Troy, NY – August 21, 2017 – The Cyclones lost their 10th straight game, a franchise worst, as the ValleyCats scored five runs in the ninth to walk-off with a 10-6 win over the Cyclones. Brooklyn snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, allowing five runs in the ninth including a walk-off grand slam.
Bruno Stadium is notoriously a hitter friendly park and on Monday night is certainly lived up to it’s reputation as the two teams combined for five home runs. Colton Shaver got things started with a solo shot in the bottom of the second to give Tri-City the early 1-0 lead.
The teams traded zeroes in the third before Brooklyn would mount a rally in the top of the fourth. Scott Manea got things started with a leadoff double and came around to score on an RBI double from Carl Stajduhar that knotted the score. For Stajduhar, it snapped an 0-for-20 drought dating to August 10th. Cuillermo Granadillo continued swinging a hot bat since his promotion from the Gulf Coast League, following with a single that put runners on the corners. Dylan Snypes hit into a force out, the second out of the frame, moving Granadillo into scoring position while Stajduhar stayed at third. Walter Rasquin took advantage of the scoring chance with a double down the left field line that plated a pair and gave the Cyclones a 3-1 edge. Quinn Brodey kept the carousel going with an RBI single of his that pushed the lead to 4-1.
In the bottom of the frame, Brooklyn starter Nicolas Debora allowed his second home run of the game – a solo shot off the bat of Michael Papierski – that make it 4-2. That would be all the offense that the righthander would allow as he was able to strike out J.J Matijevic with a pair of runners aboard in the fifth to put a bow on his night. Debora went 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with one walk and four strikeouts and left the game with the Cyclones in front.
Brooklyn added to their lead in the sxith as Jose Maria connected on his third home run of the year – a solo blast – to make it 5-2. But with Debora out of the game, the ValleyCats were able to get their bats going against Cyclones reliever Gregorix Estevez. The Brooklyn reliever walked the first two batters he faced, and Kyle Davis took advantage of scoring chance with a two-out RBI single that trimmed the lead to 5-3.
An inning later, after a throwing error by Walter Rasquin allowed the leadoff man to reach, JJ Matijevic tied things up with a two-run blast that made it 5-5 after seven innings of play.
But in the eighth Brooklyn would grab the lead again, this time courtesy of a pair of defensive miscues from the ValleyCats. Scott Manea reached on an error by third baseman Adrian Tovalin to start the frame and, after Jose Maria struck out, Carly Stajduhar reached on another error to put a pair of runners aboard. After Granadillo walked to load the bases, Dylan Snypes stroked a single into left field to score Manea and give Brooklyn a 6-5 edge.
But in the bottom of the ninth, the ValleyCats clawed back as Brooklyn reliever Joe Napolitano blew the save. Bryan De La Cruz had a one-out double to start the rally before Matijevic was walked intentionally to put the winning run aboard. Napolitano rallied to strikeout Gabriel Bracamonte for out number two, setting up a show down with Adrian Tovalin. The ValleyCats third baseman connected on a 2-0 offering and lined a game-tying single into left field as De La Cruz scored the tying run. Michael Papierski then walked to load the bases for Colton Shaver. Shaver, who hit a solo blast earlier in the game, then capped the rally with a grand-slam home run to walk the ValleyCats off in style with a 10-6 win. It was the fourth home run of the game for the ValleyCats, and the NYPL leading 37th home run allowed by Cyclones pitching this season.
After the game, both benches cleared as Joe Napolitano and ValleyCats reserve Jonathan Arauz got into an altercation while the ValleyCats celebrated their win.
The Cyclones will return to Coney Island to open a three-game series with the Hudson Valley Renegades on Tuesday night hoping for a change of luck with Jake Simon on the mound.