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TAKE FIVE! BROOKLYN WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT WITH 3-1 WIN IN ABERDEEN

TAKE FIVE!  BROOKLYN WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT WITH 3-1 WIN IN ABERDEEN  


Aberdeen, MD – June 21, 2014 – The Cyclones won their fifth straight on Saturday night and improved to 7-2 on the season thanks to a 3-1 win in 11 innings over the Aberdeen IronBirds. Marcos Molina did not factor in the decision, but was spectacular over his 7.0 innings on the mound.

Dylan Bundy, widely regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in all of professional baseball, made the start for the Aberdeen IronBirds on Saturday night. The righthander, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, made his second rehabilitation start for the ‘Birds and was extremely impressive. The fourth overall selection in the 2011 MLB Draft allowed just a walk and two hits over his 5.0 innings of work, striking out nine.

Perhaps more impressive was 19-year-old Molina, who toed the rubber for Brooklyn. The righthander tossed a season-high 7.0 innings, scattering two hits and striking out five.

With both starting pitchers on top of their game, offense was at a premium. The lone scoring chance for either team came from the Cyclones in the top of the fourth. Tucker Tharp singled to start the frame and advance to second thanks to his third stolen base of the season. Tharp’s speed continued to pay dividends, as the former Kansas Jayhawk moved up to third following a strikeout from Joe Tuschak when Aberdeen catcher Jonah Heim needed to make a throw down to first to complete the out. With Tyler Moore batting, Tharp tried to use his speed again when Bundy bounced a pitch in the dirt. But Heim was able to retrieve the pitch and throw to Bundy, covering the plate, just in time to cut down Tharp before he could score the first run of the game.

The Cyclones threatened again in the eighth, getting a runner into scoring position with one out, but Tomas Nido popped out to right, and Amed Rosario grounded out to second to end the rally.

In the bottom of the frame, with Molina out of the game, Aberdeen mounted their first offensive threat of the contest. Eddie Villasmil came out of the Cyclones bullpen and quickly found himself in trouble. Jonah Heim started the frame with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a groundout from Jay Gonzalez moved Heim to third with two outs, Villasmil plunked Justin Viele to put runners on the corners. But the righthander was able to bare down and got Stephen Wilkerson swinging to put out the fire.

After an uneventful ninth inning, Brooklyn quickly got a rally started in extra frames. The Cyclones loaded the bases with one out in the top of the 10th and looked like they were going to finally break through. Amed Rosario hit a screaming line drive right at Aberdeen second baseman Steve Wilkerson, who doubled Tomas Nido off first base to end the uprising.

After Juan Urbina posted a scoreless frame in the bottom of the 10th, Brooklyn finally broke through in the 11th. Tucker Tharp started the threat, reaching and advancing all the way to second on a throwing error by Aberdeen third baseman Hector Veloz. Joe Tuschak followed with his first hit of the game, a single, to put runners on the corners with nobody out. With Tyler Moore batting, Tuschak stole second which would prove to be important because Moore struck out swinging at a ball in the dirt, but the pitch got away from the Aberdeen catcher allowing Tharp to score, Tuschak to advance to third and Moore to reach safely on the wild pitch. After Moore stole second, Michael Bernal lined a single to left, scoring Tuschak to make it 2-0 with only one out and a runner on third. Jhoan Urena capped the scoring with an RBI groundout that pushed the third run across to give Brooklyn the 3-0 edge.

Shane Bay came in to close out the game for Brooklyn. The lefthander allowed one run on a pair of hits, but was able to shut the door for his third save of the year as Brooklyn held on for a 3-1 win. Urbina (1-0) got the win for the Cyclones.

The Cyclones will look to complete the sweep tomorrow afternoon at 5:35 when LHP Carlos Valdez will make the start for the Cyclones. The team returns home to MCU Park on Monday for their first of five home games this week. Tickets for Monday, and all Cyclones games, are available by calling 718-507-TIXX, logging on to BrooklynCyclones.com or in person at the MCU Park or Citi Field box office.

