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LAKEMONSTERS LEAVE CYCLONES ALL WET IN 5-2 LOSS

CYCLONES OUTHIT BY LAKE MONSTERS, 5-2

It was a tough night to be a Brooklyn batter, as the Vermont pitching staff kept the Cyclones in check on Friday night. Brooklyn managed to only get two runs across, while Vermont plated five. It would be another tally in the loss column for the Cyclones as they try to battle back to .500, now 19-22.

To start the game, both pitchers faced a bit of difficulty. Brooklyn starter Ocavio Acosta was a bit out of character in the first inning, leaving his first pitch over the plate, which would be lined into center field for a single. Two batters later, after a double play, he would give up a double down the line. A line out to right field would get him out of the inning.

It looked like the Cyclones were going to go down with ease after Cristhian Perez retired two of the first three batters. A single by Michael Conforto and walk by Michael Katz would load the bases for Tyler Moore. After a nine-pitch battle, Perez would escape without any damage, getting Moore to ground out.

In the top of the second, Acosta would find himself in a very similar situation, giving up three one-out singles to load the bases. Octavio would settle down and get two ground balls; the first would score a run and give Vermont a 1-0 lead.

It would not take too long for the Cyclones to knot it up at one. In the top of the third, the first two batters went down in order, but Jhoan Ureña was able to work a four-pitch walk and come all the way around after Conforto came up to bat and roped a ball down the right field line for a double to plate the Cyclones third baseman.

The next half inning, Acosta found himself in an early jam, allowing Jose Brizuela to reach base with a triple. Octavio was able to quickly rebound and maneuver through the inning with great poise, striking out the next batter, walking one to set up a double play possibility. Just as Acosta drew it up, he would get a ground ball to go right to Dimas Ponce, and after a flip to Moore and strong throw over to Katz at first, the inning would end.

Brooklyn would take their first lead of the game in the bottom half of the inning. Tyler Moore and Michael Bernal led the inning off with singles and would move over to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Ponce. Moore would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Tucker Tharp, making it a 2-1 Cyclones lead. One run was all the Cyclones would get; during the next at-bat Bernal was thrown out trying to steal third on an extremely close play.

The Cyclones lead would go as quickly as it came, after a bunt single and then error by Ureña to move the runner over to second, and then a hit batter two batters later, Acosta found himself in yet another jam. He was able to strikeout Trent Gilbert for the second out. Unfortunately, this was where Acosta’s luck would run out. A double, walk, and two singles would plate three runners in the inning and give Vermont a 4-2 lead.

With Acosta departing the game after 5.0 innings of work, Edioglis Villasmil entered the game in the sixth. He was able to pitch a perfect sixth inning but in the seventh, a leadoff double helped get things going for Vermont once again to tack on another insurance run. Scott Masik who reached base with the double to left moved up to third on a passed ball by catcher Tomas Nido, and then scored on a wild pitch by Villasmil.

In the bottom of the eight, still down three runs, the Cyclones had a shot to cut down the Lake Monster’s lead after a one-out double from Ureña to put their first runner in scoring position since the fourth inning. But a ground out by Conforto and then strikeout by Katz would strand Jhoan at third.

Tyler Moore tried to help Brooklyn get their first walk-off win of the season, leading the bottom of the ninth off with a double to left center. Bernal grounded out on the next at-bat, but an aggressive Moore advanced to third on the throw. A strikeout from Will Fulmer, who entered as a pinch hitter for Ponce meant it was all up to Tucker Tharp. Tharp would roll the ball over to third and get thrown out at first, ending the game and evening up the series between these clubs at one win apiece.

The Cyclones wrap up their series before heading back on the road to take on the Lowell Spinners for a three-game series. For tickets to Saturday night’s game or any other Cyclones home game and the 2014 New York-Penn League All-Star Game, visit the MCU Park Box office, call 718-507-TIXX, or right here BrooklynCyclones.com.

CYCLONES OUTHIT BY LAKE MONSTERS, 5-2

It was a tough night to be a Brooklyn batter, as the Vermont pitching staff kept the Cyclones in check on Friday night. Brooklyn managed to only get two runs across, while Vermont plated five. It would be another tally in the loss column for the Cyclones as they try to battle back to .500, now 19-22.

To start the game, both pitchers faced a bit of difficulty. Brooklyn starter Ocavio Acosta was a bit out of character in the first inning, leaving his first pitch over the plate, which would be lined into center field for a single. Two batters later, after a double play, he would give up a double down the line. A line out to right field would get him out of the inning.

It looked like the Cyclones were going to go down with ease after Cristhian Perez retired two of the first three batters. A single by Michael Conforto and walk by Michael Katz would load the bases for Tyler Moore. After a nine-pitch battle, Perez would escape without any damage, getting Moore to ground out.

In the top of the second, Acosta would find himself in a very similar situation, giving up three one-out singles to load the bases. Octavio would settle down and get two ground balls; the first would score a run and give Vermont a 1-0 lead.

It would not take too long for the Cyclones to knot it up at one. In the top of the third, the first two batters went down in order, but Jhoan Ureña was able to work a four-pitch walk and come all the way around after Conforto came up to bat and roped a ball down the right field line for a double to plate the Cyclones third baseman.

The next half inning, Acosta found himself in an early jam, allowing Jose Brizuela to reach base with a triple. Octavio was able to quickly rebound and maneuver through the inning with great poise, striking out the next batter, walking one to set up a double play possibility. Just as Acosta drew it up, he would get a ground ball to go right to Dimas Ponce, and after a flip to Moore and strong throw over to Katz at first, the inning would end.

Brooklyn would take their first lead of the game in the bottom half of the inning. Tyler Moore and Michael Bernal led the inning off with singles and would move over to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Ponce. Moore would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Tucker Tharp, making it a 2-1 Cyclones lead. One run was all the Cyclones would get; during the next at-bat Bernal was thrown out trying to steal third on an extremely close play.

The Cyclones lead would go as quickly as it came, after a bunt single and then error by Ureña to move the runner over to second, and then a hit batter two batters later, Acosta found himself in yet another jam. He was able to strikeout Trent Gilbert for the second out. Unfortunately, this was where Acosta’s luck would run out. A double, walk, and two singles would plate three runners in the inning and give Vermont a 4-2 lead.

With Acosta departing the game after 5.0 innings of work, Edioglis Villasmil entered the game in the sixth. He was able to pitch a perfect sixth inning but in the seventh, a leadoff double helped get things going for Vermont once again to tack on another insurance run. Scott Masik who reached base with the double to left moved up to third on a passed ball by catcher Tomas Nido, and then scored on a wild pitch by Villasmil.

In the bottom of the eight, still down three runs, the Cyclones had a shot to cut down the Lake Monster’s lead after a one-out double from Ureña to put their first runner in scoring position since the fourth inning. But a ground out by Conforto and then strikeout by Katz would strand Jhoan at third.

Tyler Moore tried to help Brooklyn get their first walk-off win of the season, leading the bottom of the ninth off with a double to left center. Bernal grounded out on the next at-bat, but an aggressive Moore advanced to third on the throw. A strikeout from Will Fulmer, who entered as a pinch hitter for Ponce meant it was all up to Tucker Tharp. Tharp would roll the ball over to third and get thrown out at first, ending the game and evening up the series between these clubs at one win apiece.

The Cyclones wrap up their series before heading back on the road to take on the Lowell Spinners for a three-game series. For tickets to Saturday night’s game or any other Cyclones home game and the 2014 New York-Penn League All-Star Game, visit the MCU Park Box office, call 718-507-TIXX, or right here BrooklynCyclones.com.



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