Brooklyn trailed early on Wednesday night, but then exploded for nine runs as they defeated Hudson Valley 9-6. With the win the Cyclones continue their hunt for the playoffs. The Cyclones (44-29) remain a half-game ahead of Jamestown (43-29) for the wild card and three games back of Staten Island (46-26) for the division lead with three games to play.
The Cyclones got off to a bad start, as they trailed 4-0 in the first two innings, but regrouped after the second, and scored consecutively in the next four innings for a total of nine runs.
Offensively, Brooklyn combined for 15 hits, with six of the 15 being doubles. Dock Doyle and Jordan Abruzzo led the way with three hits; two of the three hits were doubles for each of them. Doyle also had two RBI and scored two runs in the ballgame. Eric Campbell, Sean Ratliff, Josh Satin and Ike Davis all had pair of hits each and Juan Lagares added a safety of his own.
RHP Pedro P. Martinez made his 15th start of the year. Martinez pitched just 1.1 innings, allowing four runs (three of them earned). LHP Jim Fuller (2-0) and RHP Jeff Kaplan replaced Martinez, and combined for 6.2 innings, allowing two runs and striking out five batters before giving way to LHP Roy Merritt (pictured, by George Napolitano) who came on to pick up his third save of the year.
The Cyclones return home on Thursday to conclude their home and home series against Hudson Valley and also return for their last homestand of the season. On Thursday, September 4th the first 5,000 fans will receive the Brooklyn Cyclones 2008 team photo.
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