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BROOKLYN FLIPS THE BIRDS, 12-9

ABERDEEN, MD– August 22, 2015 – After managing only one run in the series opener last night, Brooklyn’s bats exploded in a 12-9 win over the Ironbirds. The Cyclones matched a season high with 14 hits and tallied their most runs since June 22.

Shortstop Alfredo Reyes began the offensive barrage with a first inning leadoff single against Aberdeen’s starter Lazaro Leyva (0-3). Two batters later, third baseman David Thompson doubled down the right field line to bring home the game’s first run, making him the first Cyclones hitter to reach 20 RBIs this season.

After Brooklyn’s starting pitcher Andrew Church (2-3) threw a scoreless first inning, the bottom of the Cyclones order started another rally. Center fielder Enmanuel Zabala drove a one-out triple to the wall in left off Leyva in the second inning and second baseman Branden Kaupe immediately followed with a run-scoring single to right. Kaupe, who had his first three-hit game for Brooklyn, advanced to second when Leyva balked and took third on a wild pitch. Reyes brought him home with a ground out to second base.

Aberdeen’s offense responded in the bottom of the second when second baseman Drew Turbin blasted a two-run homer to right to cut Brooklyn’s lead to 3-2. Turbin reached base in all five of his plate appearances.

With their lead trimmed to a run, the Cyclones sent nine men to the plate in the top of the third inning against reliever Daniel Ayers and added five more runs. Right fielder Jeff Diehl led off with an infield single and first baseman Zach Mathieu punched one into right to set the table. With one out, catcher Jose Garcia delivered his first hit against a left-hander this season, roping a double into the right field corner to bring home both runners. A batter later, Kaupe delivered another opposite field hit to plate Garcia. Reyes followed with a groundball that shortstop Ricardo Andujar’s misplayed. After the error, Ayers uncorked a wild pitch and second baseman Vinny Siena smacked a two-run single up the middle to give Brooklyn an 8-2 edge.

Aberdeen picked up a run in the bottom of the third but Brooklyn answered back in the top of the fourth. Once again, Diehl led off with a single. When Mathieu followed with a hard grounder that ate up Andujar, Diehl aggressively advanced to third and Mathieu took second on the throw. Garcia then singled to center to drive home both runners. The catcher, who had only five RBIs all season entering the night, drove in a total of four runs throughout the game. After Kaupe collected an infield single, Reyes roped a double to left to bring both runners around to score. After a four-run inning, Brooklyn led 12-3.

The Ironbirds loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth but came away empty after D.J. Stewart lined into a double play. In the sixth, with Church still pitching, Aberdeen chipped away with a three-run inning. The Ironbirds started the inning with three straight hits, scoring a run when Drew Turbin singled to center. With two outs, Stewart knocked Church out of the game with an RBI single into center, making it 12-5. Church surrendered 12 hits, the most of any Cyclones starter this year. Reliever Brandon Welch entered and allowed a run-scoring single to catcher Chris Shaw before retiring Steve Laurino on a fly out to right field.

Welch retired the side in order in the seventh, but left-hander Ruben Reyes faltered in the eighth. After Turbin reached on an errant throw from Kaupe, Reyes hit Cedric Mullins and then threw a wild pitch. Andujar followed with a single to bring in two runs. With Stewart batting, catcher Manuel Hilario was charged with a passed ball moving Andujar to third. One pitch later, Reyes threw another wild pitch, allowing Andjuar to score and shaving Brooklyn’s lead to 12-9. Stewart then flew out to deep right and Reyes was replaced by Craig Missigman who got the last two outs in the inning.

In the ninth, Brooklyn closer Alex Palsha retired the first two batters before struggling with his command. He lost Turbin to a full count walk and then missed with four straight to Mullins. After a stretch of nine consecutive balls, Palsha appeared to have the game won when he struck out Andujar, only for his fastball to sail past Hilario to the backstop to load the bases. Stewart, who leads the Ironbirds with five homers, came to the plate as the winning run. After two straight balls, Stewart ripped a one-hopper to the hole on the right side. Kaupe dove, knocked the ball down, and threw to first from his back to record the final out. Palsha picked up his league leading 12th save of the season.

Brooklyn concludes its only series in Aberdeen tomorrow, with Eddie Villasmil starting the rubber game against Jean Cosme. The first pitch will be at 5:35pm at Ripken Stadium.

