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CYCLONES SWEPT OUT OF MORGANTOWN, FALL 8-3

MORGANTOWN, WV – July 23, 2015 –It was a night to forget for the Cyclones as they dropped their third in a row on Thursday in West Virginia by an 8-3 score. LHP Kevin Canelon (2-2) took the loss in what wasn’t his sharpest performance but certainly one in which he received little help.

The trouble for Canelon and the Cyclones began early as sloppy play in the field continues to plague Tom Gamboa’s team. The bottom of the first began with a leadoff triple for West Virginia. An error by first baseman Zach Mathieu, a stolen base, a strikeout and a walk left the bases loaded with one out. A fielding error by shortstop Alfredo Reyes allowed the first run of the game to score and left the bases full. Canelon recorded the second out but surrendered a single to Alexis Bastardo, scoring two and giving the Black Bears a 3-0 lead. Yet another error by Brooklyn allowed runners to reach second and third before Canelon was finally able to end the nightmarish first inning. West Virginia got on the board with three unearned runs on just two hits and three Brooklyn errors.

The bottom of the third would see the Black Bears add another tally. After Chris Harvey doubled to left it was Bastardo again, singling to left to drive the run in and make it a 4-0 game. In the fourth, two outs were recorded before a double, wild pitch and a steal of home made it a 5-0. That marked the end of Canelon’s night, with the lefty exiting after allowing four hits, six runs (just two of them earned) and two walks while striking out three over four innings.

Brooklyn’s offense was kept quiet early as starter Juan Paula got through the first four innings efficiently, allowing just three hits. The top of the fifth would be when the Cyclones would break through and begin the long climb uphill as Mathieu and Emmanuel Zabala began the inning with singles before catcher Manuel Hilario hit his first homerun of the season over the left field fence, cutting the deficit to 5-3. After an out, the Cyclones would continue battling back as Tucker Tharp reached on an infield single and made it to second on a wild pitch. Another out was recorded before Hengelbert Rojas was hit by a pitch to put runners and first and second. However, the rally ended rather oddly when third baseman David Thompson was called out on an automatic strike by the home plate umpire after not re-entering the batter’s box quickly enough between pitches. Gamboa lost his cool and let home plate umpire David Hernandez know how he felt before being ejected from the game, leaving Edgardo Alfonzo to take over managing duties.

Paula would be removed after allowing three runs and seven hits over 5.0 innings while recording four strikeouts and walking none. It wasn’t the sharpest outing for the West Virginia right hander but it was a gutty one and enough to grab his second win of the season.

RHP Craig Missigman entered the game for the Cyclones but would fall victim to more shoddy defense, this time from his battery mate. After walking and hitting the first two batters of the inning, Missigman got the lead runner at third on a sacrifice bunt attempt. But a passed ball by the catcher Hilario allowed the runners to reach second and third. The batter went on to strike out but with strike three landing in the dirt, Hilario nonchalantly threw to first base as West Virginia second baseman Erik Forgione streaked home from third to give the Black Bears a 6-3 lead through six innings.

Lefty Ruben Reyes began the seventh by allowing a single and a double before recording a strikeout. RHP Alex Palsha, normally Brooklyn’s closer, entered after not pitching for six days. Another wild pitch would bring in the seventh Black Bear run before Bastardo recorded his fourth RBI of the game with a ground out, making it an 8-3 ballgame with both runs being charged to Reyes. Nicco Blank would then come on in the eighth and throw a scoreless inning in relief.

RHP Edgardo Santana ended any comeback hopes for Brooklyn as he delivered three stellar innings of relief for West Virginia, giving up just one hit and striking out five. John Holdzkom came on to finish the Cyclones off with a perfect ninth.

Some porous defense, a lack of timely hitting and aggressive Black Bear base running combined to sweep the Cyclones in their first ever visit to Morgantown. Brooklyn begins its road trip 0-3 but thankfully leaves West Virginia for a series with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in Niles, Ohio beginning on Friday. The ‘Clones look to get back on track as RHP Tyler Badamo (1-3, 3.19) takes the hill for the Cyclones for the first of three at Eastwood Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM.

