TROY, NY – August 8, 2016 -- What a difference a day makes! On Sunday night it was the ValleyCats pouding out a season-high in runs and on Monday, it was the Cyclones turn to flex their muscle as they defeated the Tri-City ValleyCats 14-3 to salvage the finale of the three game set. Colby Woodmansee and Pete Alonso, who were named NYPL All-Stars earlier in the day, led the offensive charge combining for six RBI to pace the Brooklyn bats. While Ali Sanchez added a 4-for-5 effort with three runs scored.
Brooklyn jumped ahead early as Michael Paez walked to leadoff the game and advanced to third when Nick Sergakis followed with a double to left field. Woodmansee then opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly before an RBI double from Alonso made it 2-0. Ali Sanchez followed with a single to put runners on the corners and Gene Cone laced a single into left field to plate Alonso and move Sanchez to third. With runners on the corners, Cone stole second base and when the relay throw from the catcher went through, Sanchez broke for the plate, stealing home on the back end of a double steal, making it 4-0 in favor of the Cyclones.
The ValleyCats clawed back into the game in the bottom of the second when Spencer Johnson connected on a two-run shot off of Brooklyn starter Gabriel Llanes to trim the Brooklyn lead to 4-2.
But in their next turn at-bat, Brooklyn took control of the game for good. Woodmansee singled to start the frame and came around to score on a 401-foot blast off the bat of Pete Alonso, his fifth of the season, to extend Brooklyn’s lead back to four runs. Sanchez, who had four hits on the night after coming into the game 4-for-46 since July 17th, followed with a double and moved to third on a Gene Cone single before racing home on a sac fly from Arnaldo Berrio. For Berrios, it was his first game since suffering a knee injury on July 31st. Darryl Knight followed with a single before a fielding error allowed another run to score, making it 9-2. An RBI groundout from Nick Sergakis and an RBI double from Woodmansee capped the inning as the Cyclones pushed their lead to 11-2. The seven run inning was the highest output for the Cyclones offense this season.
The teams traded zeroes until the bottom of the sixth when the ValleyCats trimmed the Brooklyn lead to 11-3 courtesy of a Ronnie Dawson single, but that would be all they would be able to manage against the Brooklyn hurlers.
Llanes tossed 6.2 solid frames, allowing 11 hits while pitching to contact with a large lead for most of the night. He turned the ball over to LHP Taylor Henry and Austin McGeorge who closed out the game with 2.1 near perfect frames.
But while the ValleyCats offense was done, the Brooklyn bats had one more outsubrst in them with the middle of the order leading the charge again. Woodmansee and Alonso had back-to-back singles to start the frame and Sanchez followed with an RBI double, his fourth hit of the night, to push the Brooklyn lead to 12-3. Gene Cone and Arnaldo Berrious each followed with RBI groundouts to make the final score 14-3.
The Cyclones will look to bring their offense home with them as they open a six-game homestand on Tuesday against the Vermont Lake Monsters. It will be Joe Torre Bobblehead night and the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a hot collectible featuring the Hall-of-Fame Brooklynite. There will also be a pre-game softball game featuring several local celebrities with the game scheduled to start at 5:30 when gates open. Tickets start at just $10 and are available now by calling 718-507-TIXX, logging on toe BrooklynCyclones.com or in person at the MCU Park Box Office.