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ERRORS CLIP BIRDS, CYCLONES WIN 6-2

ERRORS CLIP BIRDS, CYCLONES WIN 6-2

For half of the night it seemed as if the IronBirds and Cyclones were going to have another game that would go down to wire.  However, thanks to five Aberdeen errors, the Cyclones were able to get plenty of runs on the board to defeat Aberden 6-2, and hold onto their first place spot atop the McNamara Division.

The Cyclones kicked things off in the first inning with some good ol’ fashioned small ball. Leadoff hitter and Brooklyn centerfielder Tucker Tharp started the bottom half of the first inning by reaching on an infield single. The Cyclones would then trade base runners on a fielder’s choice by Amed Rosario, bringing Jhoan Ureña to the plate. Ureña would slap a double down the right field line, putting Aberdeen’s pitcher Stephen Tarpley in an early jam.

With his team in a position to strike, Michael Katz hit a pop up into shallow right field. Fortunately for Katz, all three fielders in the area misjudged the ball, which would score Rosario. Tarpley would not succumb under the pressure of having runners on the corner, first picking off Michael Katz at first base after he fell asleep at the base. A few pitches later he would get out of the inning by catching Michael Bernal looking at a pitch that nicked the outside corner for strike three.

It would not take long for the IronBirds to respond to the productive Brooklyn first inning. On the first pitch he saw, Aberdeen third baseman Hector Veloz hit a screamer over the left field wall to tie the game at one.

In the third inning, the top of the Brooklyn lineup got things going once more at the plate, starting off with a 1-out bloop single from Rosario. Just as they did, the Cyclones traded base runners as a result of a fielder’s choice, this time coming on a groundout by Ureña. It seemed as if Tarpley was going to make it through the inning unscathed when he was able to get Katz to hit a soft grounder back to the mound but Tarpley’s throw would sail over the first baseman, sending Katz to second and allowing Ureña to score.

The IronBirds would remain quiet until the sixth inning when a leadoff home run to the bleachers in right field off the bat of Jamill Moquete would tie the game once again.

In the seventh inning, Gamboa went to the bullpen bringing in righty Mike Hepple. Hepple would easily get through three Aberdeen batters. The IronBirds followed suit and brought in Brady Adamek. Things would not go as smoothly for Adamek as they did for Hepple.

The Cyclones immediately jumped on Adamek with Tharp hitting a sharp liner to left field, getting in for a leadoff double. Rosario would come up next and hit a ground ball up the middle that Aberdeen second baseman Steve Wilkerson would rob. Wilkerson, who made great plays all night, would not make another one during this at-bat, overthrowing his first baseman. The error would allow Tharp to round third and score.

For a minute it seemed the defensive miscues by the IronBirds had come to an end as they handled a routine ground out by Ureña and were able to get Rosario on a throw to home. Following the Katz fielder’s choice, the IronBirds would begind to implode.

Michael Bernal would get hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second, then Tomas Nido would hit a single to drive in Katz and moving Bernal over to third. Shortly after, Jeffrey Diehl would hit a grounder to Aberdeen third baseman, but the throw over to first would sail over the first baseman, bringing in the third run of the inning, giving Brooklyn a nice 5-2 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Cyclones would take on another run for good measure off of the fifth error by Aberdeen when their shortstop mishandled a routine ground ball with Dimas Ponce on third.

Following a strong 6.0 innings outing by Casey Meisner, Mike Hepple pitched the seventh and eight innings, giving way to Brad Wieck in the ninth, who entered with a four-run cushion. Although he walked a batter, he made quick work of the four Aberdeen batters he faced to give Brooklyn a 6-2 victory.

ERRORS CLIP BIRDS, CYCLONES WIN 6-2

For half of the night it seemed as if the IronBirds and Cyclones were going to have another game that would go down to wire, with heartbreak ensuing. However, thanks to a lot of sloppy play, the Cyclones were able to get plenty of runs on the board to defeat Aberdeen once again, and hold onto their first place spot atop the McNamara Division.

The Cyclones kicked things off in the first inning with some good ol’ fashioned small ball. Leadoff hitter and Brooklyn centerfielder Tucker Tharp started the bottom half of the first inning by reaching on an infield single. The Cyclones would then trade base runners on a fielder’s choice by Amed Rosario, bringing Jhoan Ureña to the plate. Ureña would slap a double down the right field line, putting Aberdeen’s pitcher Stephen Tarpley in an early jam.

With his team in a position to strike, Michael Katz hit a pop up into shallow right field. Fortunately for Katz, all three fielders in the area misjudged the ball, which would score Rosario. Tarpley would not succumb under the pressure of having runners on the corner, first picking off Michael Katz at first base after he fell asleep at the base. A few pitches later he would get out of the inning by catching Michael Bernal looking at a pitch that nicked the outside corner for strike three.

It would not take long for the IronBirds to respond to the productive Brooklyn first inning. On the first pitch he saw, Aberdeen third baseman Hector Veloz hit a screamer over the left field wall to tie the game at one.

In the third inning, the top of the Brooklyn lineup got things going once more at the plate, starting off with a 1-out bloop single from Rosario. Just as they did, the Cyclones traded base runners as a result of a fielder’s choice, this time coming on a groundout by Ureña. It seemed as if Tarpley was going to make it through the inning unscathed when he was able to get Katz to hit a soft grounder back to the mound but Tarpley’s throw would sail over the first baseman, sending Katz to second and allowing Ureña to score.

The IronBirds would remain quiet until the sixth inning when a leadoff home run to the bleachers in right field off the bat of Jamill Moquete would tie the game once again.

In the seventh inning, Gamboa went to the bullpen bringing in righty Mike Hepple. Hepple would easily get through three Aberdeen batters. The IronBirds followed suit and brought in Brady Adamek. Things would not go as smoothly for Adamek as they did for Hepple.

The Cyclones immediately jumped on Adamek with Tharp hitting a sharp liner to left field, getting in for a leadoff double. Rosario would come up next and hit a ground ball up the middle that Aberdeen second baseman Steve Wilkerson would rob. Wilkerson, who made great plays all night, would not make another one during this at-bat, overthrowing his first baseman. The error would allow Tharp to round third and score.

For a minute it seemed the defensive miscues by the IronBirds had come to an end as they handled a routine ground out by Ureña and were able to get Rosario on a throw to home. Following the Katz fielder’s choice, the IronBirds would begind to implode.

Michael Bernal would get hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second, then Tomas Nido would hit a single to drive in Katz and moving Bernal over to third. Shortly after, Jeffrey Diehl would hit a grounder to Aberdeen third baseman, but the throw over to first would sail over the first baseman, bringing in the third run of the inning, giving Brooklyn a nice 5-2 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Cyclones would take on another run for good measure off of the fifth error by Aberdeen when their shortstop mishandled a routine ground ball with Dimas Ponce on third.

Following a strong 6.0 innings outing by Casey Meisner, Mike Hepple pitched the seventh and eight innings, giving way to Brad Wieck in the ninth, who entered with a four-run cushion. Although he walked a batter, he made quick work of the four Aberdeen batters he faced to give Brooklyn a 6-2 victory.



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