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AWESOME ACOSTA LEADS CYCLONES TO 5-1 WIN

AWESOME ACOSTA LEADS CYCLONES TO 5-1 WIN

In a close fight to keep possession of first place in the McNamara Division, the Cyclones were looking to break their two game losing streak with a win against the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

Entering Wednesday night’s game, Brooklyn’s starter Octavio Acosta was looking to have the same success versus the Ironbirds that he has had against the Yankees and Renegades so far this season. Acosta tossed 6.0 innings on the night and only gave up one hit, but it was that one hit that allowed the struggling Ironbirds to put a run on the board first. In the top of the first inning, Alex Murphy crushed a fastball over the left field wall to give Aberdeen an early 1-0 lead.

Acosta’s strong pitching performance was backed up with the help from the defense that was alive behind him. In the second inning, Tucker Tharp makes a diving catch in centerfield to rob Jonah Heim of a hit and end the top half of the inning. Then, with a runner on in the fourth inning, the infield makes a sharp 5-4-1 double play to kill Aberdeen’s chance of causing further damage.

The Cyclones made a few unsuccessful threats against Aberdeen’s starting pitcher, Janser Serevino, early in the game but, thanks to some small ball in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Cyclones were able to take the lead. Tomas Nido started things off by hitting an infield single. Tharp was also able to reach base safely on another infield hit to Aberdeen’s shortstop. Nido advanced safely to second. With one out, Dimas Ponce came up to bat and hit a ball towards the Ironbirds second baseman, Steve Wilkerson, who was not able to handle the ball. Nido was able to score on the error charged to Wilkerson and Tharp advanced to third. With Joe Tuschak at bat, Serevino threw a wild pitch, allowing Tharp to score the Cyclones second run and Ponce to advance to second base. Serevino was able to get out of the inning with a fly out by Tuschak and a strike out to Amed Rosario

Edioglis Villasmil took over on the mound to relieve Acosta in the seventh inning. Villasmil pitched 2.0 innings, only giving up one hit to preserve the Cyclones one-run lead going into the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Cyclones bats heated up again in the bottom of the eighth inning. Joe Tuschak led off with an infield single, which was followed by a single to center from Rosario. Ureña then hit a hard grounder to get out at first, but allowed both runners to advance into scoring position. With runners on second and third, Michael Katz hit a single through the middle of the field that drove in the two runners. Tyler Moore was also able to pick up an RBI in the eighth, when  Katz scored on a triple lined to the right field corner. Brooklyn extended the lead to 5-1 to enter the ninth inning. Shane Bay came out of the bullpen to pitch a perfect 1-2-3 inning and close out the game.

The Cyclones and Ironbirds will play game two of the series Thursday Night at 7PM. It is Jersday Thursday and World Cup Soccer Night at MCU Park, so to kick things off, the first 3,000 to enter the stadium will receive a special Brooklyn Cyclones soccer jersey. To purchase tickets, call 718-507-TIXX, visit the ticket office at MCU Park or log onto BrooklynCyclones.com

CYCLONES TAKE GAME 1vs IRONBIRDS

In a close fight to keep possession of first place in the McNamara Division, the Cyclones were looking to break their two game losing streak with a win against the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

Entering Wednesday night’s game, Brooklyn’s starter Octavio Acosta was looking to have the same success versus the Ironbirds that he has had against the Yankees and Renegades so far this season. Acosta tossed 6.0 innings on the night and only gave up one hit, but it was that one hit that allowed the struggling Ironbirds to put a run on the board first. In the top of the first inning, Alex Murphy crushed a fastball over the left field wall to give Aberdeen an early 1-0 lead.

Acosta’s strong pitching performance was backed up with the help from the defense that was alive behind him. In the second inning, Tucker Tharp makes a diving catch in centerfield to rob Jonah Heim of a hit and end the top half of the inning. Then, with a runner on in the fourth inning, the infield makes a sharp 5-4-1 double play to kill Aberdeen’s chance of causing further damage.

The Cyclones made a few unsuccessful threats against Aberdeen’s starting pitcher, Janser Serevino, early in the game but, thanks to some small ball in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Cyclones were able to take the lead. Tomas Nido started things off by hitting an infield single. Tharp was also able to reach base safely on another infield hit to Aberdeen’s shortstop. Nido advanced safely to second. With one out, Dimas Ponce came up to bat and hit a ball towards the Ironbirds second baseman, Steve Wilkerson, who was not able to handle the ball. Nido was able to score on the error charged to Wilkerson and Tharp advanced to third. With Joe Tuschak at bat, Serevino threw a wild pitch, allowing Tharp to score the Cyclones second run and Ponce to advance to second base. Serevino was able to get out of the inning with a fly out by Tuschak and a strike out to Amed Rosario

Edioglis Villasmil took over on the mound to relieve Acosta in the seventh inning. Villasmil pitched 2.0 innings, only giving up one hit to preserve the Cyclones one-run lead going into the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Cyclones bats heated up again in the bottom of the eighth inning. Joe Tuschak led off with an infield single, which was followed by a single to center from Rosario. Ureña then hit a hard grounder to get out at first, but allowed both runners to advance into scoring position. With runners on second and third, Michael Katz hit a single through the middle of the field that drove in the two runners. Tyler Moore was also able to pick up an RBI in the eighth, when  Katz scored on a triple lined to the right field corner. Brooklyn extended the lead to 5-1 to enter the ninth inning. Shane Bay came out of the bullpen to pitch a perfect 1-2-3 inning and close out the game.

The Cyclones and Ironbirds will play game two of the series Thursday Night at 7PM. It is Jersday Thursday and World Cup Soccer Night at MCU Park, so to kick things off, the first 3,000 to enter the stadium will receive a special Brooklyn Cyclones soccer jersey. To purchase tickets, call 718-507-TIXX, visit the ticket office at MCU Park or log onto BrooklynCyclones.com



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