Burlington, VT – August 20th – For the second night in a row, the Cyclones used a pair of home runs to power their way past the Vermont Lake Monsters, winning 6-1 on Monday night. Eudy Pina and Stefan Sabol each connected on their fifth home run of the season, and Julian Hilario (3-3) tossed 6.0 shutout innings for the victorious Cyclones.
After a scoreless first inning the Cyclones used the long ball to get on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning. Juan Gamboa reached on an error to start the threat, and Nelfi Zapata followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Eudy Pina was next up, and he connected on a majestic home run to deep centerfield, clearing the 405 foot mark with ease, to give Brooklyn a 3-0 advantage. Brandon Nimmo kept the rally going, beating out an infield single before stealing second base, to put himself in scoring position. Phillip Evans took advantage of the scoring chance with a line drive single to centerfield to chase home Nimmo and push the Cyclones advantage to 4-0.
After several scoreless frames, it was once again the combination of Nimmo and Evans that led to another run in the top of the sixth. The Cyclones centerfielder started the threat with his second walk of the game and came around to score when a Phillip Evans single was misplayed by right fielder John Wooten to give Brooklyn a 5-0 advantage.
With Julian Hilario dealing for Brooklyn, the five runs were more than enough. The righthander tossed 6.0 shutout innings, scattering five hits with three walks while striking out four. The Santiago, Dominican Republic native is now 3-0 with a 0.56 ERA during the month of August.
With Hilario out of the game in the seventh, Vermont was finally able to get on the scoreboard. Logan Taylor was the first arm out of the bullpen for the Cyclones, and Jacob Tanis welcomed him to the game by reaching on a fielding error to start the frame. Taylor made quick work of the next two batters, but Brett Vertigan connected on a two-out triple to score Tanis and slice the Brooklyn advantage to 5-1. The unearned run is the only blemish through the first 13.2 innings of Taylor’s professional career.
After a scoreless eighth inning, the Cyclones tacked on an insurance run in the ninth thanks to another big fly, this one was a solo blast from Stefan Sabol, to push the Brooklyn advantage to 6-1. In the bottom of the frame, the Lake Monsters scored another unearned run but Tyler Vanderheiden was able to limit the damage and Brooklyn held on for a 6-2 victory to take the rubber game of the three-game series.
The Cyclones return to MCU Park, where they have a seven-game home winning streak, to take on the Tri-City ValleyCats on Tuesday evening. RHP Rainy Lara (7-1) will toe the rubber for Brooklyn in search of his league leading eighth win. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a Bobby Parnell T-Shirt jersey. Tickets start at just $9 and are on sale now by calling 718-507-TIXX, visiting the MCU Park box office, or at BrooklynCyclones.com.
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