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Brooklyn, NY – June 29th –
The Cyclones hit Aberdeen starting pitcher Cameron Coffey for four runs in the third inning Friday night, and went on to defeat the IronBirds, 5-2.

Shortstop Phillip Evans put the Cyclones on the board in the top of the third with a two-out, two-run blast over the left field wall. Second baseman Juan Gamboa, who scored on the play, reached on a single and advanced to second when Aberdeen pitcher committed an error on a failed pickoff attempt.

Following the home run, DH Kevin Plawecki was hit by a pitch. He was plated on a triple off the bat of first baseman Cole Frenzel. Frenzel then came home when left fielder Stefan Sabol doubled to center field, but catcher Jeff Glenn struck out looking to end the inning.

Coffey lasted just four innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Brooklyn starter Rainy Lara retired the first 12 batters of the game in order before surrendering a leadoff triple to the right field wall to DH Torsten Boss in the fifth. Boss crossed the plate when the next hitter, first baseman Cameron Edman singled, cutting the Cyclones lead to three runs.

Second baseman Jerome Pena got to Lara in the sixth, knocking him out of the game with a two-out solo home run to right; but not before Lara struck out 10 IronBirds in his 5.2 innings of work. Lara is the 22nd player in franchise history to strike out 10 or more in a game, and the first since August 12, 2010 when A.J. Pinera fanned 10 batters at Auburn.

Brooklyn reliever Beck Wheeler took over on the mound and walked left fielder Will Howard. Howard then stole second, but Wheeler struck out Boss to get out of the inning.

Back-to-back doubles by Frenzel and Sabol in the bottom of the eighth gave the Cyclones another run to make it 5-2. Frenzel, who has been hot at the plate, went 3-for-4 on the night, batted in a run, and scored two. Before the game, Frenzel’s .486 on-base percentage ranked him third in the entire NYPL.

Matt Bowman came in from the bullpen in the ninth to close out the game and pick up his first save of the season. He struck out five over his 2.0 innings of work in his professional debut.

The Cyclones will look to take the last game of the series against the Aberdeen IronBirds tomorrow night, Saturday, June 30, at MCU Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM. Tickets are available now by visiting the MCU box office, calling 718-507-TIXX, or CLICKING HERE.

-Courtney Nunes

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