Niles, OH – July 11, 2017 – The Cyclones fell to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers by the score of 4-1 on Tuesday evening. Brooklyn managed just five hits on the night as they were kept off balance for most of the night by Scrappers pitching, led by a rehabbing big leaguer.
On the night of the Mid-Summer Classic, the Cyclones squared off against a 2016 MLB All-Star in Danny Salazar as the Cleveland Indians fire-baller continues to recover from shoulder soreness. The southpaw pitched like a big leaguer through his 5.0 shutout frames, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out seven. Jeremy Wolf, who had a third inning single, and Ricardo Cespedes, with a fifth inning single, will have the bragging rights in the clubhouse as the two Cyclones who got base knocks off the big leaguer.
But while Salazar seemed to be on top of his game, Cyclones starter Nicolas Debora struggled from the get-go. The righthander allowed a leadoff single to Austen Wade and three pitches later Samad Taylor connected on a two-run home run that gave the Scrappers the early 2-0 edge. Nolan Jones followed with a double and after a hit by pitch put two runners aboard, Clark Scolamiero stroked a single to right field to push the Mahoning Valley advantage to 3-0. One inning later the Scrappers tacked on another run, aided by an error by Cyclones shortstop Franklin Correa, to make it 4-0 after two.
That’s how it would stay, as Debora settled down before turning the ball over to Gunnar Kines out of the bullpen. The big lefthander was nearly flawless over his 4.0 shutout innings, allowing just one hit, while striking out an affiliated career-high six batters.
The Cyclones lone run of the game came in the top of the sixth, thanks to back-to-back two-out doubles from Jose Medina and Quinn Brodey, that trimmed the Brooklyn deficit to 4-1. In the top of the eighth Walter Rasquin singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, longest in the New York-Penn League this season.
Brooklyn mounted a rally in the top of the ninth, as Jonathan Teaney hit a batter and issued a walk, allowing Brooklyn to bring the tying run to the plate twice. But Carlos Sanchez grounded out and Jeremy Wolf struck out to end the threat and the game.
The Cyclones will look to rebound on Wednesday night in the middle game of the three-game set at Eastwood Field when they send LHP Jake Simon (0-2) to the mound. The ‘Clones will return to MCU Park on Friday to open a six-game homestand filled with great giveaways, fireworks, and fun. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit BrooklynCyclones.com/tickets.