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CYCLONES RALLY COMES UP SHORT IN 3-2 LOSS

CYCLONES RALLY COMES UP SHORT IN 3-2 LOSS

TROY, NY – AUGUST 28, 2014 – The Cyclones fell to the Tri-City ValleyCats by the score of 3-2 on Friday evening. The loss, coupled with a Connecticut Tigers victory, drops Brooklyn’s lead to 1.0 game in the race for the final spot in the New York-Penn League playoffs with only three games remaining. SS Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with a run scored on the night, but struck out to end the game with the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring postion.

The Cyclones looked like they would take a first inning lead after Adrian Abreu led off the game with a double and Amed Rosario followed with an opposite field single to right field, but Jose Solano fielded it quickly and came up firing to gun down Abreu for the first out of the game. Michael Conforto followed with a single that put runners on the corners, but Jhoan Ureña struck out and Pedro Perez grounded out to end the inning.

That was all the offense that Brooklyn would muster early on, as they didn’t collect another hit until the top of the sixth inning. Tri-City’s offense was equally inept, as Corey Oswalt kept the cats off balance all night. The righthander allowed two first inning singles and then retired the next nine batters he faced.

In the bottom of the fourth inning though, that streak would come to an end. Tri-City first baseman Ricky Gingras connected on his second home run of the season, a solo blast, to break the scoreless tie. For Oswalt, it was the first home run he allowed since August 16, 2012 with Kingsport vs. Johnson City.

Brooklyn would claw back in the top of the sixth and draw even. Amed Rosario led off the frame with a single and would come around to score thanks to am RBI double off the bat of Jhoan Ureña that knotted the score at 1-1 and move the Brooklyn third baseman into a tie for the RBI lead in the New York-Penn League.

But in the bottom of the frame, Tri-City would take control of the game. All-Star Game MVP started the rally with a one-out double down the left field line and a two-out walk of Jamie Ritche put a pair of runners aboard for Mott Hyde. The ValleyCats shortstop took advantage of the scoring chance with a laser-beam double into left field that scored both runners and gave Tri-City a 3-1 advantage after six.

In the top of the seventh, Brooklyn looked like they would slice into the lead when Rosario smacked his third single of the game into right field, and for the second time Jose Solano fielded and gunned down a Cyclone at the plate – this time Anthony Chavez - to keep Brooklyn off the scoreboard maintain Tri-City’s 3-1 advantage.

Solano’s defensive efforts would prove to be even more important as the Cyclones mounted a rally in the top of the ninth. Michael Bernal was hit by a pitch to start the rally and Tucker Tharp reached on an error to put the tying run aboard with nobody out. After John Mora flied out for the first out of the inning, Anthony Chavez connected on an RBI single to draw Brooklyn within a run at 3-2. Abreu grounded out for the second out, but advanced the pair of runners in scoring position for Amed Rosario. The 18-year-old phenom, who was 3-for-3 coming into the at-bat, struck out swinging to end the game.

The Cyclones will look to salvage the finale of the three-game set tomorrow evening when they send RHP Marcos Molina (7-2) to the mound. The team will then return to MCU Park on Sunday for their last home game of the regular season, against the Staten Island Yankees.

CYCLONES RALLY COMES UP SHORT IN 3-2 LOSS

TROY, NY – AUGUST 28, 2014 – The Cyclones fell to the Tri-City ValleyCats by the score of 3-2 on Friday evening. The loss, coupled with a Connecticut Tigers victory, drops Brooklyn’s lead to 1.0 game in the race for the final spot in the New York-Penn League playoffs with only three games remaining. SS Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with a run scored on the night, but struck out to end the game with the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring postion.

The Cyclones looked like they would take a first inning lead after Adrian Abreu led off the game with a double and Amed Rosario followed with an opposite field single to right field, but Jose Solano fielded it quickly and came up firing to gun down Abreu for the first out of the game. Michael Conforto followed with a single that put runners on the corners, but Jhoan Ureña struck out and Pedro Perez grounded out to end the inning.

That was all the offense that Brooklyn would muster early on, as they didn’t collect another hit until the top of the sixth inning. Tri-City’s offense was equally inept, as Corey Oswalt kept the cats off balance all night. The righthander allowed two first inning singles and then retired the next nine batters he faced.

In the bottom of the fourth inning though, that streak would come to an end. Tri-City first baseman Ricky Gingras connected on his second home run of the season, a solo blast, to break the scoreless tie. For Oswalt, it was the first home run he allowed since August 16, 2012 with Kingsport vs. Johnson City.

Brooklyn would claw back in the top of the sixth and draw even. Amed Rosario led off the frame with a single and would come around to score thanks to am RBI double off the bat of Jhoan Ureña that knotted the score at 1-1 and move the Brooklyn third baseman into a tie for the RBI lead in the New York-Penn League.

But in the bottom of the frame, Tri-City would take control of the game. All-Star Game MVP started the rally with a one-out double down the left field line and a two-out walk of Jamie Ritche put a pair of runners aboard for Mott Hyde. The ValleyCats shortstop took advantage of the scoring chance with a laser-beam double into left field that scored both runners and gave Tri-City a 3-1 advantage after six.

In the top of the seventh, Brooklyn looked like they would slice into the lead when Rosario smacked his third single of the game into right field, and for the second time Jose Solano fielded and gunned down a Cyclone at the plate – this time Anthony Chavez - to keep Brooklyn off the scoreboard maintain Tri-City’s 3-1 advantage.

Solano’s defensive efforts would prove to be even more important as the Cyclones mounted a rally in the top of the ninth. Michael Bernal was hit by a pitch to start the rally and Tucker Tharp reached on an error to put the tying run aboard with nobody out. After John Mora flied out for the first out of the inning, Anthony Chavez connected on an RBI single to draw Brooklyn within a run at 3-2. Abreu grounded out for the second out, but advanced the pair of runners in scoring position for Amed Rosario. The 18-year-old phenom, who was 3-for-3 coming into the at-bat, struck out swinging to end the game.

The Cyclones will look to salvage the finale of the three-game set tomorrow evening when they send RHP Marcos Molina (7-2) to the mound. The team will then return to MCU Park on Sunday for their last home game of the regular season, against the Staten Island Yankees.



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