Brooklyn, NY – July 23, 2017 – The Aberdeen IronBirds held the second-best team batting average in the New York Penn-League coming into Sunday’s game. Their hot bats cooled down the red-hot Cyclones as Aberdeen defeated Brooklyn in a 10-7 slugfest.
“It’s hard,” Alfonzo said. “It’s kind of frustrating. We’ve been playing so great.”
After two quick outs in the top of the first, Cyclones starter Jose Carlos Medina allowed two hard singles. Yet, he got Trevor Craport to fly out to deep left center to end the threat. However, the IronBirds would get two quick runs in the second as the first four batters reached base — three singles, one walk — and take an early lead.
BKLYN would crack the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. Franklin Correa singled, Jeremy Wolf doubled and Leon Byrd brought Correa home with a groundout.
In the fourth, Aberdeen would strike again. Seven batters reached base and three of them scored as the lead ballooned to four. Medina was removed from the game in a rare poor start from the lefty.
“He was all over the place,” Cyclones manager Edgardo Alfonzo said. “He hung a pitch. There’s nothing you can do about it. Just try and throw strikes. Especially against (Aberdeen).”
The Cyclone offense responded in the bottom half of the inning. Three straight singles by Jose Miguel Medina, Quinn Brodey, and Walter Rasquin cut the lead to three. Scott Manea was hit by a pitch and Ricardo Cespedes rocketed a big single up the middle to bring in two runs. Trailing by one with two runners on, Correa squared to bunt and pushed it down the third baseline. When third baseman Craport looked to throw to first, no one was there and the bases were again loaded. Wolf recorded his second hit of the game into right field and the game was tied at five. The single knocked IronBird starter Tobias Myers out of the game.
Dylan Snypes had the single to put the Cyclones on top. Brodey hit his second single of the inning and brought in another run. Wolf was thrown out at home to end the frame. When it was over, the Cyclones sent 11 batters to the plate, eight of them recorded hits and six of them scored to give BKLYN a 7-5 lead.
Not to be outdone, the IronBirds kicked off the fifth with a double and a triple off of Joe to trim the lead to one. Then a single by Ben Breazeale tied the game at seven.
In the eighth, the Cyclones threatened yet again. Manea singled and Cespeed walked to give Correa a shot to record his third hit of the game in a big spot. A wild pitch put runners in scoring position but Ruben Garcia struck out Correa and Wolf to end the threat. Aberdeen would make the Cyclones pay in the top half of the sixth. A walk, error and sacrifice fly made it an 8-7 ballgame.
The barrage of opportunities didn’t stop in the bottom of the sixth, as BKLYN put two more on with two outs. This time, Rasquin had a chance to be the hero. But, a grounder to second kept the score tied. Again, Aberdeen scored after a wasted Cyclone opportunity. Tagging Nicolas Debora with two runs and bringing the lead back up to three.
“We just have to continue to be positive,” Alfonzo said. “Something good is going to come out of it.”
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