The Cyclones took the rubber game of their series with State College, winning 7-6. The win is Brooklyn's second straight, and improves the team's record to 13-14.
The Cyclones bats did some early damage, as DH Reese Havens and 3B Zach Lutz each hit solo home runs in the first inning. Havens finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Lutz was 2-for-4 to raise his season average to a team-high .333.
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis also continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4 to raise his average to .286. OF Angel Pagan played his third straight rehab game for Brooklyn, and went 1-for-4 with a stolen base. Pagan stole a base in each game of his rehab assignment with Brooklyn, and added to his franchise career-best total he originally set in 2001 (33).
18-year-old RHP Jenry Mejia made his second start of the year, and pitched four innings, allowing four runs. RHP Wendy Rosa relieved Mejia in the fifth inning and pitched one third of inning, leaving with the bases loaded. LHP Roy Merritt (1-0) came in to rescue the Cyclones, however, when he struck out the last two batters to end the inning. Merritt pitched 2.1 scoreless innings and struck out six batters. RHP Yury Santana, pitched 2.2 more scoreless frames and RHP Stephen Clyne escaped a jam in the ninth with a strikeout to earn his second save in as many games.
The Cyclones are off tomorrow and go on the road for four games, as they travel to Oneonta for three games and to Staten Island for one. They return home to face the Staten Island Yankees on Sunday. Sunday’s game will be presented by Local 926, and kids run the bases after the game. In addition, former Brooklyn Dodger George "Shotgun" Shuba will be in attendance.
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