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.
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