Brooklyn, NY – July 19, 2017 –Exceptional pitching, a clean day in the field and clutch hitting allowed the Cyclones to do something it hasn’t done in a month: Win a series. Wednesday night’s game, a 3-1 pitching duel featured Marty Anderson outdueling Jorge Guzman. After scoring a run in the first, the Yankees were held scoreless for the remainder of the game. In the last two Cyclones wins, SI has been held to 1-19 with runners in scoring position.
“It’s a great relief for us,” BKLYN manager Edgardo Alfonzo said of winning the series. “Especially against the Yankees, they are always tough.”
Oswaldo Cabrera started the game with a bang as he sent a booming double to right field. After a flyball moved him to third, Dom Thompson-Williams brought him in with a grounder to third.
The Cyclones were close to tying it up in the bottom half of the opening frame. With two outs and runners on first and second, Reed Gamache worked a five-pitch at-bat. SI starter Jorge Guzman dropped in an off-speed pitch to end the inning.
Matt Winaker left the game in the first inning after he dove back to first on a pickoff attempt. Jose Maria entered the game in replace of Winaker.
In the top of the second, SI threatened again. After a walk and single to start the inning, Anderson got two quick outs. Leon Byrd saved a run with a diving stop, forcing the bases loaded. A grounder to second allowed Anderson to escape the jam.
The Yankees put on two more runners in scoring position in the fourth, but another grounder to second bailed out Anderson. In the sixth, Marcel Renteria made his BKLYN debut and pitched two perfect innings with four strikeouts. His performance earned him his first win of the year.
“(Renteria’s) performance was tremendous and Chadwick,” Alfonzo said. “Everytime we do that; it’s going to be great. This is what it’s all about. Throwing a first pitch strike and see what happens.”
BKLYN put some pressure on Guzman in the bottom of the fourth. After Gamache walked, Walter Rasquin knocked a hard single to right field. Yet, Guzman escaped his own jam by striking out Ricardo Cespedes and getting Scott Manea to pop out.
After a walk, Leon Byrd knocked Guzman out of the game with a single to right. Greg Weissert came in and got Maria to ground into a double play in his second at-bat of the game.
Walter Rasquin created another opportunity in the bottom of the sixth, ripping a double to left field and moving Gamache to third. Cespedes flied out to shallow center for the second out. Just as it seemed the Cyclones would waste another opportunity, Manea singled to left field and tied the game. With a chance to take the lead, Domingo Fermin hit his own single to right field. The two-out rally came to an end as Byrd struck out. But, the damage had been done.
Cannon Chadwick entered the game in the eighth and surrendered a single and walk. The lead in jeopardy, Chadwick got Timmy Robinson to fly out and both Nelson Gomez and Kendall Coleman to strikeout. In the bottom of the eighth, Byrd was hit by a pitch and Rasquin came in to score, doubling the Cyclones lead.
Chadwick remained in the game in the ninth and sealed the victory. For the second time this season, the Cyclones won back-to-back games.
“That was a good win,” Alfonzo said. “A good lift for everyone in the clubhouse. I hope (this is a turnaround). The guys have the good taste of what it is to win. Hopefully that motivates them to keep doing that.”
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