TAKE FIVE!  BROOKLYN WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT WITH 3-1 WIN IN ABERDEEN  


Aberdeen, MD – June 21, 2014 – The Cyclones won their fifth straight on Saturday night and improved to 7-2 on the season thanks to a 3-1 win in 11 innings over the Aberdeen IronBirds. Marcos Molina did not factor in the decision, but was spectacular over his 7.0 innings on the mound.

Dylan Bundy, widely regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in all of professional baseball, made the start for the Aberdeen IronBirds on Saturday night. The righthander, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, made his second rehabilitation start for the ‘Birds and was extremely impressive. The fourth overall selection in the 2011 MLB Draft allowed just a walk and two hits over his 5.0 innings of work, striking out nine.

Perhaps more impressive was 19-year-old Molina, who toed the rubber for Brooklyn. The righthander tossed a Cyclones season-high 7.0 innings, scattering two hits and striking out five.

With both starting pitchers on top of their game, offense was at a premium. The lone scoring chance for either team came from the Cyclones in the top of the fourth. Tucker Tharp singled to start the frame and advance to second thanks to his third stolen base of the season. Tharp’s speed continued to pay dividends, as the former Kansas Jayhawk moved up to third following a strikeout from Joe Tuschak when Aberdeen catcher Jonah Heim needed to make a throw down to first to complete the out. With Tyler Moore batting, Tharp tried to use his speed again when Bundy bounced a pitch in the dirt. But Heim was able to retrieve the pitch and throw to Bundy, covering the plate, just in time to cut down Tharp before he could score the first run of the game.

The Cyclones threatened again in the eighth, getting a runner into scoring position with one out, but Tomas Nido popped out to right, and Amed Rosario grounded out to second to end the rally.

In the bottom of the frame, with Molina out of the game, Aberdeen mounted their first offensive threat of the contest. Eddie Villasmil came out of the Cyclones bullpen and quickly found himself in trouble. Jonah Heim started the frame with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a groundout from Jay Gonzalez moved Heim to third with two outs, Villasmil plunked Justin Viele to put runners on the corners. But the righthander was able to bear down and got Stephen Wilkerson swinging to put out the fire.

After an uneventful ninth inning, Brooklyn quickly got a rally started in extra frames. The Cyclones loaded the bases with one out in the top of the 10th and looked like they were going to finally break through. Amed Rosario hit a screaming line drive right at Aberdeen second baseman Steve Wilkerson, who doubled Tomas Nido off first base to end the uprising.

After Juan Urbina posted a scoreless frame in the bottom of the 10th, Brooklyn finally broke through in the 11th. Tucker Tharp started the threat, reaching and advancing all the way to second on a throwing error by Aberdeen third baseman Hector Veloz. Joe Tuschak followed with his first hit of the game, a single, to put runners on the corners with nobody out. With Tyler Moore batting, Tuschak stole second which would prove to be important because Moore struck out swinging at a ball in the dirt, but the pitch got away from the Aberdeen catcher allowing Tharp to score, Tuschak to advance to third and Moore to reach safely on the wild pitch. After Moore stole second, Michael Bernal lined a single to left, scoring Tuschak to make it 2-0 with only one out and a runner on third. Jhoan Urena capped the scoring with an RBI groundout that pushed the third run across to give Brooklyn the 3-0 edge.

Shane Bay came in to close out the game for Brooklyn. The lefthander allowed one run on a pair of hits, but was able to shut the door for his third save of the year as Brooklyn held on for a 3-1 win. Urbina (1-0) got the win for the Cyclones.

The Cyclones will look to complete the sweep tomorrow afternoon at 5:35 when LHP Carlos Valdez will make the start for the Cyclones. The team returns home to MCU Park on Monday for their first of five home games this week. Tickets for Monday, and all Cyclones games, are available by calling 718-507-TIXX, logging on to BrooklynCyclones.com or in person at the MCU Park or Citi Field box office.



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