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Brooklyn, NY – August 23rd – The Cyclones took a 2-1 lead into the ninth, but fell to the Tri-City ValleyCats 4-3 in extra innings on Thursday night.

The ValleyCats were on the board in the top of the first as Jesse Wierzbicki hit an RBI triple to score Preston Tucker. Tucker had reached on a single. Wierzbicki, however, attempted to score after Tucker, but was out at the plate to end the inning.

The Cyclones evened things up in the bottom half of the following frame. Jeff Reynolds drew a two-out walk before Eudy Pina singled on a line drive to center field. With Reynolds at third, Brandon Nimmo then also singled to tie the score at 1-1.

Brooklyn took a one-run lead in the fifth. Phillip Evans singled before Kevin Plawecki walked for the second time. Then, Evans was plated by a single off the bat of Julio Concepcion. Another single – this time by Alex Sanchez – loaded the bases, but Nelfi Zapata grounded into a force out to end the inning.

Brian Holmes went 5.0 innings and allowed two earned runs off six hits with four walks and three strikeouts. In 6.2 innings, Gabriel Ynoa held Tri-City to just one earned run off five hits. Ynoa walked one and fanned five batters.

David Wynn came in from the bullpen in the seventh with a runner in scoring position, but got Ryan Dineen to fly out to center after allowing a walk to escape the inning. John Mincone pitched a scoreless eighth, but gave up a run to the ValleyCats in the top of the ninth to blow the Cyclones' lead.

Mincone allowed a leadoff single to Jesse Wierzbicki, and then got Tyler Heineman to ground out. With Wierzbicki at second, Mike Cokinos singled in the tying run.

In the top of the eleventh, Wierzbicki hit a two-run home run to left off Beck Wheeler, giving Tri-City a 4-2 lead. Wierzbicki hit for the cycle as he tripled in his first at bat, doubled in the fourth, and singled in the ninth.

The Cyclones had back-to-back singles to begin the bottom half of the frame. Eudy Pina then grounded out, advancing both runners into scoring position. Up next, Brandon Nimmo also grounded out, but Zapata was able to score from third, cutting the ValleyCats' lead to just one run. However, Dimas Ponce struck out to end the game.

Wheeler suffered the loss for the Cyclones after tossing 1.1 innings and allowing two earned runs, while the win went to Travis Ballew. Ballew pitched 2.1 innings of relief for the ValleyCats, giving up one earned run off two hits.

The Cyclones will travel to Staten Island tomorrow to face the Yankees at 7:00 PM. The team will return to MCU Park on Saturday, August 25th to take on the Yankees at home. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a Cyclones visor courtesy of Pepsi. Tickets are available now by visiting the MCU box office, calling 718-507-TIXX, or CLICKING HERE.

-Courtney Nunes

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