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Cyclones Split a Pair with Connecticut

Brooklyn, NY -- July 2, 2017 -- The Brooklyn Cyclones went into Saturday night’s game looking to end a seven-game losing streak — the team’s longest in since it lost eight in 2014. A poor 2-8 start in 2017 plunged the Cyclones into last place in the McNamara Division. That is until Sunday when, at least for one game, the Cyclones played to their potential.



An offense starving for clutch hits finally delivered (3-12 with RISP). A pitching staff devastated by overuse threw six innings of shutout ball. And a team seemingly unable to put it all together did just that for one game on Sunday as Brooklyn (3-8) defeated Connecticut (7-4) 7-6, for its first home win of the season.



After a disastrous two innings, the streak was primed to reach eight— until the rain. As the first inning ended, a storm front from right field cascaded over the stadium and unleashed. The umpires suspended the game in the bottom of the second with the Cyclones trailing the Tigers 5-2.



Starter Jake Simon only recorded two outs in the first before being pulled. Reliever Joe Napolitano entered and his struggles persisted. The team allowed five hits and committed three errors in just two innings of play.



Unexpectedly, the Cyclone offense rebounded. The sluggish unit that scored four runs in its past 27 innings put up two in the first off of first-round draft pick Matt Manning. Catcher Carlos Sanchez ripped a triple before the game was suspended.



The Cyclones chipped away as the game picked back up. Sanchez scored on a passed ball, cutting the deficit to two in the second inning. In the fourth, Franklin Correa punched a ball in the whole between second and first to score Jose Miguel Medina. Connecticut now led 5-4.



Throughout the season, the fifth inning had been the Cyclones kryptonite. In 10 games the team had been outscored 17-0 in the frame. But on Sunday, the unexpected happened. Pitcher Chase Ingram dazzled with a six pitch inning in the top half.



In the bottom of the fifth, Matt Winaker beat out an infield single. Then, Quinn Brodey ended his nine pitch at-bat with a single into center. A throwing error by Tiger third baseman Colby Bortles allowed Winaker to score, tying the game.



With a runner on third and two outs, the Cyclones delivered another big hit. Medina displayed the power he routinely shows in batting practice and launched one that hit the top of the wall in left center. He missed a home run by a foot, but, the six pitch at-bat gave the Cyclones their second home lead of the season. In the bottom of the eigth, Medina continued his exemplary game by blasting a home run off the left field score board, doubling the Brooklyn lead, in what would be a critical insurance run.



Gregorix Estevez started the ninth inning with a five-pitch walk. The runner moved to second after a groundout to first. An infield single put runners on the corners with one out. A chopper up the middle resulted in an out at second and a scored run, 7-6 Brooklyn. With the tying run on first, and Tiger right fielder Reynaldo Rivera at the plate, Estevez dropped a curveball right down the middle for the much needed win.  



 Brooklyn, NY -- July 2, 2017 -- Just 30 minutes after their first win of the season, the Brooklyn Cyclones played Sunday’s scheduled game against the Connecticut Tigers. Both starters worked quickly, and all batters swung early, moving the game along with ease.

Cyclone starter Jose Carlos Medina needed only 19 pitches to get through the first two innings, his counterpart, Tiger starter Jhonny Myers threw 25. The third frame continued to move along until Elys Escobar stepped up to the plate. After staring at the first two pitches, Escobar ripped a towering shot to left, giving Connecticut a one-run lead. Medina served it up on a platter, and the game’s expediency cost the Cyclones. Escobar’s blast was the difference in the Brooklyn’s (3-9) 3-2, seven inning loss to Connecticut (8-4). The loss drops the Cyclones to 1-5 at MCU Park.

After stringing together seven runs in the first game on Sunday (a result from last night’s rain delay turned suspension), Brooklyn had one run in game two. An offense that appeared to turn things around reverted back to the struggles that played a major factor in the team’s seven game losing streak.

Medina — a natural reliever who has started this season out of necessity — faced more pressure in the fourth. Two back-to-back singles and a passed ball put runners on second and third with no one out. Dylan Burdeaux’s sacrifice fly doubled the Tiger lead. The Culiacan Rosales, Mexico-native had another productive game. Medina pitched all seven innings with relative ease and struck out five. Yet, another good pitching performance was capped off with a “L” due to a lack of run support.

“For Medina it’s another tremendous game,” Cyclones manager Edgardo Alfonzo said. “It’s too bad he got the loss again, that guy is unbelievable.”

Brooklyn’s offense put some pressure on Myers in the bottom of the fourth as well. Two quick singles gave the Cyclones a chance to get on the board. But an even quicker fly out and two ground balls ended the inning. A throwing error by Junnell Ledezma allowed Reed Gamache to score and Brooklyn trailed by one heading to the top of the fifth.

In the sixth, Medina grooved another pitch down the middle and Dylan Rosa smashed it to left field, nearly the same spot as Escobar’s homer.

The Cyclones again put pressure on the Tigers in the bottom of the sixth, again having two more back-to-back singles to kick off a frame. Matt Winaker sent a deep drive to center that was caught for the first out. A Quinn Brodey walk loaded the bases for Jose Miguel Medina — the hero from game one who had two RBI and a home run. Medina’s RBI groundout made it a one-run contest. When Jose Maria struck out looking to end the inning, Brooklyn felt the familiar disappointment of not producing with runners in scoring position.

After getting three hits with RISP in game one, the Cyclones had no such hits in game two.

“The good thing is they battled back,” Alfonzo said. “To me this is what I would like to see from the guys.”

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