Troy, NY -- August 17th -- After rain delayed the start of the game by 37 minutes, the Brooklyn Cyclones defeated the ValleyCats 12-4. Coming into today, Gabriel Ynoa had thrown 31.0 innings, while giving up only five earned runs working out to a 1.45 ERA. Ynoa continues this trend as he threw 5.0 innings of one-run baseball, while striking out five and walking none.
With one out in the top of the third inning, Brandon Nimmo used his speed to his advantage as he beat out a grounder to shortstop, Jean Batista, for an infield single. After Jeff Reynolds walked to put men on first and second, Phillip Evans doubled to left field, scoring Nimmo and moving Reynolds to third. Kevin Plawecki then lofted a fly ball to right field that was deep enough for Reynolds to tag up and give the Cyclones a 2-0 lead.
The ValleyCats responded right away as they put up a run in the bottom of the third, thanks to an infield single compounded with a throwing error by Jeff Reynolds. Neiko Johnson attempted a bunt down the third baseline and Reynolds fielded the ball cleanly but threw the ball wide of first base, allowing Johnson to reach third on the single with an error. Jean Batista then lined a single to left field, giving the ValleyCats the only run of the night.
The Cyclones extended their lead in the fifth inning, thanks to two hits and two walks. After Alex Sanchez walked, Nelfi Zapata popped out to first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki for the first out. Richie Rodriguez would also draw a walk to put runners on first and second with one out, bringing up Eudy Pina who singled to left field to load the bases. Brandon Nimmo then came up and continued his hot hitting in August, singling to right field scoring both Sanchez and Rodriguez to give the Cyclones a 4-1 lead.
The ValleyCats made a late push to tie the game in the eighth inning, as they were able to push across three runs, and cut the lead to 6-4. With one out, Tyler Heineman doubled to left field to bring up Austin Elkins who drew a walk. Ryan Dineen then stepped up to the plate and singled to center, scoring Heineman and moving Elkins to second. This was the first run allowed by John Mincone since June 22nd. Christian Moronta also singled up the middle, scoring Elkins and making the score 6-3. After a pitching change, a wild pitch moved runners to second and third with one out bringing up Emilio King. King would ground out for the second out, but not before Dineen scored to make it a 6-4 lead in favor of the Cyclones.
The Cyclones blew this game open in the top of the ninth inning as they added six runs to extend the lead to 12-4. The highlight of the inning was Brandon Nimmo launching a grand slam, his second Grand Slam of the season and his fourth home run of the year.
The Brooklyn Cyclones remain on the road, as they travel to Vermont to begin a three game series with the Lake Monsters starting tomorrow, August 18th at 6:05 PM. On Tuesday, August 21st the Cyclones will return to MCU Park to take on the Tri-City ValleyCats at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available by visiting the MCU box office, calling 718-507-TIXX, or CLICKING HERE.
- Julian Rifkind
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