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BKLYN DROPS RUBBER GAME TO SCRAPPERS, FALL 5-1


BROOKLYN,NY – August 25, 2016 – The Cyclones late-season swoon continued on Thursday night as they fell to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers by the score of 5-1 at MCU Park. Brooklyn is now 2-6 since the All-Star Break and fall below .500 for the first time since August 7th. Franklin Correa was the lone bright spot of the evening going 2-for-4 in the batter’s box and tossing 1.0 scoreless frame on the mound, including a pair of strikeouts.

After trading zeroes through the first two frames, the Scrappers drew first blood in the top of the third. Brooklyn starter Erik Manoah struck out the first two batters he faced in the frame before plunking Andrew Calica to give Mahoning Valley a two-out base runner. For Calica, it was the New York-Penn League leading 16th time that he has hit by a pitch this season. Erlin Cerda followed with a line drive single to center before Emmanuel Tapia reached on an infield single. Second baseman Franklin Correa was able to knock down the ground ball from Tapia, keeping the ball on the infield and creating some confusion on the base paths. Calica stayed planted at third base, but Cerda rounded second and both runners found themselves at third base with the ball still on the infield, but Brooklyn wasn’t able to capitalize on the base running miscue as Cerda was able to scamper back to second safely. That defensive lapse would loom large, as Erik Manoah walked the next batter he faced, Gavin Collins, to force home a run and give the Scrappers a 1-0 edge.

Brooklyn responded quickly, drawing even in their next turn at-bat. Gene Cone had a one out single and stole second base before Desmond Lindsay singled up the middle to plate the Cyclones first run and drawing even at 1-1.

But it would be the top of the fourth inning when Mahoning Valley would grab control of the game for good. Jack Goihl got things started with a line drive to center field that Desmond Lindsay made a diving attempt on, but when he whiffed it allowed the Scrappers catcher to scamper all the way to third with a leadoff triple. He would score later in the frame courtesy of a passed ball that eluded Brooklyn catcher Ali Sanchez to give Mahoning Valley a 2-1 advantage. The crushing blow came later in the frame when Andrew Calica connected on a two-out, two-strike, two-run home run off the right field foul pole to extend the Scrappers advantage to 4-1.

Brooklyn would have several chances to slice into the deficit, loading the bases in the bottom of the fourth and getting a bringing the tying run to the plate in the fifth, and loading the bases again in the sixth, but were never able to break through.

Conversely, the Scrappers were table to tack on another insurance run in the top of the sixth off of Brooklyn reliever Dillon Becker, courtesy of an RBI single from Emmnauel Tapia that would push their lead to 5-1, which is how the game would end.

The Cyclones will now head on the road to take on the Williamsport Crosscutters for a three-game, weekend series in Central PA. RHP Harol Gonzalez will make the start for Brooklyn. The Cyclones will return home on Monday evening for a three-game set with the Auburn Doubledays.


BROOKLYN,NY – August 25, 2016 – The Cyclones late-season swoon continued on Thursday night as they fell to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers by the score of 5-1 at MCU Park. Brooklyn is now 2-6 since the All-Star Break and fall below .500 for the first time since August 7th. Franklin Correa was the lone bright spot of the evening going 2-for-4 in the batter’s box and tossing 1.0 scoreless frame on the mound, including a pair of strikeouts.

After trading zeroes through the first two frames, the Scrappers drew first blood in the top of the third. Brooklyn starter Erik Manoah struck out the first two batters he faced in the frame before plunking Andrew Calica to give Mahoning Valley a two-out base runner. For Calica, it was the New York-Penn League leading 16th time that he has hit by a pitch this season. Erlin Cerda followed with a line drive single to center before Emmanuel Tapia reached on an infield single. Second baseman Franklin Correa was able to knock down the ground ball from Tapia, keeping the ball on the infield and creating some confusion on the base paths. Calica stayed planted at third base, but Cerda rounded second and both runners found themselves at third base with the ball still on the infield, but Brooklyn wasn’t able to capitalize on the base running miscue as Cerda was able to scamper back to second safely. That defensive lapse would loom large, as Erik Manoah walked the next batter he faced, Gavin Collins, to force home a run and give the Scrappers a 1-0 edge.

Brooklyn responded quickly, drawing even in their next turn at-bat. Gene Cone had a one out single and stole second base before Desmond Lindsay singled up the middle to plate the Cyclones first run and drawing even at 1-1.

But it would be the top of the fourth inning when Mahoning Valley would grab control of the game for good. Jack Goihl got things started with a line drive to center field that Desmond Lindsay made a diving attempt on, but when he whiffed it allowed the Scrappers catcher to scamper all the way to third with a leadoff triple. He would score later in the frame courtesy of a passed ball that eluded Brooklyn catcher Ali Sanchez to give Mahoning Valley a 2-1 advantage. The crushing blow came later in the frame when Andrew Calica connected on a two-out, two-strike, two-run home run off the right field foul pole to extend the Scrappers advantage to 4-1.

Brooklyn would have several chances to slice into the deficit, loading the bases in the bottom of the fourth and getting a bringing the tying run to the plate in the fifth, and loading the bases again in the sixth, but were never able to break through.

Conversely, the Scrappers were table to tack on another insurance run in the top of the sixth off of Brooklyn reliever Dillon Becker, courtesy of an RBI single from Emmnauel Tapia that would push their lead to 5-1, which is how the game would end.

The Cyclones will now head on the road to take on the Williamsport Crosscutters for a three-game, weekend series in Central PA. RHP Harol Gonzalez will make the start for Brooklyn. The Cyclones will return home on Monday evening for a three-game set with the Auburn Doubledays.



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