Brooklyn, NY – August 12th – The Brooklyn Cyclones beat the Lake Monsters 10-5, in a game dominated by offense. The Cyclones erupted for 10 runs on 14 hits as they completed the sweep of Vermont and moved themselves to within one game of first place Hudson Valley.
For just the second time this year, Rainy Lara gave up more than three earned runs as he battled through five innings of work. In the top of the second the Lake Monsters took an early 1-0 lead thanks to a double by Daniel Robertson that was followed up by an RBI single from Miguel Marte.
The Lake Monsters added to their lead in the top of the fourth to make it 2-0, but the Cyclones struck right back to take their first lead of the ballgame. In the bottom of the fourth, the team batted around en route to scoring four runs thanks to five hits and one walk. Dimas Ponce, Phillip Evans and Kevin Plawecki all singled to load the bases with no outs and Alex Sanchez coming to the plate. Sanchez was able to able to capitalize on the opportunity as he doubled down the left field line to tie the game at 2-2. Nelfi Zapata then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Plawecki and give Brooklyn a 3-2 lead. After Julio Concepcion walked, Richie Rodriguez singled to left field to score Sanchez and give the Cyclones a 4-2 lead.
Vermont was unfazed though as there offense struck again in the fifth. Sam Roberts led off with a single and moved to second after Reynaldo Mateo walked. Austin Booker grounded into a fielder’s choice that Phillip Evans threw to second for one out but there was no throw to first. With runners on the corners, Chris Bostick singled up the middle to score Roberts and cut the Cyclones lead to 4-3. The Lake Monsters weren’t done yet as Brett Vertigan ripped a single to center field to score Booker and tie the game at 4-4.
In the fifth inning, Ponce took it upon himself to give the Cyclones the lead as he hit a home run just over the left field wall, his first round-tripper since August 14th of last year. The Cyclones bats wouldn’t go silent as they would add four more runs in the bottom of the sixth and one in the bottom of the seventh to put the Cyclones up 10-4.
With just 22 games remaining in the regular season, the Cyclones have a six-game lead in the Wild Card and are now one game back of the Hudson Valley Renegades for a share of first place in the McNamara Division. Make sure to come out to MCU Park on August 21st at 7:00 PM when they take on the Tri-City ValleyCats. Tickets are available now by visiting the MCU box office, calling 718-507-TIXX, or CLICKING HERE.
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