The Brooklyn Cyclones (15-2) scored nine runs to win their ninth straight game on Monday afternoon, in a matinee 9-8 slugfest victory over the Tri-City Valley Cats (5-10). Monday's game in Troy, NY began at 11:00am.
3B Nick Giarraputo put the Cyclones on the board right away, with a two-run home run -- his first of the year -- in the first inning. Giarraputo (pictured, by George Napolitano) finished the day 1-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
DH Dock Doyle later belted a bases-loaded, three-run triple in the third inning. It was Doyle's second triple in as many games. The next batter, RF Luis Rivera, then crushed a two-run home run to cap a five-run inning for Brooklyn. Rivera finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, and now leads the league with a .417 average. LF Alex Gregory and SS Luis Nieves each chipped in one RBI, as well.
RHP Collin McHugh started for Brooklyn, but left the game after 3.2 innings, and was not eligible for the win. LHP Lance Hoge relieved McHugh, and surrendered three runs in 2.2 innings. LHP Matias Carrillo (1-0) then shut down Tri-City over 2.1 innings for his first win, before RHP Michael Powers closed out the game with a strikeout for his third save of the season. Both Carrillo and Powers have yet to allow a run all season.
The Cyclones return to Brooklyn on Tuesday, July 7th to take on the Aberdeen IronBirds. That night is Jewish Heritage Night at the ballpark, with an on-field hora before the game, a knish-eating contest and themed entertainment throughout the night. In addition, the first 2,500 fans will receive Cyclones Playing Cards, presented by Harrah's.
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