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ERRORS ABOUND IN CYCLONES 4-3 LOSS

ERRORS ABOUND IN CYCLONES 4-3 LOSS


UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – JULY 11, 2014 – It was a comedy of errors on Friday night as the Cyclones fell to the State College Spikes by the score of 4-3. Brooklyn scored three runs thanks to a wild pitch, passed ball and an error. State College committed three errors in the field on the night, and perhaps most importantly, a missed call by the umpires led to the go-ahead run scoring as the Spikes took the rubber game of the three-game set.

LHP Carlos Valdez made the start for the Cyclones on Friday and quickly found himself in trouble. Robelys Reyes and Danny Diekroger started the threat with a pair of one-out singles that put runners on first and second. State College cleanup hitter Alex De Leon followed with a booming double to centerfield that scored the pair and gave State College an early 2-0 advantage.

The lead would be short lived however because in the top of the second the Cyclones would get on the scoreboard without an RBI. Michael Katz, Tomas Nido and Adrian Abreu each singled around a pair of outs to load the bases for Anthony Chavez. With the Cyclones second baseman at-bat, a passed ball eluded Spikes catcher Luis Cruz to allow Katz to score the first run of the game for Brooklyn. Later in the at-bat, Chavez was hit by a pitch to reload the bases for Tucker Tharp. With the Brooklyn centerfielder at-bat, a wild State College starter Austin Gomber uncorked a wild pitch to chase Nido home and tie the game at 2-2. Now, with a pair of runners in scoring position, Tharp hit a slow grounder to State College third baseman Danny Diekroeger who uncorked an errant throw that allowed Tharp to reach and Abreu to score with the go-ahead run as the Cyclones took a 3-2 edge.

Brooklyn and State College matched zeroes in the third and fourth innings before the Spikes would draw even in the fifth. Luis Cruz walked to start the threat and moved to third on a one-out singled from Darren Seferina that put runners on the corners for Robelys Reyes. The State College shortstop took advantage of the scoring chance with a lined single to right field to know the score at 3-3, but Carlos Valdez was able to bare down and get out of the inning without further damage.

Gaither Bumgardner (0-2) was the first reliever out of the pen for Brooklyn, and after a scoreless sixth found himself in trouble in the seventh. With one out and a runner on first, Danny Diekroger sent a ball own the left field line that appeared to land in foul territory, just eluding a diving attempt from Michael Katz, and bounced out of play for strike two. However, home plate umpire Jacob Metz saw it differently, ruling that it was a fair ball and a ground rule double. Despite a spirited argument from Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa and a number of Cyclones in the vicinity of the play, the ruling stood as called and put Spikes on second and third with one out. With a drawn in infield, Alex De Leon drove a single through shortstop to give the Spikes a 4-3 advantage, which is how the game would end.

Brooklyn threatened in the top of the ninth with Tyler Moore drawing a leadoff walk before pinch hitter Joe Tuschak sent a 2-1 offering deep to rightfield but just short of the wall for the first out. Amed Rosario singled to put two men aboard with one out, but Joseph Scanio was able to retire Jhoan Ureña and Michael Katz to close out the win and collect his second save of the year.

The Cyclones will head to Connecticut for a three-game set starting Saturday evening at 7:05 PM. After a league-wide off day on Tuesday, the Cyclones will return to MCU Park on Wednesday to open up a six-game homestand. Tickets, which start at just $10, are on sale now by calling 718-507-TIXX, visiting BrooklynCyclones.com or in person at the MCU Park Box Office.

 

ERRORS ABOUND IN CYCLONES 4-3 LOSS


UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – JULY 11, 2014 – It was a comedy of errors on Friday night as the Cyclones fell to the State College Spikes by the score of 4-3. Brooklyn scored three runs thanks to a wild pitch, passed ball and an error. State College committed three errors in the field on the night, and perhaps most importantly, a missed call by the umpires led to the go-ahead run scoring as the Spikes took the rubber game of the three-game set.

LHP Carlos Valdez made the start for the Cyclones on Friday and quickly found himself in trouble. Robelys Reyes and Danny Diekroger started the threat with a pair of one-out singles that put runners on first and second. State College cleanup hitter Alex De Leon followed with a booming double to centerfield that scored the pair and gave State College an early 2-0 advantage.

The lead would be short lived however because in the top of the second the Cyclones would get on the scoreboard without an RBI. Michael Katz, Tomas Nido and Adrian Abreu each singled around a pair of outs to load the bases for Anthony Chavez. With the Cyclones second baseman at-bat, a passed ball eluded Spikes catcher Luis Cruz to allow Katz to score the first run of the game for Brooklyn. Later in the at-bat, Chavez was hit by a pitch to reload the bases for Tucker Tharp. With the Brooklyn centerfielder at-bat, a wild State College starter Austin Gomber uncorked a wild pitch to chase Nido home and tie the game at 2-2. Now, with a pair of runners in scoring position, Tharp hit a slow grounder to State College third baseman Danny Diekroeger who uncorked an errant throw that allowed Tharp to reach and Abreu to score with the go-ahead run as the Cyclones took a 3-2 edge.

Brooklyn and State College matched zeroes in the third and fourth innings before the Spikes would draw even in the fifth. Luis Cruz walked to start the threat and moved to third on a one-out singled from Darren Seferina that put runners on the corners for Robelys Reyes. The State College shortstop took advantage of the scoring chance with a lined single to right field to know the score at 3-3, but Carlos Valdez was able to bare down and get out of the inning without further damage.

Gaither Bumgardner (0-2) was the first reliever out of the pen for Brooklyn, and after a scoreless sixth found himself in trouble in the seventh. With one out and a runner on first, Danny Diekroger sent a ball own the left field line that appeared to land in foul territory, just eluding a diving attempt from Michael Katz, and bounced out of play for strike two. However, home plate umpire Jacob Metz saw it differently, ruling that it was a fair ball and a ground rule double. Despite a spirited argument from Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa and a number of Cyclones in the vicinity of the play, the ruling stood as called and put Spikes on second and third with one out. With a drawn in infield, Alex De Leon drove a single through shortstop to give the Spikes a 4-3 advantage, which is how the game would end.

Brooklyn threatened in the top of the ninth with Tyler Moore drawing a leadoff walk before pinch hitter Joe Tuschak sent a 2-1 offering deep to rightfield but just short of the wall for the first out. Amed Rosario singled to put two men aboard with one out, but Joseph Scanio was able to retire Jhoan Ureña and Michael Katz to close out the win and collect his second save of the year.

The Cyclones will head to Connecticut for a three-game set starting Saturday evening at 7:05 PM. After a league-wide off day on Tuesday, the Cyclones will return to MCU Park on Wednesday to open up a six-game homestand. Tickets, which start at just $10, are on sale now by calling 718-507-TIXX, visiting BrooklynCyclones.com or in person at the MCU Park Box Office.



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