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THREE IN A ROW

Three was the number of the day on Tuesday, as Brooklyn won its third straight game to remain three games out of first place, thanks to three runs in the first three innings, and three runs in the ninth (thanks to a three-bagger that scored all three runs).  Three Brooklyn pitchers -- Chris Schwinden, Wendy Rosa, and Roy Merritt -- combined to shut down the Doubledays, as the Cyclones eventaully beat Auburn 6-2.

Schwinden (pictured, by George Napolitano) made the start, and won his third straight game, pitching six innings in which he allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, and had five strikeouts.  Schwinden was also named to the NYPL All-Star Team on Tuesday.  Rosa relieved Schwinden with one hitless inning, before Roy Merritt came on for the final two innings, in which he, too, did not allow a hit, earning his first save of the season.

The Cyclones jumped out to an early lead on a J.R. Voyles double in the first inning that scored Kirk Nieuwenhuis.  After Auburn tied the score, Sean Ratliff put Brooklyn back on top with a solo home run in the second inning -- his third of the year.  Then, in the third inning, Brooklyn scored its third run when an Ike Davis single plated Jordan Abruzzo.  The Cyclones offense then stayed quiet until the ninth, when Nieuwenhuis belted a triple with the bases loaded to score three more insurance runs.

Nieuwenhuis was 2-for-4 on the day, as was Ratliff.  Voyles, Abruzzo, Davis, and Matt Smith notched Brooklyn's other hits.

The Cyclones return home on Friday, August 15th to start a series against Tri-City. On Friday, there will be Fireworks after the game, and the game is presented by Sovereign Bank.    
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