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August 24th – Troy, NY – The Cyclones lost a heart breaker on Wednesday evening, falling to Tri-City by the score of 7-4. The ValleyCats scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth off of the Brooklyn bullpen as the Cyclones lost for the fourth time in five games against Tri-City.

For the second night in a row, the Cyclones found themselves in an early hole after Neiko Johnson, the first batter up for the ValleyCats, connected on a leadoff home run and Tri-City had a 1-0 edge. The lead grew an inning later after a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly pushed a run across to make it 2-0 heading into the third.

But after the early offensive onslaught, Cyclones starter Carlos Vazquez settled down and gave Brooklyn a chance to claw their way back into the game, and that’s exactly what they would do. After a scoreless third and fourth frames, Tillman Pugh led off the top of the fifth with a solo blast to get Brooklyn on the scoreboard and trim the score to 2-1. The Cyclones would draw even later in the inning when a throwing error by ValleyCats first baseman Rafael Valenzuela allowed Brandon Brown to come all the way around from first base and knot the score at 2-2.

That is how it stayed until the top of the seventh when Brooklyn took the lead for the first time. Danny Muno worked a walk and advance to second on a balk from ValleyCats pitcher Mitchell Lambson. With Muno now in scoring position, Charley Thurber laced a single up the middle to push the go-ahead run across and give Brooklyn a 3-2 edge. Thurber moved himself into scoring position following a wild pitch and would come around to score on Richard Lucas’s two-out RBI single to push the Cyclones lead to 4-2.

But in the bottom of the eighth, the ValleyCats rallied off of the Cyclones bullpen to take the lead for good, with the big blow coming by way of a grand slam home run from Jacke Healey as they jumped in front for good by the score of 7-4. Todd Weldon (4-1) suffered the loss in relief, but it was Jeremy Gould who surrendered Healey’s home run.

Despite the loss, the Cyclones remain only 1.0 game behind Williamsport in the race for the Wild Card after the ‘Cutters lost to the Batavia Muckdogs tonight. The Cyclones will close out their series with the ValleyCats tomorrow evening with Jeff Walters on the mound before returning to MCU Park on Friday to open a four game series against the Hudson Valley Renegades.

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