Brooklyn, NY – August 30, 2017 – The Vermont Lake Monsters took Game One of Wednesday’s twin bill by the score of 3-1 at MCU Park. Vermont managed just five hits in the game, but two of them were home runs which proved to be the difference in the game.
Chris Viall (0-3) made the start for Brooklyn in Game One of the doubleheader and, after not allowing a home run over 17.1 innings this season, fell victim to the long ball this evening. Ryan Gridley, just the second batter of the game, connected on a 3-2 offering for a solo home run – his first professional home run – to give Vermont a 1-0 lead.
After trading zeroes in the second the Lake Monsters added to their lead in the top of the third, again courtesy of the long ball. After Javier Godard singled to start the frame, Will Toffey connected on another 3-2 offering for his first professional home run, to extend the Lake Monsters lead to 3-0.
Cyclones pitchers have now allowed a league-leading 40 home runs, just one shy of the franchise record of 41 set during the 2004 season.
In the bottom of the fourth Edgardo Fermin got in on the party with his first home run since July 22, 2015. Fermin, playing for the first time since August 17th, connected on a 1-0 offering and sent it deep over the left field wall for a solo home run to trim the Brooklyn deficit to 3-1.
That’s how it would stay, as Brooklyn went quietly over the final three innings of the shortened seven inning game.
In the nightcap of the twin-bill, it was the Cyclones who used the long ball to jump out to an early lead. Walter Rasquin started the rally when he was hit by a pitch and moved into scoring position with his 28th stolen base of the season. Then, with two outs, Jose Maria hit a laser off the left field scoreboard for his fifth home run of the season to give Brooklyn the early 2-0 advantage.
The Cyclones tacked on another run in the third inning after Dylan Snypes tripled into the left-centerfield gap to lead off the frame and came home one pitch later courtesy of a Rasquin sac fly that made it 3-0.
That lead was in safe hands as RHP Jose Geraldo dominated the Lake Monsters through 5.0 innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. After getting Ryan Gridley to fly out to centerfield for the first out, Jesus Lage singled and Logan Farrar worked a walk to put a pair of runners aboard and chase Geraldo from the game. Stephen Villines came out of the pen and struck out cleanup hitter Greg Deichmann and Anthony Churlin to end the threat and keep the Cyclones ahead.
Geraldo’s night ended after 5.1 shutout frames, scattering four hits and two walks while striking out five.
Villines would stay in the game and record a 1-2-3 inning to collect his first save with the Cyclones while striking out four of the five batters he faced.
Brooklyn will now open a four-game series with the Lowell Spinners, including a doubleheader on Thursday evening starting at 6:00 PM. It will be Christmas in July with the first 5,000 fans in attendance going home with a Cyclones ski cap.