Norwich, CT – July21, 2017 – It was nearly two weeks since the Brooklyn Cyclones hit a home run, but when they finally did, it came at the perfect time as Quinn Brodey’s eighth inning grand slam propelled the Cyclones to a 10-6 win over the Connecticut Tigers on Friday night. The win extended the Cyclones winning streak to four games and guaranteed them just their third series win of the season.
The Cyclones wasted little time getting on the board, as they scored three times against Tigers top prospect Matt Manning in the top of the first. Leon Byrd walked to start the frame and a pair of singled from Jose M. Medina and Walter Rasquin loaded the bases with two outs. Manning then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Byrd to score the game’s first run. Then, with a pair of runners in scoring position, Reed Gamache drilled an opposite field double to extend Brooklyn’s lead to 3-0.
Luis De Los Santos made his Cyclones debut as the starting pitcher for Brooklyn and received a rude welcome to the New York-Penn League from the Tigers, who scored a pair in the first and a pair in the second to turn the Cyclones 3-0 lead into a 4-3 deficit. The righthander's night came to a close after just 2.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts. Conner O’Neil was first out of the bullpen for the Cyclones and he quickly found himself in a jam entering the game with the bases loaded and two outs. But the righthander was able to clean up the mess by striking out Teddy Hoffman to end the third and keep the Cyclones down by just a run.
Gunnar Kines (2-2) continued his renaissance on the mound with 4.1 solid frames, striking out a career-high seven, to give the Cyclones a chance to come back.
And comeback they did. After a solo home run from Hoffman in the bottom of the sixth extended the Tigers lead to 5-3, Brooklyn got an RBI single from Walter Rasquin to trim the deficit to 5-4. Rasquin finished the night 5-for-5 and tied the franchise record for hits in a game and is now batting .341 on the season.
Then in the top of the eighth the Cyclones came roaring back on the Tigers to grab hold of the game. With two outs and Jose Maria on second base, Leon Byrd got things even with an RBI double that made it 5-5. But the Cyclones were just getting started. Edgardo Fermin and Jose Medina each walked to load the bases for Quinn Brodey. The third round selection from Stanford connected on the first pitch he saw and sent it over the right field wall to give Brooklyn a 9-5 lead. For the Cyclones it was their first home run in 441 at-bats, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Rasquin then singled, stole second and came home on a Reed Gamache single to push the advantage to 10-5.
The Tigers scratched out a run in the eighth, thanks to a pair of triples off of Kines, to make it 10-6, and got a pair of hits in the ninth, but Gregorix Estevez got the last to outs of the game to close out the Brooklyn win.
The Cyclones will look to extend their winning streak to five in a row, and complete their first sweep of the season, when they take on the Tigers in the series finale on Saturday night at Dodd Stadium. LHP Jake Simon will look to rebound from a shaky start when he toes the rubber for Brooklyn.