6-3, 185 pound hurler has allowed nine runs on 18 hits in the first three innings, and only one run on eight hits from the fourth inning on.
Brooklyn had several scoring opportunities - getting the tying run to third base with two-outs in the third and the fifth innings - but were unable to push the run across.
The Cyclones threatened again in the seventh inning after Stefan Sabol connected on a one-out double, before Jeff Reynolds and Eudy Pina worked two-out walks to load the bases for Brandon Nimmo. Nimmo couldn’t come through, however, grounding out to second base to end the threat, and Batavia kept a 1-0 lead.
After wasting several scoring chances, the Cyclones were finally able to break through in the top of the eighth when they sent 10 batters to the plate and took control of the game. Phillip Evans, Jayce Boyd and Kevin Plawecki started the rally with three straight singles to load the bases with nobody out. As was the case the night prior, Alex Sanchez opened the scoring for Brooklyn, this time with a sacrifice fly, and the game was tied at 1-1. Stefan Sabol kept the rally going with a booming double to left field, his second of the game, that scored Boyd and put the Cyclones in front, 2-1. Jeff Glenn worked a walk to load the bases again, and Jeff Reynolds took advantage of the opportunity with an RBI single. Eudy Pina added a sacrifice fly before Brandon Nimmo connected on an RBI single to cap the scoring and give the Cyclones a 5-1 advantage heading into the bottom of the eighth.
Brooklyn tacked on some additional insurance runs in the ninth inning, thanks to a miscue from the Muckdogs. Boyd and Plawecki were once again at the heart of the rally with a pair of singles to start the frame. Both runners would come around to score when Dimas Ponce laid down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by Batavis hurler Joe Scanio who tried to get an out at third base, but instead sent the ball into left field allowing a pair of runners to score to extend Brooklyn’s lead to 7-1.
Luis Mateo made the start for Brooklyn and was impressive once again, but did not factor in the decision. The righthander allowed just a single run on six hits over 6.2 innings while striking out seven. He handed the ball over to Logan Taylor (1-0), who recorded the final out in the seventh, and was credited with the win. Matt Koch tossed 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit to close out the win.
The Cyclones will go for the sweep in Batavia on Friday night when they send Luis Cessa (2-1) to the mound. Brooklyn will continue their road trip with three games in Mahoning Valley from Saturday to Monday, before enjoying a league-wide off day on Tuesday. The Cyclones return to MCU Park on Wednesday, August 1st to take on the Connecticut Tigers at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now by calling 718-507-TIXX, in-person at the MCU Park box office or at BrooklynCyclones.com.
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