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August 13th – Niles, OH – Cyclones pitchers retired the final 17 batters they faced and allowed only two hits as Brooklyn defeated Mahoning Valley 2-1 on Saturday night at Eastwood Field. With the win, the Cyclones moved to ½ a game out of the Wild Card leading Williamsport Crosscutters.
After two scoreless frames to start the game, the Cyclones drew first blood in the top of the third inning. Danny Muno walked to start the threat and Javier Rodriguez was issued a two-out free pass to move Muno into scoring position for Richard Lucas. The Cyclones third baseman smashed a double down the thirdbase line, only his second extra base hit in the last two weeks, to score Muno and give Brooklyn a 1-0 advantage.
In the fourth inning, the Scrappers drew even with a two-out rally of their own. After Randy Fontanez retired the first two batters in the frame, he issued back-to-back walks to Jake Lowery and Jordan Smith and then Todd Hankins laced a single to left field to plate a run and knot the game at 1-1.
But, as was the case Friday evening, the Cyclones took advantage of wildness from Mahoning Valley pitching to take the lead for good. On Friday, Scrappers hurlers threw seven wild pitches, on Saturday they only threw one but that would be prove to be the difference in the game. In the top of the sixth, Richard Lucas and Charley Thurber singled to put a pair of runners on before a wild pitch from Ramon Cespedes (0-1) moved both runners into scoring position. Cole Frenzel then hit a ground ball to second base that allowed Lucas to score and give Brooklyn a 2-1 lead.
That is how the game would end because Steven Winnick (2-0) and Todd Weldon were perfect through their five innings of work, not allowing a hit or a walk while striking out seven. Weldon struck out five of the nine batters he faced on the way to collecting his fourth save of the year.
The Cyclones will close out their three game set against Mahoning Valley on Sunday at 5:05 when LHP Chris Hilliard returns from the Disabled List to make the start of the Cyclones. The team will then return home after the all-star break on Monday and Tuesday to take on the Jamestown Jammers in the first of three on Wednesday evening.