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The Cyclones were unable to complete the sweep against the IronBirds, dropping a 4-1 decision on Saturday night at KeySpan Park. The loss drops Brooklyn back to .500 with a 6-6 record and a tie for second place in the McNamara Division with Aberdeen.
OF Will Vogl continued swinging a hot bat for the Cyclones, going 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. In his second game rehabbing from Binghamton (AA), 3B Dan Murphy provided run support again, ripping an RBI single past a diving shortstop. 1B Ike Davis and 3B Zach Lutz were also productive in the middle of the Cyclones order, both lining singles to left field. 2B Josh Satin, CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Vogl all singled in the bottom of the ninth to bring the winning run to the plate, but Brooklyn was unable to complete the comeback.
RHP Tim Stronach (pictured, by George Napolitano) pitched well, but took the loss, working five innings, allowing five hits, two runs, while striking out four. RHP Jeff Kaplan made his Brooklyn debut in relief of Stronach, striking out the side in his first professional inning. Kaplan finished with two innings pitched and four strikeouts. RHP Montero Cruz followed Kaplan with two innings of relief and four strikeouts.
The Cyclones next take on the Hudson Valley Renegades on Sunday at 5 pm. On Sunday, the first 1,500 kids (14 and under) will receive a Sandy & Pee Wee Pillowcase. Kids also get to run the bases after the game!