The Brooklyn Cyclones (43-21) recorded their third shutout win of the season beating the Aberdeen IronBirds (31-34) by a score of 2-0 on Friday night in front of 8,134 fans. The win give Brooklyn the series sweep and lowers the Cyclones' magic number to two.
The Cyclones' pitching shut down the IronBirds' offense, allowing just two hits and one walk without surrendering a run. Chris Hilliard (9-1) posted eight innings of shutout baseball, yielding two hits and one walk while striking out four to earn his league-leading ninth win of the season and lower his ERA to 3.77. Hilliard's nine wins tie a franchise single-season record, and the lefty will make one more regular-season start with a chance to set a new record. RHP Ryan Fraser came on in the ninth inning to preserve the shutout, surrendering two hits while striking out one for his 12th save of the season.
The Brooklyn bats scattered two runs on four hits. C Patrick Farrell went 1-for-3 on the night with one RBI and one stolen base in just his third appearance for the Cyclones this season. LF Will Cherry registered Brooklyn's only other RBI with a sacrifice fly to left in the seventh inning. DH Joe Bonfe and 1B Jeff Flagg each crossed the plate, going 2-for-3 and 1-for-3, respectively. CF Darrell Ceciliani and SS Wilifredo Tovar rounded out the offense each going 1-for-3 on the day.
The Cyclones return to MCU Park on Tuesday, August 31st to take on the Vermont Lake Monsters. Brooklyn and Vermont will complete a suspended game, starting at 6:30pm. That day will be the last t-shirt Tuesday of the season, with the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a "BC Logo" t-shirt, presented by Kristal Auto Mall. Tuesday is also Mustache Mayhem Night, and the first 1,000 fans will receive stick-on mustaches!
There's something for everyone at every Cyclones game -- free t-shirts, free jerseys, bobbleheads, fireworks, free food, and more!
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Written by Josh Mevorach