Morgantown, WV – August 8, 2017 – A 300+ mile bus ride didn’t put an end to the Cyclones recent struggles, as they fell to the West Virginia Black Bears 7-3 on Tuesday night. The loss was Brooklyn’s fifth straight, marking the fourth time this season the team has lost at least five games in a row.
Jose Geraldo (0-1) had a solid Cyclones debut, but fell victim to a pair or errors that lead to West Virginia runs. In the bottom of the first, Chris Sharpe led off the frame with a single and advance to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Geraldo struck out Deon Stafford for out number two, Sharpe broke from second with the Brooklyn righthander still in the stretch. When Geraldo realized the runner was on the move, his throw to third base went wide and allowed Sharpe to score the game’s first run.
After a scoreless second, Brooklyn would draw even in the top of the third. Franklin Correa singled to start the frame before Dylan Snypes worked a walk to put a pair of runners aboard with nobody out. Carlos Sanchez lofted a flyball to right field for out number one, but it was deep enough to allow Correa to move up to third and put runners on the corners. Leon Byrd took advantage of the scoring chance with a line drive single to right that plated a run and tied things up at 1-1. Brooklyn had a chance to add on, with runners on the corners and just one out, but Walter Rasquin grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.
With Geraldo still on the mound in the fourth, West Virginia would take advantage of a Brooklyn error again, to retake the lead. Raul Siri hit a groundball to short stop that looked like it would be out number two, but Correa’s throw to first was off line and when Jeremy Vasquez tried to slap the tag on the runner, the ball trickled into right field allowing Siri to scamper all the way to third. Raul Hernandez quickly followed with a sac fly that put West Virginia in front 2-1 after four.
In the fifth, Trey Cobb came out of the Cyclones bullpen and was greeted rudely when Lucas Tancas connected on a three-run home run to extend the Black Bears advantage to 5-1. The homer was the 27th allowed by Brooklyn pitching this season, and the 20th to come on the road.
In the top of the sixth, Brooklyn sliced into the deficit, as recently named NYPL All-Star Walter Rasquin doubled to start the frame and Jose M. Medina, also an All-Star, was hit by a pitch to put a pair of runners aboard. With Quinn Brodey batting, West Virginia’s starter Sergio Cubilete uncorked a wild pitch to move both runners into scoring position. Brodey then had an RBI groundout and Carl Stajduhar added a sacrifice fly that cut the West Virginia advantage to 5-3.
But West Virginia tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh, off of Marcel Renteria, to make it 7-3, which is how the game would end.
The Cyclones will look to rebound on Wednesday when they send RHP Chris Viall to the mound for his first start of the season.