Brooklyn, NY – September 1, 2017 – The late-season renaissance of the Brooklyn Cyclones continued on Friday night as they defeated the Lowell Spinners by the score of 2-1. It was the fourth straight win for the Cyclones, tying their season high, and for the seventh time in their last eight contests. Cyclones pitchers have now allowed just 10 earned runs over their last 73.0 innings on the mound.
LHP Jake Simon made the start for Brooklyn but didn’t make it through the second inning due to injury. Lowell’s Samuel Miranda hit a ground ball to the right side of the infield that was fielded by Edgardo Fermin who threw to Simon covering, but after Miranda was called safe on the play Simon collided with the Lowell catcher. The Brooklyn southpaw headed back to the mound and tossed one pitch before we has joined on the mound by the Cyclones medical staff and left the game rubbing his right shoulder.
Joe Napolitano was summoned from the bullpen and called into emergency relief for the Cyclones and was solid over his 2.2 innings on the mound. Napolitano allowed one inherited runner to score before tossing 2.2 shutout frames.
Meanwhile, wile Napolitano was mowing down the Spinners, the Brooklyn bats got going. In the bottom of the third Guillerm Granadillo doubled to start the frame and quickly came around to score on an RBI single off the bat of Walter Rasquin. Rasquin then etched his place into Cyclones history with his 31st stolen base of the season – a new single-season record, breaking the mark set by Angel Pagan in 2001. With a runner in scoring position, thanks to the historic swipe, Jose Medina doubled on a flair down the right field line to give Brooklyn a 2-1 lead.
After Napolitano left the game, Tony Dibrell carried the mantel for the Brooklyn bullpen with 2.0 shutout frames, before Placido Torres kept things going with pair of nearly flawless frames. Conner O’Neil then tossed a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth to collect his third save of the year. Since August 25th, the Brooklyn bullpen has allowed just two runs in 29.0 innings of work.
The Cyclones will look to complete the four-game sweep of the Spinners when they send David Peterson, the Mets 1st round pick, to the mound for his final start of the year. Game time is 6:00 PM with Post-Game Fireworks. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will also go home with a Cyclones Mr. Potato Head PLUS it’s Sponge Bob Square Pants night. That’s something for everyone Saturday night at MCU Park.