Luis Mateo was looking for his fifth win of the season, but the Lake Monsters had other thoughts. In the bottom of the third inning, Vermont pushed across two runs for the early lead.. Kelvin Rojas led off the inning with a single to right and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Christopher Bostick. Brett Vertigan then beat out an infield single to shortstop Phillip Evans allowing Rojas to move to third. John Wooten then grounded out to Mateo, allowing Vertigan to go to second with two outs. Bruce Maxwell then singled to center scoring Rojas and Vertigan, giving the Lake Monsters the early 2-0 lead.
Paul Sewald came in relief of Mateo to start the sixth inning and shut the Lake Monsters down. However, in the seventh inning Vermont was able to score the first and second runs of the season off of Sewald to extend the lead to 4-0.
The Cyclones offense was able to push across a run in the top of the eighth inning off of Tucker Healy. Juan Gamboa led the inning off with a single to center and moved to third on a single to right by Jeff Glenn. Julio Concepcion then grounded to the shortstop who flipped the ball to second baseman Bostick for the first out of the inning. Concepcion was credited with an RBI as Gamboa crossed the plate to make it a 4-1 lead in favor of Vermont. Brandon Nimmo then struck out and Dimas Ponce drew a walk bringing up Phillip Evans with two outs. Evans represented the tying run but struck out to end the eighth inning.
The Cyclones will take on the Vermont Lake Monsters tomorrow, August 19th at 6:05 PM. The team will return to MCU Park on Tuesday, August 21st at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available by visiting the MCU box office, calling 718-507-TIXX, or CLICKING HERE.
- Julian Rifkind
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