 

MORGANTOWN, WV – July 23, 2015 –It was a night to forget for the Cyclones as they dropped their third in a row on Thursday in West Virginia by an 8-3 score. LHP Kevin Canelon (2-2) took the loss in what wasn’t his sharpest performance but certainly one in which he received little help.

The trouble for Canelon and the Cyclones began early as sloppy play in the field continues to plague Tom Gamboa’s team. The bottom of the first began with a leadoff triple for West Virginia. An error by first baseman Zach Mathieu, a stolen base, a strikeout and a walk left the bases loaded with one out. A fielding error by shortstop Alfredo Reyes allowed the first run of the game to score and left the bases full. Canelon recorded the second out but surrendered a single to Alexis Bastardo, scoring two and giving the Black Bears a 3-0 lead. Yet another error by Brooklyn allowed runners to reach second and third before Canelon was finally able to end the nightmarish first inning. West Virginia got on the board with three unearned runs on just two hits and three Brooklyn errors.

The bottom of the third would see the Black Bears add another tally. After Chris Harvey doubled to left it was Bastardo again, singling to left to drive the run in and make it a 4-0 game. In the fourth, two outs were recorded before a double, wild pitch and a steal of home made it a 5-0. That marked the end of Canelon’s night, with the lefty exiting after allowing four hits, six runs (just two of them earned) and two walks while striking out three over four innings.

Brooklyn’s offense was kept quiet early as starter Juan Paula got through the first four innings efficiently, allowing just three hits. The top of the fifth would be when the Cyclones would break through and begin the long climb uphill as Mathieu and Emmanuel Zabala began the inning with singles before catcher Manuel Hilario hit his first homerun of the season over the left field fence, cutting the deficit to 5-3. After an out, the Cyclones would continue battling back as Tucker Tharp reached on an infield single and made it to second on a wild pitch. Another out was recorded before Hengelbert Rojas was hit by a pitch to put runners and first and second. However, the rally ended rather oddly when third baseman David Thompson was called out on an automatic strike by the home plate umpire after not re-entering the batter’s box quickly enough between pitches. Gamboa lost his cool and let home plate umpire David Hernandez know how he felt before being ejected from the game, leaving Edgardo Alfonzo to take over managing duties.

Paula would be removed after allowing three runs and seven hits over 5.0 innings while recording four strikeouts and walking none. It wasn’t the sharpest outing for the West Virginia right hander but it was a gutty one and enough to grab his second win of the season.

RHP Craig Missigman entered the game for the Cyclones but would fall victim to more shoddy defense, this time from his battery mate. After walking and hitting the first two batters of the inning, Missigman got the lead runner at third on a sacrifice bunt attempt. But a passed ball by the catcher Hilario allowed the runners to reach second and third. The batter went on to strike out but with strike three landing in the dirt, Hilario nonchalantly threw to first base as West Virginia second baseman Erik Forgione streaked home from third to give the Black Bears a 6-3 lead through six innings.

Lefty Ruben Reyes began the seventh by allowing a single and a double before recording a strikeout. RHP Alex Palsha, normally Brooklyn’s closer, entered after not pitching for six days. Another wild pitch would bring in the seventh Black Bear run before Bastardo recorded his fourth RBI of the game with a ground out, making it an 8-3 ballgame with both runs being charged to Reyes. Nicco Blank would then come on in the eighth and throw a scoreless inning in relief.

RHP Edgardo Santana ended any comeback hopes for Brooklyn as he delivered three stellar innings of relief for West Virginia, giving up just one hit and striking out five. John Holdzkom came on to finish the Cyclones off with a perfect ninth.

Some porous defense, a lack of timely hitting and aggressive Black Bear base running combined to sweep the Cyclones in their first ever visit to Morgantown. Brooklyn begins its road trip 0-3 but thankfully leaves West Virginia for a series with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in Niles, Ohio beginning on Friday. The ‘Clones look to get back on track as RHP Tyler Badamo (1-3, 3.19) takes the hill for the Cyclones for the first of three at Eastwood Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM.



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