ABERDEEN, MD– August 22, 2015 – After managing only one run in the series opener last night, Brooklyn’s bats exploded in a 12-9 win over the Ironbirds. The Cyclones matched a season high with 14 hits and tallied their most runs since June 22.

Shortstop Alfredo Reyes began the offensive barrage with a first inning leadoff single against Aberdeen’s starter Lazaro Leyva (0-3). Two batters later, third baseman David Thompson doubled down the right field line to bring home the game’s first run, making him the first Cyclones hitter to reach 20 RBIs this season.

After Brooklyn’s starting pitcher Andrew Church (2-3) threw a scoreless first inning, the bottom of the Cyclones order started another rally. Center fielder Enmanuel Zabala drove a one-out triple to the wall in left off Leyva in the second inning and second baseman Branden Kaupe immediately followed with a run-scoring single to right. Kaupe, who had his first three-hit game for Brooklyn, advanced to second when Leyva balked and took third on a wild pitch. Reyes brought him home with a ground out to second base.

Aberdeen’s offense responded in the bottom of the second when second baseman Drew Turbin blasted a two-run homer to right to cut Brooklyn’s lead to 3-2. Turbin reached base in all five of his plate appearances.

With their lead trimmed to a run, the Cyclones sent nine men to the plate in the top of the third inning against reliever Daniel Ayers and added five more runs. Right fielder Jeff Diehl led off with an infield single and first baseman Zach Mathieu punched one into right to set the table. With one out, catcher Jose Garcia delivered his first hit against a left-hander this season, roping a double into the right field corner to bring home both runners. A batter later, Kaupe delivered another opposite field hit to plate Garcia. Reyes followed with a groundball that shortstop Ricardo Andujar’s misplayed. After the error, Ayers uncorked a wild pitch and second baseman Vinny Siena smacked a two-run single up the middle to give Brooklyn an 8-2 edge.

Aberdeen picked up a run in the bottom of the third but Brooklyn answered back in the top of the fourth. Once again, Diehl led off with a single. When Mathieu followed with a hard grounder that ate up Andujar, Diehl aggressively advanced to third and Mathieu took second on the throw. Garcia then singled to center to drive home both runners. The catcher, who had only five RBIs all season entering the night, drove in a total of four runs throughout the game. After Kaupe collected an infield single, Reyes roped a double to left to bring both runners around to score. After a four-run inning, Brooklyn led 12-3.

The Ironbirds loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth but came away empty after D.J. Stewart lined into a double play. In the sixth, with Church still pitching, Aberdeen chipped away with a three-run inning. The Ironbirds started the inning with three straight hits, scoring a run when Drew Turbin singled to center. With two outs, Stewart knocked Church out of the game with an RBI single into center, making it 12-5. Church surrendered 12 hits, the most of any Cyclones starter this year. Reliever Brandon Welch entered and allowed a run-scoring single to catcher Chris Shaw before retiring Steve Laurino on a fly out to right field.
Welch retired the side in order in the seventh, but left-hander Ruben Reyes faltered in the eighth. After Turbin reached on an errant throw from Kaupe, Reyes hit Cedric Mullins and then threw a wild pitch. Andujar followed with a single to bring in two runs. With Stewart batting, catcher Manuel Hilario was charged with a passed ball moving Andujar to third. One pitch later, Reyes threw another wild pitch, allowing Andjuar to score and shaving Brooklyn’s lead to 12-9. Stewart then flew out to deep right and Reyes was replaced by Craig Missigman who got the last two outs in the inning.

In the ninth, Brooklyn closer Alex Palsha retired the first two batters before struggling with his command. He lost Turbin to a full count walk and then missed with four straight to Mullins. After a stretch of nine consecutive balls, Palsha appeared to have the game won when he struck out Andujar, only for his fastball to sail past Hilario to the backstop to load the bases. Stewart, who leads the Ironbirds with five homers, came to the plate as the winning run. After two straight balls, Stewart ripped a one-hopper to the hole on the right side. Kaupe dove, knocked the ball down, and threw to first from his back to record the final out. Palsha picked up his league leading 12th save of the season.
Brooklyn concludes its only series in Aberdeen tomorrow, with Eddie Villasmil starting the rubber game against Jean Cosme. The first pitch will be at 5:35pm at Ripken Stadium.



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