Norwich, CT – July 12 – The Cyclones snapped their four game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Connecticut Tigers on Thursday night at Dodd Stadium. Rainy Lara (3-1) tossed 6.0 solid innings, allowing just a single run on three hits while striking out eight. Lara moved into the New York-Penn League lead with 31 strikeouts on the season.
After being shutout the night prior, the Cyclones wasted little time getting on the board on Thursday. Dimas Ponce started the threat with a single before moving into scoring position when Phillip Evans walked to put a pair of runners aboard for Alex Sanchez. Sanchez, who has hit safely in every road game this season, responded with a line drive single to score Ponce and but Brooklyn in front 1-0.
The lead would be short lived however, because Jake Stewart led off the bottom of the frame with a solo blast for the Tigers to knot the game at 1-1. But that is all the offense Connecticut would be able to muster against Rainy Lara, who retired 16 in a row from the first inning through the sixth.
With Lara dealing on the mound, the Cyclones offensive outburst in the second inning would prove to be more than enough. Stefan Sabol started the inning with a double and Brandon Nimmo worked a one-out walk to put a pair of runners aboard. With Eudy Pina batting, a wild pitch put two runners in scoring position, which allowed an RBI groundout from the rightfielder to plate a run to put Brooklyn ahead 2-1. The lead would swell one batter later when Juan Gamboa connected on an RBI single to chase home Nimmo and push the lead to 3-1.
After two scoreless frames, the Cyclones capped the scoring for the evening in the top of the fifth. Ponce worked a two-out walk and then swiped second base before coming home on an RBI single from Phillip Evans to give Brooklyn the 4-1 lead.
Logan Taylor, the Mets 11th round selection in the 2012 draft, made his professional debut with a perfect inning of relief in the seventh before handing the ball over to Paul Sewald who pitched a scoreless eighth. John Mincone closed out the win for his second save of the year.
The Cyclones will look to take the rubber game of the series on Friday night when Gabriel Ynoa(1-0) toes the rubber for Brooklyn. The team will then head to State College for a three-game set with the Spikes before returning to Brooklyn on Tuesday night.
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