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BEARS CLAW BACK ON BKLYN


BROOKLYN, NY – August 13, 2016 – The Cyclones rallied to take a brief lead in the bottom of the eighth before the Black Bears clawed back in the ninth to win 8-5 on Saturday night at MCU Park. Brooklyn went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while West Virginia pounded out 15 hits.

The Black Bears wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on Saturday evening, jumping all over Brooklyn starter Erik Manoah in the top of the first. Just four pitches into the game, Kevin Mahala and Stephen Alemais had back-to-back singles and the Black Bears were in business. After an infield pop-up, the first out of the frame, Kevin Krause opened the scoring with an RBI single to left, plating Mahala and giving West Virginia a 1-0 advantage. After Manoah got a strikeout for out number two, Arden Pabst roped a double off the left field wall to score another run and push the West Virginia lead to 2-0.

After trading zeroes in the second inning, the Cyclones drew even in the bottom of the third. Jay Jabs worked a walk to lead off the frame, and moved up to third when Darryl Knight sent a booming double off the top of the wall in left field. Dan Rizzie and Gene Cone both followed with consecutive sac flies that knotted the score at 2-2.

But West Virginia answered right back, scoring a run in the top of the fourth to take a 3-2 edge. A one out walk of Sandy Santos and another single form Mahala, his third hit of the night , put runners on the corners. Manoah got Stephen Alemais to pop out on the infield for the second out of the frame, but a cross up between the righthander and his catcher allowed Santos to score the go-ahead run for the Black Bears. Dan Rizzie popped up from behind the dish expecting a pitch out, but Manoah fired a fastball low and outside. It was ruled a passed ball, and West Virginia found themselves back on top, 3-2.

Manoah’s night came to a close after 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Manoah gave way to Alejandro Castro who retied the Black Bears without incident in the sixth. In the top of the seventh the righthander hit a batter and allowed a single to put an end to his night. LHP Gabriel Feliz, with some help from a stellar defensive play from Blake Tiberi, was able to wiggle out of damage and keep the score at 3-2 headed to the seventh inning stretch.

But after flirting with danger in the seventh, the Brooklyn bullpen allowed West Virginia to tack on an insurance run in the eighth. After retiring the first two batters, Feliz issues a two out walk to Kevin Mahala. The West Virginia second baseman stole second to move into scoring position and came around to score on a an RBI single from Stephen Alemais. Mahala and Alamais, the top two batters in the Black Bears lineup, finished the night a combined 7-for-11 with three runs scored.

Facing a 4-2 deficit in the bottom of the eighth, the Comeback ‘Clones got things started with a two-out rally. Tiberi and Brandon Brosher had back-to-back singles before a pair of wild pitches allowed Tiberi to score and moved Brosher all the way to third. Jay Jabs and Darryl Knight followed with a pair of walks to load the bases with Brooklyn behind 4-3. Dan Rizzie then made it three walks in a row, as he stared at four straight out of the strike zone, to force home a run and tie things at 4-4. Then, with Gene Cone batting, Cristian Mota threw a ball in the dirt that eluded the Black Bears catcher, allowing Jabs to score and give Brooklyn a 5-4 lead.

RHP Austin McGeorge (0-1) came out of the bullpen to try and close it out for the Cyclones, having not allowed a run over his first 10 outings. But the righthander ran into trouble, and Ty Moore’s one-out single plated the tying run before Arden Pabst connected on a three-run home run that would provide the winning margin for West Virginia. For McGeorge, the home run allowed was a rarity, as he tossed 83.0 innings at Long Beach State during his collegiate career without allowing a home run.

The Cyclones will look to rebound from the tough loss when they take on the Black Bears in the finale of the three-game set before heading to the All-Star Break. RHP Gabriel Llanes (3-5) will be on the mound for Brooklyn as the first 1,500 fans in attendance receive a special Cyclones Hands High T-Shirt while we celebrate Late Night in Brooklyn.


