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CYCLONES TAME THE 'CATS, 10-1

CYCLONES TAME THE 'CATS, 10-1

Brooklyn, NY – August 24th – On “Wizard of Oz” Night at MCU Park, the Cyclones showed there’s no place like home…plate. The ‘Clones circled the bases a season-high 10 times as Brooklyn defeated the Tri-City ValleyCats 10-1 at MCU Park on Sunday evening. With the win, Brooklyn remains 2.0 games ahead of the Connecticut Tigers in the race for the New York-Penn League Wild Card with only eight games left during the 2014 regular season.

The ValleyCats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, taking advantage of some early wildness from Cyclones starter Marcos Molina. Jason Martin started the game with a leadoff walk and stole second base to move into scoring position. Derek Fisher followed with a deep fly ball to right field that Michael Bernal tracked down but Martin advanced to third with two outs. That would prove to be critical as Molina, who has been susceptible to early offense, uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Martin to score and gave the ValleyCats the 1-0 lead. For the 19-year-old righthander, he has now allowed six first inning runs on the season, and just nine runs in any other inning.

The Tri-City lead would be short lived however, as the Brooklyn bats came out swinging. John Mora, who returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with an ankle injury, started the frame with a leadoff single and quickly stole second to move into scoring position. Adrian Abreu followed with a walk to put a pair of runners aboard for Michael Conforto. The former Oregon State Beaver put a charge into one, with the wind gusts from the Atlantic Ocean proving to be the only thing that could keep the ball in the yard, as his RBI single scored Mora to knot the game at 1-1. After Jhoan Ureña grounded out to move runners to second and third with one out, Tyler Moore had a seeing-eye single through the drawn in infield that plated a pair and gave the Cyclones a 3-1 advantage.

The Brooklyn offensive barrage would continue in the second inning as they batted around to take a commanding lead. Once again it was Mora that got things started for the ‘Clones. The speedy center fielder reached on an infield single and then stole second and third. Adrian Abreu walked to put runners on the corners for Michael Conforto. The Cyclones leftfielder took advantage of the scoring chance with a sharply hit single through the right side to plate Mora and move Abreu to third. With runners on the corners yet again, Jhoan Ureña pushed home his 40th run of the season with an RBI single that pushed the Cyclones advantage to 5-1. Tyler Moore then coaxed a walk to load the bases and chase Zach Davis from the game. Pedro Perez welcomed Luis Ordosgoitti, Tri-City’s third pitcher of the game, with a sac fly to deep left-center field. But the hits kept coming as Michael Bernal roped a triple to the right field corner, scoring a pair, and giving Brooklyn an 8-1 advantage after two.

The team’s matched zeroes in the third and fourth innings, before Brooklyn tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the fifth. John Mora and Adrian Abreu had back-to-back singles to start the threat and moved to second and third thanks to a passed ball. Conforto plated his third run of the game, this time with an RBI groundout, and Ureña pushed home another tally with a sacrifice fly that made it 10-1. It marked the first time this season that Brooklyn reached double-digits in runs scored.

Marcos Molina improved to 7-2 on the season after tossing 6.2 solid frames. He allowed just one run, on one hit, while walking five and striking out eight. The 19-year-old leads the NYPL in ERA (1.56), strikeouts (81) and is tied for the league lead in wins.

Relievers Brandon Welch and Mike Hepple combined to get the final seven outs of the game and close out the victory for Brooklyn.

After taking two-of-three games from the ValleyCats, the Cyclones will now open a three-game set against cross-bridge rival Staten Island with games across the bridge on Monday and Tuesday before returning to MCU Park on Wednesday evening for 90’s Are All That Night at the ballpark. Tickets for the two remaining regular season games at MCU Park are on sale now at BrooklynCyclones.com, the MCU Park box office or by calling 718-507-TIXX.

CYCLONES TAME THE 'CATS, 10-1

Brooklyn, NY – August 24th – On “Wizard of Oz” Night at MCU Park, the Cyclones showed there’s no place like home…plate. The ‘Clones circled the bases a season-high 10 times as Brooklyn defeated the Tri-City ValleyCats 10-1 at MCU Park on Sunday evening. With the win, Brooklyn remains 2.0 games ahead of the Connecticut Tigers in the race for the New York-Penn League Wild Card with only eight games left during the 2014 regular season.

The ValleyCats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, taking advantage of some early wildness from Cyclones starter Marcos Molina. Jason Martin started the game with a leadoff walk and stole second base to move into scoring position. Derek Fisher followed with a deep fly ball to right field that Michael Bernal tracked down but Martin advanced to third with two outs. That would prove to be critical as Molina, who has been susceptible to early offense, uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Martin to score and gave the ValleyCats the 1-0 lead. For the 19-year-old righthander, he has now allowed six first inning runs on the season, and just nine runs in any other inning.

The Tri-City lead would be short lived however, as the Brooklyn bats came out swinging. John Mora, who returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with an ankle injury, started the frame with a leadoff single and quickly stole second to move into scoring position. Adrian Abreu followed with a walk to put a pair of runners aboard for Michael Conforto. The former Oregon State Beaver put a charge into one, with the wind gusts from the Atlantic Ocean proving to be the only thing that could keep the ball in the yard, as his RBI single scored Mora to knot the game at 1-1. After Jhoan Ureña grounded out to move runners to second and third with one out, Tyler Moore had a seeing-eye single through the drawn in infield that plated a pair and gave the Cyclones a 3-1 advantage.

The Brooklyn offensive barrage would continue in the second inning as they batted around to take a commanding lead. Once again it was Mora that got things started for the ‘Clones. The speedy center fielder reached on an infield single and then stole second and third. Adrian Abreu walked to put runners on the corners for Michael Conforto. The Cyclones leftfielder took advantage of the scoring chance with a sharply hit single through the right side to plate Mora and move Abreu to third. With runners on the corners yet again, Jhoan Ureña pushed home his 40th run of the season with an RBI single that pushed the Cyclones advantage to 5-1. Tyler Moore then coaxed a walk to load the bases and chase Zach Davis from the game. Pedro Perez welcomed Luis Ordosgoitti, Tri-City’s third pitcher of the game, with a sac fly to deep left-center field. But the hits kept coming as Michael Bernal roped a triple to the right field corner, scoring a pair, and giving Brooklyn an 8-1 advantage after two.

The team’s matched zeroes in the third and fourth innings, before Brooklyn tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the fifth. John Mora and Adrian Abreu had back-to-back singles to start the threat and moved to second and third thanks to a passed ball. Conforto plated his third run of the game, this time with an RBI groundout, and Ureña pushed home another tally with a sacrifice fly that made it 10-1. It marked the first time this season that Brooklyn reached double-digits in runs scored.

Marcos Molina improved to 7-2 on the season after tossing 6.2 solid frames. He allowed just one run, on one hit, while walking five and striking out eight. The 19-year-old leads the NYPL in ERA (1.56), strikeouts (81) and is tied for the league lead in wins.

Relievers Brandon Welch and Mike Hepple combined to get the final seven outs of the game and close out the victory for Brooklyn.

After taking two-of-three games from the ValleyCats, the Cyclones will now open a three-game set against cross-bridge rival Staten Island with games across the bridge on Monday and Tuesday before returning to MCU Park on Wednesday evening for 90’s Are All That Night at the ballpark. Tickets for the two remaining regular season games at MCU Park are on sale now at BrooklynCyclones.com, the MCU Park box office or by calling 718-507-TIXX.



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