Brooklyn, NY – July 24th – Cyclones pitching surrendered three home runs to the Aberdeen IronBirds on Tuesday as Brooklyn suffered a 6-3 defeat. The loss was the team's second in a row and fourth in the last five games.
The Cyclones were first on the board as they put up two runs in the top of the fourth. Phillip Evans hit a one-out single before moving to second when Kevin Plawecki was hit by a pitch. A double to left center by Stefan Sabol plated Evans and put Plawecki at third. Jayce Boyd then walked to load the bases. After Nelfi Zapata struck out looking, Brandon Nimmo drew his 26th walk of the season, which allowed Plawecki to score. Nimmo ranks second in the league in walks, trailing only Taylor Dugas of the State Island Yankees, who has 27.
The IronBirds, however, tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth. Lucas Herbst hit his first professional home run off Brooklyn starter Rainy Lara. Lara has now surrendered a home run in each of his last five starts. Torsten Boss, who singled to right to reach base, scored the second Aberdeen run. He was plated on a double down the left field line by Cameron Edman.
Lara lasted 6.0 innings before being replaced on the mound by Tim Peterson. Lara allowed the two earned runs, five hits and one walk. With six strikeouts today, Lara moves ahead of teammate Luis Mateo to lead the league with 44 fanned batters. Mateo ranks second in the category with 41.
Aberdeen pulled ahead in the seventh, hitting Peterson for three runs. Creede Simpson hit a leadoff single before Sam Kimmel homered to right. That was Kimmel’s first professional home run of his career. Herbst later hit a two-out triple, and was plated on a single to right by Christian Walker. That hit knocked Peterson out of the game. Ernesto Yanez came in out of the Brooklyn bullpen to get Boss to fly out for the third out of the inning.
The Cyclones added a run in the bottom half of the frame when Aberdeen starter David Richardson was replaced by Alex Schmarzo. Richardson earned his second win, going 6.0 innings and allowing two Brooklyn runs off three hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
Eudy Pina singled and stole second to begin things for the Cyclones. Juan Gamboa then reached on a throwing error by Aberdeen shortstop Anthony Caronia. Pina advanced to third on the play and later scored when Dimas Ponce grounded into a double play.
One last Aberdeen blast – this time by Edman – gave the IronBirds an eighth inning 6-3 lead and eventual victory. The home run was the second for Edman this season.
Schmarzo, who pitched 3.0 innings and allowed one run off two hits, collected his first save.
The Cyclones will begin a six-game road trip tomorrow night in Batavia, where they will take on the Muckdogs at 7:05 PM. The team will return home to MCU Park on Wednesday, August 1st to face the Connecticut Tigers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Tickets are available now by visiting the MCU box office, calling 718-507-TIXX, or CLICKING HERE.
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