Lowell, MA – July 28, 2017 – The Cyclones lost a heartbreaker on Friday night, falling 3-2 in extra innings with a controversial call at the plate deciding the game. Quinn Brodey threw a perfect strike to the plate and seemingly had Yoan Aybar gunned down at the plate, but home plate umpire Matt Baldwin thought otherwise, and called the runner safe due to catcher's interference to give the Spinners a 3-2 win.
Darwin Ramos made the start for Brooklyn, and followed a familiar script. The righthander had one inning of trouble – allowing two runs in the second inning – but was nearly flawless the rest of the way. Ramos tossed 5.0 innings, scattering four hits and two walks while striking out six and allowing just the pair of runs. LHP Gunnar Kines added 3.1 spotless frames out of the bullpen to give the Cyclones a chance to come back.
And that’s just what they did. After collecting just one hit in the first six innings, the Brooklyn bats got going in the top of the seventh. Quinn Brodey had a one-out single and stole second before a Reed Gamache walk put a pair of runners aboard. Carl Stajduhar, playing in just his second game since being activated from the Disabled List, stroked a double to left field to score Brodey and trim the deficit to 2-1. After Scott Manea walked to load the bases, Carlos Sanchez had an RBI groundout to knot things up at 2-2.
That’s how it would stay until the bottom of the 10th, as neither team was able to mound much offense. With Trey Cobb on the mound, Aybar led off the bottom of the 10th with a single and advanced to second thanks to a sacrifice bunt. Cobb then issued an intentional walk to set the stage for the fireworks.
Michael Osinski singled on a ground ball to left fielder Quinn Brodey, who fielded and fired quickly to catcher Scott Manea who applied to tag, but the runner was ruled safe. Manea erupted and was ejected immediately by the home plate umpire, who was quickly engulfed by angry Cyclones including manager Edgardo Alfonzo. Despite their vehement objections, the call stood and the Spinners defeated the Cyclones 3-2.
The Cyclones will look to salvage the series finale – and snap an eight game losing skid against Lowell – on Saturday evening with RHP Nicolas Debora on the mound.