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CYCLONES RALLY LATE AGAIN; DEFEAT ABERDEEN 7-6

CYCLONES RALLY LATE AGAIN; DEFEAT ABERDEEN 7-6

ABERDEEN, MD -- JUNE 20, 2014 --  The Comeback 'Clones were at it again on Friday night as they rallied with two runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth en route to a 7-6 win over the Aberdeen IronBirds.  For Aberdeen, it was their sixth one-run loss in eight games this season.

The Cyclones (6-2) got started right away, scoring in the first inning, led by Brooklyn two-year veteran Tomas Nido who reached base with a two-out single. Michael Katz followed up with a single of his own during the next at-bat, sending Nido to third base. With runners on the corners, right fielder Michael Bernal came up and delivered for the Cyclones, hitting a triple down the right field line, driving in two runs.

The next inning, Brooklyn starter Casey Meisner made quick work of the first two batters, but hit a wall when catcher Alex Murphy came up to the plate. Murphy would give the ball a ride to left field and unfortunately for Brooklyn, over the a leaping Joe Tuschak and out of the park for a home run, the first given up by the Cyclones this season.

Aberdeen (1-7) would tie the game at two in the bottom of the second inning, but the Cyclones would quickly respond. Once again, it was the right fielder Bernal driving in a run with his second triple of the day, bringing in Michael Katz. The next at-bat, Jeffrey Diehl came up to the plate and would drive in Bernal with an rbi-single, giving Brooklyn a 4-2 lead.

A few batters later, second baseman Dimas Ponce came up to the plate with the bases loaded. Unfortunately, Ponce would pop out in foul territory and immediately after, Tyler Tharp would strikeout, stranding three men on base.

The very next half inning, the Cyclones would give back the two runs they just earned as Casey Meisner would balk to bring in a run, and designated hitter Riley Palmer would hit an rbi-single to tie the game.

In the top of the sixth, manager Tom Gamboa went to the bullpen bringing in Kelly Secrest for his pro debut. Through 5.0 innings of work, Meisner gave up four runs; three earned, five hits, a home run, and struck out seven.

While on the mound, Secrest teetered on the edge, loading the bases with one out. After striking out one, a bloop single would drop in right field, scoring two, and knocking Secrest out of the game ahead of the Cyclones 6-4. Mike Hepple would enter the game and get a pop out against his first batter to get out of the inning.

In the top of the eighth, the Cyclones had runners on second and third with one out and an opportunity to tie the game. Tuschak would strikeout bringing up Tyler Moore as a pinch-hitter for Ponce. On a 0-2 pitch, Moore would beat out a groundout to cut the Aberdeen lead to one. The next at-bat Tharp would hit a single to drive in another run and tie the game at 6-6.

In the top of the ninth, an Aberdeen miscue in the field would allow Tomas Nido stretch a double with no one out. Katz would capitalize on an opportunity to help his team regain the lead with a sacrifice fly and the Cyclones would lead going into the bottom of the ninth 7-6.

To close out the game, Gamboa gave the ball to lefty Shane Bay. The one run lead would be all the southpaw needed to pick up his second save of the season and give Brooklyn their sixth win of the year.  Mike Hepple (1-0) got the win after tossing 2.1 near-perfect innings of relief.

The win would be Brooklyn's fourth in a row and keep them atop the standings in the McNamara division of the New-York Penn League.

The Cyclones will continue their series against Aberdeen with games on Saturday and Sunday night. Brooklyn will return to MCU Park on Monday night to start a three-game series against Hudson Valley. Tickets for the series as well as the rest of the season are on sale and start at just $10. To purchase, call 718-507-TIXX, visit the MCU Park Box Office, or log onto BrooklynCyclones.com.

--Christopher Dela Rosa
BrooklynCyclones.com

 CYCLONES RALLY LATE AGAIN; DEFEAT ABERDEEN 7-6

ABERDEEN, MD -- JUNE 20, 2014 --  

The Cyclones (6-2) got started right away, scoring in the first inning, led by Brooklyn two-year veteran Tomas Nido who reached base with a two-out single. Michael Katz followed up with a single of his own during the next at-bat, sending Nido to third base. With runners on the corners, right fielder Michael Bernal came up and delivered for the Cyclones, hitting a triple down the right field line, driving in two runs.

The next inning, Brooklyn starter Casey Meisner made quick work of the first two batters, but hit a wall when catcher Alex Murphy came up to the plate. Murphy would give the ball a ride to left field and unfortunately for Brooklyn, over the a leaping Joe Tuschak and out of the park for a home run, the first given up by the Cyclones this season.

Aberdeen (1-7) would tie the game at two in the bottom of the second inning, but the Cyclones would quickly respond. Once again, it was the right fielder Bernal driving in a run with his second triple of the day, bringing in Michael Katz. The next at-bat, Jeffrey Diehl came up to the plate and would drive in Bernal with an rbi-single, giving Brooklyn a 4-2 lead.

few batters later, second baseman Dimas Ponce came up to the plate with the bases loaded. Unfortunately, Ponce would pop out in foul territory and immediately after, Tyler Tharp would strikeout, stranding three men on base.

The very next half inning, the Cyclones would give back the two runs they just earned as Casey Meisner would balk to bring in a run, and designated hitter Riley Palmer would hit an rbi-single to tie the game.

In the top of the sixth, manager Tom Gamboa went to the bullpen bringing in Kelly Secrest. Through five innings of work, Meisner gave up four runs; three earned, five hits, a homer, and struck out seven.

While on the mound, Secrest teetered on the edge, loading the bases with one out. After striking out one, a bloop single would drop in right field, scoring two, and knocking Secrest out of the game ahead of the Cyclones 6-4. Mike Hepple would enter the game and get a pop out against his first batter to get out of the inning.

In the top of the eighth, the Cyclones had runners on second and third with one out and an opportunity to tie the game. Tuschak would strikeout bringing up Tyler Moore as a pinch-hitter for Ponce. On a 0-2 pitch, Moore would beat out a groundout to cut the Aberdeen lead to one. The next at-bat Tharp would hit a single to drive in another run and tie the game at six.

In the top of the ninth, an Aberdeen miscue in the field would allow Tomas Nido stretch a double with no one out. Katz would capitalize on an opportunity to help his team regain the lead with a sacrifice fly and the Cyclones would lead going into the bottom of the ninth 7-6.

To close out the game, Gamboa gave the ball to lefty Shane Bay. The one run lead would be all Shane Bay needed to pick up his second save of the season and give Brooklyn their sixth win of the season.

The win would be Brooklyn's fourth in a row and keep them atop the standings in the McNamara division of the New-York Penn League.

The Cyclones will continue their series against Aberdeen with games on Saturday and Sunday night. Brooklyn will return to MCU Park on Monday night to start a three-game series against Hudson Valley. Tickets for the series as well as the rest of the season are on sale and start at just $10. To purchase, call 718-507-TIXX, visit the MCU Park Box Office, or log onto BrooklynCyclones.com.

--Christopher Dela Rosa
BrooklynCyclones.com



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