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BROOKLYN RALLIES FOR 7-6 WIN OVER SPINNERS

LOWELL, MA (August 3, 2015) -- The Cyclones offense awoke from their slumber on Monday evening, collecting a season-high 14 hits including seven doubles, en route to a 7-6 win over the Lowell Spinners. Michael Bernal went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI to lead the offensive renaissance.

After trading zeroes in the first two frames, the Cyclones opened the scoring in the top of the third. Alfredo Reyes started the frame with a single and advanced to second on a groundout. The Cyclones then stole third before Vinny Siena walked to put runners on the corners with one-out. Michael Bernal took advantage of the scoring opportunity with a sacrifice fly that gave Brooklyn the early 1-0 advantage.

The lead would swell in the top of fourth after Enmanuel Zabala started the frame with a double and advanced to third on a single from Jose Garcia. Will Fulmer grounded into a double play to put the breaks on an extended rally, but Zabala scored to push the Cyclones lead to 2-0.

After cruising through the first three innings, Brooklyn starter Kevin Canelon ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth. After a pair of singles and a walk, the Spinners had the bases loaded with one out for Tate Matheny. The Lowell DH sent a fly ball to center field that seemed like it would be a routine fly ball, but Enmanuel Zabala lost track of the path of the ball, and it turned into a two-RBI double. Kyri Washington then followed with a sacrifice fly to give Lowell a 3-2 advantage after four innings.

Lowell would add on to their lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Jeremy Rivera started the rally with one-out single and advanced to third on a single from Andrew Benintendi that put runners at first and third without either base knock leaving the infield. Victor Acosta followed with a bloop single that scored Rivera and after an errant pickoff throw from Canelon moved Benintendi to third base, Tucker Tubbs capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly that gave Lowell a 5-2 advantage.

But Brooklyn fought back, scoring a single run in the sixth on a Jose Garcia RBI single that made it 5-3 before erupting for four runs in the top of the seventh. Alfredo Reyes singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch to start the inning before coming around to score on a Vinny Siena double. Michael Bernal and Jeff Diehl then followed with back-to-back RBI doubles that put Brooklyn back in front by the score of 6-5. Brandon Brosher was then hit by a pitch and Garcia walked to load the bases with two-outs. David Thompson was then called upon to pinch hit, and the former Miami Hurricane was plunked by a pitch to force home a run and extend the Cyclones lead to 7-5.

But the Spinners would not go quietly. Nicco Blank pitched a scoreless seventh for Brooklyn before handing the ball over to Corey Taylor for the eighth inning. The righthander quickly found himself in trouble when Tucker Tubbs lined the first pitch he saw for a leadoff double. Chad Del La Guerra followed with an infield single that put runners on first and second. Tate Matheny tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt to move the tying run into scoring position but instead popped out to Jeff Diehl for the first out of the inning. With Kyri Washington batting, Corey Taylor threw a 2-1 offering in the dirt that was blocked by Jose Garcia, but both runners tried to advance. Garcia pounced on the ball quickly though, and fired down to second to get De La Guerra for out number two as Tubbs advanced to third on the play. The base running gaffe would prove costly, as Washington then ripped a single to centerfield to make it 7-6. For Taylor, who led the nation in ERA during his senior season with the Texas Tech Red Raiders, it was the first run he allowed since April 17th.

Alex Palsha was summoned from the bullpen for the ninth and recorded the first two outs with ease, and was one strike away from closing out a win when Andrew Benintendi ripped a triple off the right field wall to put the tying run just 90 feet away. But the righthander was able to strike out cleanup batter Victor Acosta to close out the win and collect his league leading 10th save of the season.

With the win the Cyclones improved to 23-19 and remain ½ a game in front of the Staten Island Yankees for first place in the McNamara Division. Brooklyn will continue their eight-game road trip on Tuesday night when they send RHP Tyler Badamo (2-4) to the mound.

LOWELL, MA (August 3, 2015) -- The Cyclones offense awoke from their slumber on Monday evening, collecting a season-high 14 hits including seven doubles, en route to a 7-6 win over the Lowell Spinners. Michael Bernal went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI to lead the offensive renaissance.

After trading zeroes in the first two frames, the Cyclones opened the scoring in the top of the third. Alfredo Reyes started the frame with a single and advanced to second on a groundout. The Cyclones then stole third before Vinny Siena walked to put runners on the corners with one-out. Michael Bernal took advantage of the scoring opportunity with a sacrifice fly that gave Brooklyn the early 1-0 advantage.

The lead would swell in the top of fourth after Enmanuel Zabala started the frame with a double and advanced to third on a single from Jose Garcia. Will Fulmer grounded into a double play to put the breaks on an extended rally, but Zabala scored to push the Cyclones lead to 2-0.

After cruising through the first three innings, Brooklyn starter Kevin Canelon ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth. After a pair of singles and a walk, the Spinners had the bases loaded with one out for Tate Matheny. The Lowell DH sent a fly ball to center field that seemed like it would be a routine fly ball, but Enmanuel Zabala lost track of the path of the ball, and it turned into a two-RBI double. Kyri Washington then followed with a sacrifice fly to give Lowell a 3-2 advantage after four innings.

Lowell would add on to their lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Jeremy Rivera started the rally with one-out single and advanced to third on a single from Andrew Benintendi that put runners at first and third without either base knock leaving the infield. Victor Acosta followed with a bloop single that scored Rivera and after an errant pickoff throw from Canelon moved Benintendi to third base, Tucker Tubbs capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly that gave Lowell a 5-2 advantage.

But Brooklyn fought back, scoring a single run in the sixth on a Jose Garcia RBI single that made it 5-3 before erupting for four runs in the top of the seventh. Alfredo Reyes singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch to start the inning before coming around to score on a Vinny Siena double. Michael Bernal and Jeff Diehl then followed with back-to-back RBI doubles that put Brooklyn back in front by the score of 6-5. Brandon Brosher was then hit by a pitch and Garcia walked to load the bases with two-outs. David Thompson was then called upon to pinch hit, and the former Miami Hurricane was plunked by a pitch to force home a run and extend the Cyclones lead to 7-5.

But the Spinners would not go quietly. Nicco Blank pitched a scoreless seventh for Brooklyn before handing the ball over to Corey Taylor for the eighth inning. The righthander quickly found himself in trouble when Tucker Tubbs lined the first pitch he saw for a leadoff double. Chad Del La Guerra followed with an infield single that put runners on first and second. Tate Matheny tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt to move the tying run into scoring position but instead popped out to Jeff Diehl for the first out of the inning. With Kyri Washington batting, Corey Taylor threw a 2-1 offering in the dirt that was blocked by Jose Garcia, but both runners tried to advance. Garcia pounced on the ball quickly though, and fired down to second to get De La Guerra for out number two as Tubbs advanced to third on the play. The base running gaffe would prove costly, as Washington then ripped a single to centerfield to make it 7-6. For Taylor, who led the nation in ERA during his senior season with the Texas Tech Red Raiders, it was the first run he allowed since April 17th.

Alex Palsha was summoned from the bullpen for the ninth and recorded the first two outs with ease, and was one strike away from closing out a win when Andrew Benintendi ripped a triple off the right field wall to put the tying run just 90 feet away. But the righthander was able to strike out cleanup batter Victor Acosta to close out the win and collect his league leading 10th save of the season.

With the win the Cyclones improved to 23-19 and remain ½ a game in front of the Staten Island Yankees for first place in the McNamara Division. Brooklyn will continue their eight-game road trip on Tuesday night when they send RHP Tyler Badamo (2-4) to the mound.



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