BROOKLYN, NY – August 13, 2016 – The Cyclones rallied to take a brief lead in the bottom of the eighth before the Black Bears clawed back in the ninth to win 8-5 on Saturday night at MCU Park. Brooklyn went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while West Virginia pounded out 15 hits.

The Black Bears wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on Saturday evening, jumping all over Brooklyn starter Erik Manoah in the top of the first. Just four pitches into the game, Kevin Mahala and Stephen Alemais had back-to-back singles and the Black Bears were in business. After an infield pop-up, the first out of the frame, Kevin Krause opened the scoring with an RBI single to left, plating Mahala and giving West Virginia a 1-0 advantage. After Manoah got a strikeout for out number two, Arden Pabst roped a double off the left field wall to score another run and push the West Virginia lead to 2-0.

After trading zeroes in the second inning, the Cyclones drew even in the bottom of the third. Jay Jabs worked a walk to lead off the frame, and moved up to third when Darryl Knight sent a booming double off the top of the wall in left field. Dan Rizzie and Gene Cone both followed with consecutive sac flies that knotted the score at 2-2.

But West Virginia answered right back, scoring a run in the top of the fourth to take a 3-2 edge. A one out walk of Sandy Santos and another single form Mahala, his third hit of the night , put runners on the corners. Manoah got Stephen Alemais to pop out on the infield for the second out of the frame, but a cross up between the righthander and his catcher allowed Santos to score the go-ahead run for the Black Bears. Dan Rizzie popped up from behind the dish expecting a pitch out, but Manoah fired a fastball low and outside. It was ruled a passed ball, and West Virginia found themselves back on top, 3-2.

Manoah’s night came to a close after 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Manoah gave way to Alejandro Castro who retied the Black Bears without incident in the sixth. In the top of the seventh the righthander hit a batter and allowed a single to put an end to his night. LHP Gabriel Feliz, with some help from a stellar defensive play from Blake Tiberi, was able to wiggle out of damage and keep the score at 3-2 headed to the seventh inning stretch.

But after flirting with danger in the seventh, the Brooklyn bullpen allowed West Virginia to tack on an insurance run in the eighth. After retiring the first two batters, Feliz issues a two out walk to Kevin Mahala. The West Virginia second baseman stole second to move into scoring position and came around to score on a an RBI single from Stephen Alemais. Mahala and Alamais, the top two batters in the Black Bears lineup, finished the night a combined 7-for-11 with three runs scored.

Facing a 4-2 deficit in the bottom of the eighth, the Comeback ‘Clones got things started with a two-out rally. Tiberi and Brandon Brosher had back-to-back singles before a pair of wild pitches allowed Tiberi to score and moved Brosher all the way to third. Jay Jabs and Darryl Knight followed with a pair of walks to load the bases with Brooklyn behind 4-3. Dan Rizzie then made it three walks in a row, as he stared at four straight out of the strike zone, to force home a run and tie things at 4-4. Then, with Gene Cone batting, Cristian Mota threw a ball in the dirt that eluded the Black Bears catcher, allowing Jabs to score and give Brooklyn a 5-4 lead.

RHP Austin McGeorge (0-1) came out of the bullpen to try and close it out for the Cyclones, having not allowed a run over his first 10 outings. But the righthander ran into trouble, and Ty Moore’s one-out single plated the tying run before Arden Pabst connected on a three-run home run that would provide the winning margin for West Virginia. For McGeorge, the home run allowed was a rarity, as he tossed 83.0 innings at Long Beach State during his collegiate career without allowing a home run.

The Cyclones will look to rebound from the tough loss when they take on the Black Bears in the finale of the three-game set before heading to the All-Star Break. RHP Gabriel Llanes (3-5) will be on the mound for Brooklyn as the first 1,500 fans in attendance receive a special Cyclones Hands High T-Shirt while we celebrate Late Night in Brooklyn.



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