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THE DEFENSE RESTS IN 4-3 LOSS

THE DEFENSE RESTS IN 4-3 LOSS

TROY, NY – AUGUST 28, 2014 – The Cyclones defensive struggles continued on Thursday evening in Troy, NY as Brooklyn tied their franchise-record with six errors, including a pair in the bottom of the ninth that led to the game-winning run. The Cyclones have now committed a franchise-record 111 miscues this season, and have committed six errors, the new-franchise mark, twice in the last eight games. Brooklyn had never committed six errors in a game over the first 13 seasons in franchise history.

Last week at MCU Park, Tri-City starter Joe Musgrove kept the Cyclones off the scoreboard over 7.0 innings of work. This evening, the Cyclones wasted little getting to the former first-round selection, drawing first blood on the top of the first. Adrian Abreu led off the game with a double to left field and advance to third after a one-out single from Michael Conforto that put runners on the corner. Jhoan Ureña took advantage of the scoring chance with a line drive single to center field to give him a team-high 44 RBI on the season, and but Brooklyn ahead 1-0.

The lead would be short lived though, as the ValleyCats clawed back in the bottom of the frame. Alfredo Gonzalez started the threat with a one-out double and advanced to third thanks to his fifth stolen base of the year. The Tri-City catcher would come home on a Jose Solano groundout that knotted the game at 1-1.

The see-saw scoring continued in the top of the second as Brooklyn snatched the lead right back. Tucker Tharp and Anthony Chavez started the frame with back-to-back singles and the pair moved into scoring position thanks to an Alfredo Reyes sacrifice bunt. Abreu took advantage of the scoring chance with an RBI groundout before Amed Rosario plated the third run of the game with an RBI double as the Cyclones jumped ahead 3-1.

That’s how it would stay for a while as Musgrove and Brooklyn starter Martires Arias settled down and matched zeroes until the bottom of the fifth when Tri-City would draw even. Jason Martin collected a one-out single to start the rally, before stealing second and moving to third on a throwing error for Cyclones catcher Adrian Abreu. After Arias struck out Alex Hernandez for the second out, and it seemed like the right hander may be able to wiggle out of trouble, Alfredo Gonzalez connected on an RBI triple to make it 3-2 before coming home to score when Jose Solano followed suit with a single that knotted the game at 3-3.

Both bullpens dominated over the next three innings as the score remained tied until the bottom of the ninth when the ValleyCats would send their fans home happy courtesy of numerous defensive lapses from the Cyclones. Mott Hyde led off the frame by reaching on a fielding error by Jhoan Urena. Hyde advanced to second on a wild pitch from Brooklyn reliever Eddie Vilasmil, and moved to third when Jason Martin popped up a bunt that wasn’t handled by Brooklyn. Alex Hernandez then hit a shallow pop up to rightfield, that didn’t seem like it was deep enough to score Hyde, but Brooklyn rightfielder Michael Bernal dropped the pop up and allowed the winning run to score.

Despite the loss, the Cyclones maintained their 2.0 game lead in the race for the final spot in the New York-Penn League playoffs thanks to a Connecticut Tigers loss at the hands of the Hudson Valley Renegades this evening. With four games remaining, the Cyclones need a combination of three Brooklyn wins / Connecticut losses to clinch a playoff spot.

The Cyclones and ValleyCats will square off in Game Two of the three-game set tomorrow evening at Joseph Bruno Stadium when RHP Corey Oswalt takes the mound for the ‘Clones. The team will return home on Sunday for their MCU Park regular season finale against the Staten Island Yankees starting at 6:00 PM.

 

THE DEFENSE RESTS IN 4-3 LOSS

TROY, NY – AUGUST 28, 2014 – The Cyclones defensive struggles continued on Thursday evening in Troy, NY as Brooklyn tied their franchise-record with six errors, including a pair in the bottom of the ninth that led to the game-winning run. The Cyclones have now committed a franchise-record 111 miscues this season, and have committed six errors, the new-franchise mark, twice in the last eight games. Brooklyn had never committed six errors in a game over the first 13 seasons in franchise history.

Last week at MCU Park, Tri-City starter Joe Musgrove kept the Cyclones off the scoreboard over 7.0 innings of work. This evening, the Cyclones wasted little getting to the former first-round selection, drawing first blood on the top of the first. Adrian Abreu led off the game with a double to left field and advance to third after a one-out single from Michael Conforto that put runners on the corner. Jhoan Ureña took advantage of the scoring chance with a line drive single to center field to give him a team-high 44 RBI on the season, and but Brooklyn ahead 1-0.

The lead would be short lived though, as the ValleyCats clawed back in the bottom of the frame. Alfredo Gonzalez started the threat with a one-out double and advanced to third thanks to his fifth stolen base of the year. The Tri-City catcher would come home on a Jose Solano groundout that knotted the game at 1-1.

The see-saw scoring continued in the top of the second as Brooklyn snatched the lead right back. Tucker Tharp and Anthony Chavez started the frame with back-to-back singles and the pair moved into scoring position thanks to an Alfredo Reyes sacrifice bunt. Abreu took advantage of the scoring chance with an RBI groundout before Amed Rosario plated the third run of the game with an RBI double as the Cyclones jumped ahead 3-1.

That’s how it would stay for a while as Musgrove and Brooklyn starter Martires Arias settled down and matched zeroes until the bottom of the fifth when Tri-City would draw even. Jason Martin collected a one-out single to start the rally, before stealing second and moving to third on a throwing error for Cyclones catcher Adrian Abreu. After Arias struck out Alex Hernandez for the second out, and it seemed like the right hander may be able to wiggle out of trouble, Alfredo Gonzalez connected on an RBI triple to make it 3-2 before coming home to score when Jose Solano followed suit with a single that knotted the game at 3-3.

Both bullpens dominated over the next three innings as the score remained tied until the bottom of the ninth when the ValleyCats would send their fans home happy courtesy of numerous defensive lapses from the Cyclones. Mott Hyde led off the frame by reaching on a fielding error by Jhoan Urena. Hyde advanced to second on a wild pitch from Brooklyn reliever Eddie Vilasmil, and moved to third when Jason Martin popped up a bunt that wasn’t handled by Brooklyn. Alex Hernandez then hit a shallow pop up to rightfield, that didn’t seem like it was deep enough to score Hyde, but Brooklyn rightfielder Michael Bernal dropped the pop up and allowed the winning run to score.

Despite the loss, the Cyclones maintained their 2.0 game lead in the race for the final spot in the New York-Penn League playoffs thanks to a Connecticut Tigers loss at the hands of the Hudson Valley Renegades this evening. With four games remaining, the Cyclones need a combination of three Brooklyn wins / Connecticut losses to clinch a playoff spot.

The Cyclones and ValleyCats will square off in Game Two of the three-game set tomorrow evening at Joseph Bruno Stadium when RHP Corey Oswalt takes the mound for the ‘Clones. The team will return home on Sunday for their MCU Park regular season finale against the Staten Island Yankees starting at 6:00 PM.



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