(Photo Courtesy of George Napolitano)
Batavia, NY -- July 25th -- With a two-run deficit in the sixth inning, Alex Sanchez and Stefan Sabol hit back-to-back home runs to lift the Cyclones to a 3-2 victory over the Muckdogs in Batavia on Wednesday night.

Batavia jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. With one out, Breyvic Valera was hit by a pitch by Cyclones starter Gabriel Ynoa. Patrick Wisdom then singled on a ground ball to left field. With David Washington batting, Ynoa released a wild pitch that allowed both runners to move into scoring position. Washington, however, struck out swinging. Ynoa then threw another wild pitch – this time with Jesus Montero at bat – to score Valera. Montero stranded Wisdom at third as he grounded out to shortstop Phillip Evans.

The Muckdogs hit Ynoa for another run in the fifth. Roberto De La Cruz led off with a single to left and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Steven Ramos. Ynoa got Alex Mejia to pop out to first baseman Jayce Boyd in foul territory, but then allowed a single to Valera to plate De La Cruz.

Meanwhile, Batavia starter Ben Freeman held the Cyclones scoreless until the sixth. Boyd singled on a line drive to right to reach base. Two batters later, Freeman threw a wild pitch to move Boyd to second. Back-to-back home runs by Alex Sanchez and Stefan Sabol then gave Brooklyn a 3-2 advantage. Sanchez homered to left, scoring Boyd, while Sabol hit a solo shot to center field.

That ended the night for Freeman, as he was replaced on the mound by Jose Almarante. Freeman threw 5.1 innings, allowing the three earned runs off six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Coming in from the Batavia bullpen, Almarante surrendered a single to Nelfi Zapata, but then got Richie Rodriguez to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Ynoa earned his second win of the season, going 6.0 innings and allowing two earned runs off eight hits. He walked none and struck out five. Paul Sewald threw 3.0 scoreless innings of relief to pick up his second save.

The Cyclones will continue their three-game series against the Muckdogs tomorrow night in Batavia at 11:05 AM. 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.

-Courtney Nunes

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