Norwich, CT – July 22, 2017 – The Connecticut Tigers managed to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Cyclones thanks to a 2-1 victory on Saturday night. Brooklyn went just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, including and 0-for-3 stretch with the bases loaded in the fourth. The loss snapped the Cyclones winning streak at four games.
Darwin Ramos (1-3) made the start for Brooklyn and quickly found himself in a jam in the bottom of the first. Luke Burch worked a leadoff walk and stole second before a bunt single from Ro Coleman put runners on the corners with nobody out. Jordan Pearce then ribbed a double to left field to plate Birch and put runners and second and third with nobody out. Ramos was able to limit the damage though, surrendering just one additional run on a sacrifice fly, as Brooklyn found themselves in a 2-0 hole after one.
The Cyclones got a pair of runners aboard with nobody out in the third, but were unable to score. An inning later, a pair of errors and a Walter Rasquin single loaded the bases with nobody out. Ricardo Cespedes followed with an RBI single to slice the deficit to 2-1. With the bags still full, and nobody out, the Cyclones would fail to push home another run as Jose Maria struck out swinging, Carlos Sanchez hit into a fielder’s choice and Leon Byrd grounded out to end the threat.
The Cyclones had another scoring chance in the fifth when Edgardo Fermin walked to start the frame and advanced to second on a singled from Jose M. Medina, but a double play and a fly out quickly ended that uprising before it could develop.
That would be it for the offense on both sides, as Brooklyn’s last 11 batters were retired in order. Connecticut didn’t fare much better, as Ramos and then Jake Simon each kept the Tigers off balance, allowing just one hit after the third inning. But the damage had been done.
The Cyclones will return to MCU Park on Sunday to open a three-game set with the Aberdeen IronBirds at 4:00 PM. The first 1,500 kids in attendance will receive a Cyclones Toy Truck as part of Sunday Funday at the ballpark.