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CYCLONES DON'T PLAY GRRRRRREAT IN LOSS TO TIGERS

CYCLONES DON'T PLAY GRRRRRREAT IN LOSS TO TIGERS


NORWICH, CT – JULY 12, 2014 –For the second night in a row, the Cyclones fell in heart breaking fashion by the score of 4-3. Cyclones reliever Josh Prevost issued a bases loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Tigers a 4-3 win.

The Cyclones wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on Saturday night, taking a lead in the top of the first. Amed Rosario and Jhoan Ureña worked back-to-back one out walks, and after Michael Katz popped out for the second out of the inning, Michael Bernal singled on a ground ball through the right side of the infield to score Rosario and give Brooklyn the early 1-0 advantage.

In the second inning, Brooklyn tacked on another run to swell their lead to 2-0. Jeff Diehl started the rally with a leadoff double and advanced to third, with nobody out, following a wild pitch. Joe Tuschak took advantage of the scoring chance, hitting a ground ball to second base where Domingo Leyba tried to come home with the throw, but Diehl was able to elude the tag and give Brooklyn the two-run lead.

That seemed like that would be all the offense that Brooklyn would need as Octavio Acosta mowed through the Connecticut lineup, retiring the first 10 batters in order. But in the fourth inning, the righthander found himself in trouble for the first time. Garrett Mattlage worked a one-out walk and advanced to third on a single from Ross Kivett. Joey Pankake was next up, and the Tigers cleanup hitter took advantage of the scoring chance with a sacrifice fly that cut the Brooklyn advantage to 2-1.

The teams traded zeroes in the fifth and sixth inning, with Ocasta retiring the side in order in each frame. But in the seventh inning the Tigers would draw even. Kivett and Pankake started the frame with back-to-back doubles to knot the score at 2-2, but Acosta was able to wiggle out of any further damage and exited the game after 7.0 strong innings of work.

In the top of the eighth, Brooklyn continued the see-saw scoring and took the lead once again. Jhoan Urena singled to left to start the rally and advanced to second when leftfielder Rashad Brown bobbled the ball. With one out, Michael Bernal hit a soft groundball through the right side that seemed like it would be enough to score Urena, but Connecticut rightfielder Ben Verlander showed that his brother isn’t the only one in the family with a strong arm as he uncorked a laser beam of a throw to the plate to gun down Urena and keep the score tied. Bernal was able to advance to second on the throw and after an intentional walk of Tyler Moore, Jeff Diehl stood in with the go-ahead run in scoring position. Diehl, who grew up in Rhode Island, was playing in front of a large contingent of his family and friends. The Brooklyn first baseman took advantage of the scoring opportunity with a line drive single that chased Bernal home and put Brooklyn in front 3-2.

The lead would be short lived however, as the Tigers scored in the bottom of the frame without a base hit. Brad Wieck was the first pitcher out of the bullpen for Brooklyn and struck out the first two batters he faced. But the righthander seemed to lose track of the strike zone after that, walking two batters and uncorking a wild pitch that put runners on the corners. Wieck was able to bare down though, and seemed like he would get out of the inning when he got Joey Pankake to hit a routine grounder to third, but Jhoan Urena bounced his throw to first base allowing the tying run to score.

The Cyclones seemed prime to take the lead back in the top of the ninth, putting runners on first and third with one out after Tucker Tharp walked and Amed Rosario executed a perfect hit-and run with a single through the vacated hole at second base. But Urena and Michael Katz struck out to end the scoring threat and keep the score knotted at 3-3.

The Cyclones went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base, which would prove to be too much to overcome as the Tigers would walk-off with a win in the bottom of ninth. Josh Prevost retired the first batter he faced but a walked a pair and issued a single to load the bases with two outs for Garrett Mattlage. The Tigers second baseman, who leads the NYPL in walks, worked a based loaded walk to force home a run and give Connecticut the 4-3 win.

The Cyclones will look to rebound tomorrow after noon at 4:05 PM when they take on the Tigers in the middle game of a three-game set at Dodd Stadium. RHP Corey Oswalt will be on the mound looking to snap Brooklyn’s three-game losing streak. The Cyclones will return to MCU Park on Wednesday to open a six-game home stand. Tickets, which start at just $10, are on sale now by calling 718-507-TIXX, visiting the MCU Park Box office or right here at BrooklynCyclones.com

 

CYCLONES DON'T PLAY GRRRRRREAT IN LOSS TO TIGERS


NORWICH, CT – JULY 12, 2014 –For the second night in a row, the Cyclones fell in heart breaking fashion by the score of 4-3. Cyclones reliever Josh Prevost issued a bases loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Tigers a 4-3 win.

