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Aberdeen, MD – June 24th – The Cyclones scored early, and then held on late as they took the rubber game of a three game set from the Aberdeen IronBirds by the score of 10-5. Gabriel Ynoa (1-0) collected the win after his second strong outing of the season, allowing only a pair of runs in 6.0 innings. Offensively it was Alex Sanchez who led the charge, going 4-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Brooklyn wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on Sunday evening. Brandon Nimmo worked a one-out walk and then moved into scoring position thanks to a wild pitch. Alex Sanchez took advantage of the scoring opportunity and laced a single to center field to plate Nimmo and give the Cyclones a 1-0 advantage.

After a pair of scoreless frames, Brooklyn padded their lead in the fourth. Consecutive singles from Sanchez, Nelfi Zapata and Cole Frenzel loaded the bases before Eudy Pina smashed a double to center field to chase a pair of runners home and push the Cyclones advantage to 3-0 after four innings.

In the fifth the lead would swell to 6-0, and once again it was Alex Sanchez at the heart of the rally. Richie Rodriguez and Brandon Nimmo were issued back-to-back walks to start the threat before a groundout moved the pair of runners into scoring position with one out. Sanchez drove in his second run of the game with an RBI single and later scored on a two-RBI base hit from Cole Frenzel that gave the Cyclones a 6-0 edge.

In the sixth inning, Phillip Evans got in on the action, scoring Jonathan Clark with an RBI single that made in 7-0. In their next turn at-bat Nelfi Zapata’s solo blast, his first of the year, made it 8-0 Cyclones.

Those insurance runs proved to be critical because in the bottom half of the seventh Aberdeen’s bats awoke from their slumber. Gabriel Ynoa allowed a walk and a single to start the frame before giving way to Ernesto Yanez who walked a batter to load the bases and then surrendered a grand slam to Doug Bream, which sliced the Cyclones lead to 8-4. Yanez’s struggles didn’t end there however, as he allowed five of the six batters he faced to reach base safely and left the game with the bases loaded for the second time in the inning. Tyler Vanderheiden was next out of the pen for Brooklyn and the righthander was able to limit the damage, allowing only an RBI groundout that made it 8-5 heading into the eighth inning.

After an uneventful eighth inning, the Cyclones tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the ninth. With two outs, and a pair of runners in scoring position, Eudy Pina hit a groundball to Aberdeen shortstop Joel Hutter, who mishandled the grounder, and allowed a pair of runs to score to push the Cyclones edge to 10-5.

John Mincone pitched 2.0 scoreless innings to close out the game and collect his first save of the season.

The Cyclones return to MCU Park on Monday evening to take on the Hudson Valley Renegades at 7:00 p.m. Luis Mateo (1-0), who struck out nine in his first start of the season, will toe the rubber for the Cyclones. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a Luna Park Free Ride card, and it will also be a Night of Champions featuring NY Giant All-Pro offensive lineman David Diehl. Tickets start at just $9 and or on sale now by calling 718-507-TIXX, visiting the MCU Park box office or online at

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