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SEVEN-RUN SEVENTH LEADS BROOKLYN TO 11-1 WIN


ABERDEEN, MD – September 2, 2016 – Merandy Gonzalez was dominant on the mound for the Cyclones, who used a seven run seventh inning to run away with a 11-1 win over the Aberdeen IronBirds on Friday night. Blake Tiberi and Michael Paez each had a career-high four hits to pace the Brooklyn offensive explosion.

The Cyclones wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, jumping out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. Paez got things started with a one out single before stealing second base, his eight swipe of the year. With Paez in scoring position, Colby Woodmansee roped a single to left field to plate the game’s first run. The Brooklyn shortstop then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Aberdeen backstop Ronald Soto, before coming home on Blake Tiberi’s RBI single that made it 2-0.

The IronBirds would get one back in the bottom of the fourth when Preston Palmeiro started the frame with a double, advanced to second a sacrifice bunt and scored on an RBI groundout from Alejandro Juvier that trimmed Brooklyn’s deficit to 2-1.
After trading zeroes in the fifth and sixth innings, the Cyclones tacked on another run in the seventh courtesy of an RBI groundout from Anthony Dimino that extended Brooklyn’s lead to 3-1.

With Cyclones starter Merandy Gonzalez (6-3), on the mound that would be more than enough. The righthander tossed 6.2 dominant frames, allowing just the one run on a pair of hits while walking two and striking out eight. Gonzalez handed the ball over to Adam Atkins who retired the lone batter he faced to close out the seventh.

In the top of the eighth inning, Brooklyn took a season’s worth of offensive frustrations out on the IronBirds bullpen to blow the game wide open. Gene Cone singled and Paez doubled to put a pair of runners in scoring position for Desmond Lindsay with nobody out. The Brooklyn centerfielder lined a single up the middle to score a pair and extend Brooklyn’s lead to 5-1. Colby Woodmansee followed with a walk to put a pair aboard for Blake Tiberi who ripped a single to right field, plating Lindsay and advancing Woodmansee to third. After Ali Sanchez walked to load the bases, still with nobody out, Anthony Dimino reached on an error that allowed a pair of Cyclones to score and extend the Brooklyn lead to 8-1. Luis Carpio was able to work a walk to re-load the bases before Jay Jabs was hit by a pitch to force home a run. Cone followed, in his second at-bat of the frame, with a sacrifice fly that made it 10-1. When it was all said and done, the Cyclones scored seven runs, sent 12 batters to the plate, and had five hits, while taking complete control of the game.

In the ninth, Brooklyn tacked on another insurance run courtesy of a Luis Carpio RBI single that extended the Brooklyn lead to 11-1.

LHP Gabriel Feliz pitched a scoreless eighth for the Cyclones and Joe Zanghi tossed the ninth to close out the win.

With the win, the Cyclones improved to 36-37 on the season, and will look to take the rubber match of the three-game series on Saturday night at Ripken Stadium. RHP Raul Jacobson (2-2) will take the hill for Brooklyn for the 7:05 PM start. The Cyclones will return to MCU Park on Sunday for the regular season finale that has been rescheduled for a 4:00 PM first pitch due to the impending weather event that is expected to hit Coney Island late in the day. Tickets start at just $10 and are available now by calling 718-507-TIXX, logging on to BrooklynCyclones.com or in person at the MCU Park Box Office.


ABERDEEN, MD – September 2, 2016 – Merandy Gonzalez was dominant on the mound for the Cyclones, who used a seven run seventh inning to run away with a 11-1 win over the Aberdeen IronBirds on Friday night. Blake Tiberi and Michael Paez each had a career-high four hits to pace the Brooklyn offensive explosion.

The Cyclones wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, jumping out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. Paez got things started with a one out single before stealing second base, his eight swipe of the year. With Paez in scoring position, Colby Woodmansee roped a single to left field to plate the game’s first run. The Brooklyn shortstop then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Aberdeen backstop Ronald Soto, before coming home on Blake Tiberi’s RBI single that made it 2-0.

The IronBirds would get one back in the bottom of the fourth when Preston Palmeiro started the frame with a double, advanced to second a sacrifice bunt and scored on an RBI groundout from Alejandro Juvier that trimmed Brooklyn’s deficit to 2-1.
After trading zeroes in the fifth and sixth innings, the Cyclones tacked on another run in the seventh courtesy of an RBI groundout from Anthony Dimino that extended Brooklyn’s lead to 3-1.

With Cyclones starter Merandy Gonzalez (6-3), on the mound that would be more than enough. The righthander tossed 6.2 dominant frames, allowing just the one run on a pair of hits while walking two and striking out eight. Gonzalez handed the ball over to Adam Atkins who retired the lone batter he faced to close out the seventh.

In the top of the eighth inning, Brooklyn took a season’s worth of offensive frustrations out on the IronBirds bullpen to blow the game wide open. Gene Cone singled and Paez doubled to put a pair of runners in scoring position for Desmond Lindsay with nobody out. The Brooklyn centerfielder lined a single up the middle to score a pair and extend Brooklyn’s lead to 5-1. Colby Woodmansee followed with a walk to put a pair aboard for Blake Tiberi who ripped a single to right field, plating Lindsay and advancing Woodmansee to third. After Ali Sanchez walked to load the bases, still with nobody out, Anthony Dimino reached on an error that allowed a pair of Cyclones to score and extend the Brooklyn lead to 8-1. Luis Carpio was able to work a walk to re-load the bases before Jay Jabs was hit by a pitch to force home a run. Cone followed, in his second at-bat of the frame, with a sacrifice fly that made it 10-1. When it was all said and done, the Cyclones scored seven runs, sent 12 batters to the plate, and had five hits, while taking complete control of the game.

In the ninth, Brooklyn tacked on another insurance run courtesy of a Luis Carpio RBI single that extended the Brooklyn lead to 11-1.

LHP Gabriel Feliz pitched a scoreless eighth for the Cyclones and Joe Zanghi tossed the ninth to close out the win.

With the win, the Cyclones improved to 36-37 on the season, and will look to take the rubber match of the three-game series on Saturday night at Ripken Stadium. RHP Raul Jacobson (2-2) will take the hill for Brooklyn for the 7:05 PM start. The Cyclones will return to MCU Park on Sunday for the regular season finale that has been rescheduled for a 4:00 PM first pitch due to the impending weather event that is expected to hit Coney Island late in the day. Tickets start at just $10 and are available now by calling 718-507-TIXX, logging on to BrooklynCyclones.com or in person at the MCU Park Box Office.



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