The Cyclones wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on Saturday night, taking a lead in the top of the first. Amed Rosario and Jhoan Ureña worked back-to-back one out walks, and after Michael Katz popped out for the second out of the inning, Michael Bernal singled on a ground ball through the right side of the infield to score Rosario and give Brooklyn the early 1-0 advantage.

In the second inning, Brooklyn tacked on another run to swell their lead to 2-0. Jeff Diehl started the rally with a leadoff double and advanced to third, with nobody out, following a wild pitch. Joe Tuschak took advantage of the scoring chance, hitting a ground ball to second base where Domingo Leyba tried to come home with the throw, but Diehl was able to elude the tag and give Brooklyn the two-run lead.

That seemed like that would be all the offense that Brooklyn would need as Octavio Acosta mowed through the Connecticut lineup, retiring the first 10 batters in order. But in the fourth inning, the righthander found himself in trouble for the first time. Garrett Mattlage worked a one-out walk and advanced to third on a single from Ross Kivett. Joey Pankake was next up, and the Tigers cleanup hitter took advantage of the scoring chance with a sacrifice fly that cut the Brooklyn advantage to 2-1.

The teams traded zeroes in the fifth and sixth inning, with Ocasta retiring the side in order in each frame. But in the seventh inning the Tigers would draw even. Kivett and Pankake started the frame with back-to-back doubles to knot the score at 2-2, but Acosta was able to wiggle out of any further damage and exited the game after 7.0 strong innings of work.

In the top of the eighth, Brooklyn continued the see-saw scoring and took the lead once again. Jhoan Urena singled to left to start the rally and advanced to second when leftfielder Rashad Brown bobbled the ball. With one out, Michael Bernal hit a soft groundball through the right side that seemed like it would be enough to score Urena, but Connecticut rightfielder Ben Verlander showed that his brother isn’t the only one in the family with a strong arm as he uncorked a laser beam of a throw to the plate to gun down Urena and keep the score tied. Bernal was able to advance to second on the throw and after an intentional walk of Tyler Moore, Jeff Diehl stood in with the go-ahead run in scoring position. Diehl, who grew up in Rhode Island, was playing in front of a large contingent of his family and friends. The Brooklyn first baseman took advantage of the scoring opportunity with a line drive single that chased Bernal home and put Brooklyn in front 3-2.

The lead would be short lived however, as the Tigers scored in the bottom of the frame without a base hit. Brad Wieck was the first pitcher out of the bullpen for Brooklyn and struck out the first two batters he faced. But the righthander seemed to lose track of the strike zone after that, walking two batters and uncorking a wild pitch that put runners on the corners. Wieck was able to bare down though, and seemed like he would get out of the inning when he got Joey Pankake to hit a routine grounder to third, but Jhoan Urena bounced his throw to first base allowing the tying run to score.

The Cyclones seemed prime to take the lead back in the top of the ninth, putting runners on first and third with one out after Tucker Tharp walked and Amed Rosario executed a perfect hit-and run with a single through the vacated hole at second base. But Urena and Michael Katz struck out to end the scoring threat and keep the score knotted at 3-3.

The Cyclones went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base, which would prove to be too much to overcome as the Tigers would walk-off with a win in the bottom of ninth. Josh Prevost retired the first batter he faced but a walked a pair and issued a single to load the bases with two outs for Garrett Mattlage. The Tigers second baseman, who leads the NYPL in walks, worked a based loaded walk to force home a run and give Connecticut the 4-3 win.

The Cyclones will look to rebound tomorrow after noon at 4:05 PM when they take on the Tigers in the middle game of a three-game set at Dodd Stadium. RHP Corey Oswalt will be on the mound looking to snap Brooklyn’s three-game losing streak. The Cyclones will return to MCU Park on Wednesday to open a six-game home stand. Tickets, which start at just $10, are on sale now by calling 718-507-TIXX, visiting the MCU Park Box office or right here at BrooklynCyclones.com



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