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'CLONES STRUGGLES CONTINUE, LOSE 2-1

BURLINGTON, VT (August 6, 2015) – For the second straight night the Cyclones managed only four hits, losing 2-1 to the Vermont Lake Monsters at Centennial Field. Brooklyn lost its third consecutive game, wasting a strong start from RHP Andrew Church (1-3).

Vermont starter Bubba Derby held Brooklyn hitless in his 3.0 innings of work, striking out four. He worked around a two-out walk to Brooklyn catcher Brandon Brosher in the second inning and a leadoff walk to DH Jose Garcia in the third, the lone base runners he allowed.

The Lake Monsters offense handed him a lead with a two-run second inning. Brett Siddall started the frame with a bloop single to right off Church. After Chris Iriart reached on a fielder’s choice, Nick Collins laced a double into the right-center field gap to drive in Iriart. The next batter, Steven Pallares, smacked a RBI triple to nearly the same spot, giving the Lake Monsters a 2-0 lead.

Church escaped further damage, getting Skye Bolt to fly out to shallow right field and striking out Ryan Howell. He stranded runners in each of the next three frames, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing six hits and two runs, with two strikeouts.

Brooklyn’s only run came in the fifth against reliever Corey Miller (1-1) after first baseman Jeff Diehl reached when Howell mishandled a groundball to third to start the inning. With one out, left fielder Henglebert Rojas grounded a single through the left side. Garcia followed by slicing a base hit near the left field line that chased Diehl home. Rojas, however, made a costly base running mistake, getting thrown out by Siddall as he tried to advance to third. With Reyes batting, Miller then picked off Garcia at second base to end the inning.

After the unearned run in the fifth, Miller cruised, striking out four batters in his 4.0 frames out of the bullpen. The Brooklyn bullpen kept the game close with LHP Carlos Valdez retiring both batters he faced in the seventh and LHP Ruben Reyes striking out the side in the eighth.

Brooklyn got the leadoff man on in both the eighth and ninth innings against Vermont’s reliever John Gorman. Enmanuel Zabala pinch ran for Rojas after he walked in the eighth but was stranded at second base after shortstop Alfredo Reyes and center fielderTucker Tharp both struck out.

Second baseman Vinny Siena singled to left to start the ninth against Gorman. After right fielder Michael Bernal flew out to right, Siena was caught stealing second. One pitch later, third baseman David Thompson struck out to end the game.

The loss is the first defeat for Brooklyn at Centennial Field since August 18, 2012 and leaves the Cyclones just one game over .500 with a record of 23-22. The team remains a half game behind the Staten Island Yankees for first place in the McNamara division.

Brooklyn will attempt to snap a three game losing streak tomorrow when RHP Dawrin Frias makes his first start of the season for Brooklyn. First pitch is slated for 7:05 PM at Centennial Field.

BURLINGTON, VT (August 6, 2015) – For the second straight night the Cyclones managed only four hits, losing 2-1 to the Vermont Lake Monsters at Centennial Field. Brooklyn lost its third consecutive game, wasting a strong start from RHP Andrew Church (1-3).

Vermont starter Bubba Derby held Brooklyn hitless in his 3.0 innings of work, striking out four. He worked around a two-out walk to Brooklyn catcher Brandon Brosher in the second inning and a leadoff walk to DH Jose Garcia in the third, the lone base runners he allowed.

The Lake Monsters offense handed him a lead with a two-run second inning. Brett Siddall started the frame with a bloop single to right off Church. After Chris Iriart reached on a fielder’s choice, Nick Collins laced a double into the right-center field gap to drive in Iriart. The next batter, Steven Pallares, smacked a RBI triple to nearly the same spot, giving the Lake Monsters a 2-0 lead.

Church escaped further damage, getting Skye Bolt to fly out to shallow right field and striking out Ryan Howell. He stranded runners in each of the next three frames, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing six hits and two runs, with two strikeouts.

Brooklyn’s only run came in the fifth against reliever Corey Miller (1-1) after first baseman Jeff Diehl reached when Howell mishandled a groundball to third to start the inning. With one out, left fielder Henglebert Rojas grounded a single through the left side. Garcia followed by slicing a base hit near the left field line that chased Diehl home. Rojas, however, made a costly base running mistake, getting thrown out by Siddall as he tried to advance to third. With Reyes batting, Miller then picked off Garcia at second base to end the inning.

After the unearned run in the fifth, Miller cruised, striking out four batters in his 4.0 frames out of the bullpen. The Brooklyn bullpen kept the game close with LHP Carlos Valdez retiring both batters he faced in the seventh and LHP Ruben Reyes striking out the side in the eighth.

Brooklyn got the leadoff man on in both the eighth and ninth innings against Vermont’s reliever John Gorman. Enmanuel Zabala pinch ran for Rojas after he walked in the eighth but was stranded at second base after shortstop Alfredo Reyes and center fielderTucker Tharp both struck out.

Second baseman Vinny Siena singled to left to start the ninth against Gorman. After right fielder Michael Bernal flew out to right, Siena was caught stealing second. One pitch later, third baseman David Thompson struck out to end the game.

The loss is the first defeat for Brooklyn at Centennial Field since August 18, 2012 and leaves the Cyclones just one game over .500 with a record of 23-22. The team remains a half game behind the Staten Island Yankees for first place in the McNamara division.

Brooklyn will attempt to snap a three game losing streak tomorrow when RHP Dawrin Frias makes his first start of the season for Brooklyn. First pitch is slated for 7:05 PM at Centennial Field.



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