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BYE FIVE! CYCLONES SNAP LOSING SKID WITH 7-0 WIN

BYE FIVE!  CYCLONES SNAP LOSING SKID WITH 7-0 WIN 

It was a special 1PM start for the Cyclones on Sunday, hosting their first ever weekend day game in conjunction with Jewish Heritage day at MCU Park. As they wrapped up their series against the Aberdeen IronBirds, just over 15 hours after Brooklyn's 18-2 debacle the night before, they looked to snap their five game losing streak and avoid a sweep against what was once a struggling Aberdeen squad.

It was another lopsided game at the park, except the Cyclones were the victors this time, defeating the IronBirds 7-0, picking up their first win of the weekend.

Unlike his previous start, Carlos Valdez was able to make it through the entire first inning without giving up a hit, and striking out the first two batters he faced.

After the Cyclones batters went down in order, Valdez returned to the mound. After issuing a walk to the Aberdeen first baseman Hector Veloz and allowing him to advance on a wild pitch and then stolen base, Valdez found himself in a small jam with only one out in the inning. Valdez was able to get a key strikeout and groundout to strand Veloz out of the inning and keep the game scoreless.

With his parents in the crowd celebrating their 28th anniversary, first baseman Michael Katz connected on a pitch from John Means, sending a liner down the first baseline for a leadoff double. Katz would be advanced by Bernal on a groundout, but the Cyclones attempt to take the lead would come to a screeching halt when Jeff Diehl lined out to the first baseman who was able to gun it over to third, getting Katz out before he was able to get back to the base.

Following a scoreless third inning and top of the fourth, Tucker Tharp came up in the bottom half of the inning, looking to jumpstart the quiet Brooklyn offense. He got things going with a soft liner to right field, and followed it up with a stolen base right before Amed Rosario would hit single up the middle to put runners on the corners for Jhoan Ureña.

The night before, Ureña had his 12 game hit streak snapped but did not let it affect him during his second at-bat of the game, getting himself an opposite field single to drive in Tharp, and putting Rosario in scoring position. After falling behind in the count, Katz picked up right where he left off in the second inning, this time pulling the ball down the left field line for his second double of the game, driving in Rosario. The Cyclones would get another off of a ground out by Diehl to head into the fifth inning with a 3-0 lead.

Despite giving up a leadoff double to Federico Castagnini, Valdez made sure to stay focused, striking out the next two batters and getting Austin Pfeiffer to fly out in foul territory, keeping his shutout intact through five innings of work.

The Cyclones bats began to get going once again in the bottom of the sixth with Ureña, Bernal, and Diehl all hitting singles. On Diehl’s a hit, an error on the throw from the Aberdeen catcher Alex Murphy to first baseman Hector Veloz allowed Ureña to score. Because Diehl reached base on a single, before the error, his hit streak was extended to 10 games.

After Diehl’s at-bat, another pair of singles from Tyler Moore and Adrian Abreu would load the bases with just one out and the Cyclones already ahead 5-0. Joe Tuschak entered the box after struggling for some time, and roped a ball into right field that would plate Diehl and Moore, extending the Brooklyn lead by another two runs.

After entering the game in the sixth inning, Gaither Bumgardner closed out the top of the ninth with another clean inning to throw his fourth inning of perfect baseball following Valdez’s strong 5.0 innings of two-hit baseball. Bumgardner picked up his second save of the season and the Cyclones snapped their five game losing streak.

The Cyclones continue their home stand with four games over the course of 24 hours, starting on Monday night against the Hudson Valley Renegades. With tickets just starting at $10, head down to MCU Park and catch plenty of baseball. To purchase tickets, visit the MCU Park box office, call 718-507-TIXX, or log on to BrooklynCyclones.com.

BYE FIVE!  CYCLONES SNAP LOSING SKID WITH 7-0 WIN 

It was a special 1PM start for the Cyclones on Sunday, hosting their first ever weekend day game in conjunction with Jewish Heritage day at MCU Park. As they wrapped up their series against the Aberdeen IronBirds, just over 15 hours after Brooklyn's 18-2 debacle the night before, they looked to snap their five game losing streak and avoid a sweep against what was once a struggling Aberdeen squad.

It was another lopsided game at the park, except the Cyclones were the victors this time, defeating the IronBirds 7-0, picking up their first win of the weekend.

Unlike his previous start, Carlos Valdez was able to make it through the entire first inning without giving up a hit, and striking out the first two batters he faced.

After the Cyclones batters went down in order, Valdez returned to the mound. After issuing a walk to the Aberdeen first baseman Hector Veloz and allowing him to advance on a wild pitch and then stolen base, Valdez found himself in a small jam with only one out in the inning. Valdez was able to get a key strikeout and groundout to strand Veloz out of the inning and keep the game scoreless.

With his parents in the crowd celebrating their 28th anniversary, first baseman Michael Katz connected on a pitch from John Means, sending a liner down the first baseline for a leadoff double. Katz would be advanced by Bernal on a groundout, but the Cyclones attempt to take the lead would come to a screeching halt when Jeff Diehl lined out to the first baseman who was able to gun it over to third, getting Katz out before he was able to get back to the base.

Following a scoreless third inning and top of the fourth, Tucker Tharp came up in the bottom half of the inning, looking to jumpstart the quiet Brooklyn offense. He got things going with a soft liner to right field, and followed it up with a stolen base right before Amed Rosario would hit single up the middle to put runners on the corners for Jhoan Ureña.

The night before, Ureña had his 12 game hit streak snapped but did not let it affect him during his second at-bat of the game, getting himself an opposite field single to drive in Tharp, and putting Rosario in scoring position. After falling behind in the count, Katz picked up right where he left off in the second inning, this time pulling the ball down the left field line for his second double of the game, driving in Rosario. The Cyclones would get another off of a ground out by Diehl to head into the fifth inning with a 3-0 lead.

Despite giving up a leadoff double to Federico Castagnini, Valdez made sure to stay focused, striking out the next two batters and getting Austin Pfeiffer to fly out in foul territory, keeping his shutout intact through five innings of work.

The Cyclones bats began to get going once again in the bottom of the sixth with Ureña, Bernal, and Diehl all hitting singles. On Diehl’s a hit, an error on the throw from the Aberdeen catcher Alex Murphy to first baseman Hector Veloz allowed Ureña to score. Because Diehl reached base on a single, before the error, his hit streak was extended to 10 games.

After Diehl’s at-bat, another pair of singles from Tyler Moore and Adrian Abreu would load the bases with just one out and the Cyclones already ahead 5-0. Joe Tuschak entered the box after struggling for some time, and roped a ball into right field that would plate Diehl and Moore, extending the Brooklyn lead by another two runs.

After entering the game in the sixth inning, Gaither Bumgardner closed out the top of the ninth with another clean inning to throw his fourth inning of perfect baseball following Valdez’s strong 5.0 innings of two-hit baseball. Bumgardner picked up his second save of the season and the Cyclones snapped their five game losing streak.

The Cyclones continue their home stand with four games over the course of 24 hours, starting on Monday night against the Hudson Valley Renegades. With tickets just starting at $10, head down to MCU Park and catch plenty of baseball. To purchase tickets, visit the MCU Park box office, call 718-507-TIXX, or log on to BrooklynCyclones.com.



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