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The Brooklyn Cyclones (26-11) won an extra-inning marathon game on Monday, nearly four hours and 14 innings after it started, as they beat the Aberdeen IronBirds by a score of 3-2. With the win, Brooklyn improved to 11-4 in one run ball games this season.
LHP Jim Fuller (pictured, by George Napolitano) made his seventh start of the season for the Cyclones, and received a no decision, despite a stellar 8.0 innings, in which he allowed just two runs (one earned) and struck out eight. His eight strikouts give him with a NY-Penn League best 48 Ks on the year. Brooklyn's bullpen -- Erik Turgeon, Matias Carrillo, Michael Powers, and Mike Lynn -- then held Aberdeen scoreless for the final six frames.
Down by two runs in the bottom of the eigth, the Cyclones fought back, scoring two runs to tie the game. One run came from an RBI groundout by 1B Sam Honeck and the second by way of a clutch hit by DH Tyler Vaughn to score CF John Servidio, who walked.
In the 14th, SS Robbie Shields ignitied things with a lead-off infield single. Shields reached third after a sac bunt by 2B Luis Nieves and a groundout by Servidio. With C Ralph Henriquez at the plate, Aberdeen's pitcher tossed a wild pitch over the catcher's head, and Shields slid into home with the winning run.
The Cyclones look to continue their club best 26-11 start on Tuesday, July 28th as they will again host the division-rival Aberdeen Ironbirds at KeySpan Park courtesy of Dime Savings Bank.