Brooklyn, NY – August 4th - The Cyclones defeated the Auburn Doubledays in the three-game series opener 4-1 as Hansel Robles pitched a gem. The Cyclones offense took advantage of the Doubledays relief pitchers' lack of control as they walked four batters in one inning to give the Cyclones the win.
Robles threw 7.0 innings of three-hit baseball, walking none and striking out eight batters. He was credited with giving up one run, but it was an unearned run. Paul Sewald came in to pitch to the eighth and Tyler Vanderheiden closed the door for his eighth save of the year.
The Cyclones offense didn’t give the pitching staff much comfort as they were able to score only run, but that was enough. For the second consecutive game, Brandon Nimmo led the game off with a double that was followed up by a single by Phillip Evans. With men on the corners and nobody out, Doubledays catcher Spencer Kieboom committed a pass ball, allowing Nimmo to score and moving Evans to second. Almost identical to last night's game, all the Cyclones' runs came in the first inning and the team looked to the pitching staff to lock it down.
The Doubedays were able to take advantage of a defensive miscue by Dimas Ponce in the top of the sixth inning. Narciso Mesa grounded to Ponce deep behind the bag and threw it over the head of first baseman Jayce Boyd and going into the Cyclones dugout. That would move him to second base with no out and Spencer Kieboom would sacrifice bunt and move Mesa to third with one out. Mike McQuillan then grounded out to first base, but Mesa was able to score and tie the game.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Cyclones were able to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dimas Ponce led the inning off with a double and moved to third thanks to a sac bunt by Richie Rodriguez. Nimmo and Evans walked to load the bases and Jayce Boyd also drew a walk to give the Cyclones a 2-1 lead. Kevin Plawecki then hit a deep sac fly to left field to score Nimmo and extend the lead to 3-1. After the fourth walk of the inning to Stefan Sabol, the bases were loaded again, this time for Alex Sanchez. He would beat out an infield single to score the third run of the inning and give the Cyclones a 4-1 lead.
Be sure to come out tomorrow to support your Brooklyn Cyclones, as New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana will be on the mound. The first 3,000 fans will also receive an orange bat for Sunday Funday. First pitch is at 5:00 PM tomorrow, August 5th. Tickets are available now by visiting the MCU box office, calling 718-507-TIXX, or CLICKING HERE.
- Julian Rifkind
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