The Brooklyn Cyclones (34-20) scored two runs with two outs in the eighth inning to beat the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (34-20) by a score of 2-1 on Thursday night. The victory gives the Cyclones the series win, and once again ties them with the Scrappers for the best record in the NYPL.
Lefthander Jim Fuller had another great outing. The recently-named All-Star allowed just one run over 5.1 innings, scattering six hits and allowing one walk. Fuller has been a "hard-luck" starter for the Cyclones this season, going just 3-5, despite a 2.09 ERA that ranks seventh in the league, and 64 strikeouts, which rank second.
Brandon Sage relieved Fuller with 2.2 one-hit innings to earn his third win of the season, before Michael Powers (also recently named to the All-Star Team) tossed a scoreless ninth for his league-leading 11th save of the year.
The Cyclones' offense struck in the eighth inning, when Ralph Henriquez singled with two outs to represent the tying run. Alex Gregory (pictured, by George Napolitano) then delivered an RBI double, and came all the way around to score when his two-base hit was mishandled by the Scrappers.
The Cyclones return to Brooklyn on Friday, August 14th to kick off a series with the Oneonta Tigers. On the 14th, fireworks will accompany the Friday night game.
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