Troy, NY – July 4, 2017 –The Cyclones late inning struggles continued on Tuesday night as they allowed six runs in the eighth inning en route to a 9-5 loss at the hands of the Tri-City Valley Cats. Through 14 games, the Cyclones have been outscored 58-25 after the fifth inning. With the loss, the Cyclones fell to 3-11 on the season – the worst start in franchise history.
It was the ValleyCats who jumped out to an early lead on Tuesday evening, thanks to a Cyclones defensive miscue. Brooklyn’s starter Darwin Ramos retired the first batter of the game and seemed well on his way to a 1-2-3 inning when Bryan De La Cruz hit a routine ground ball to Carl Stajduhar, but the Brooklyn third baseman’s throw was off line, allowing De La Cruz to reach and start the rally. Jake Adams followed with a two-out single and both runners moved up to second and third courtesy of a wild pitch. With the pair in scoring position for Kristian Trompiz, the ValleyCats second baseman, took advantage of the scoring opportunity with a two-RBI double to left field and would later score on a single from Randy Vasquez that made it 3-0 after one inning.
The lead would be short-lived though because in the top of the second the Cyclones responded in a big way. Ricardo Cespedes, making his Cyclones debut got things started with leadoff single and after a pair of singles from Carlos Sanchez and Stajduhar, Brooklyn was on the board, trimming their deficit to 3-1 and had runners on the corners. Dylan Snypes walked to load the bases before Franklin Correa lofted a fly ball to right field that was dropped, allowing Sanchez to score, and kept the bags full. Reed Gamache kept the rally going with a one-out single that knotted the score and Quinn Brodey followed with Brooklyn’s fifth single of the inning to give the Cyclones a 4-3 edge.
After a scoreless third inning, the Cyclones tacked on another run in the fourth after Correa had a leadoff double and moved to third on a groundout. Reed Gamache chased him home with a sac fly to centerfield to push Brooklyn’s advantage to 5-3.
The two teams traded zeroes until the bottom of the eighth when the ValleyCats would claw back in front– thanks again to some assistance from a Cyclones error – to take a lead they would never relinquish. Cyclones reliever Connor O’Neil was able to wiggle out of trouble in the seventh but was not as lucky in the eighth. A throwing error from Reed Gamache put runners on the corners with one out and Miguelangel Sierra ripped an RBI double to left that made it 5-4 and Jacob Meyers followed with a sac fly that knotted things up and chased O’Neil from the game. Gregorix Estevez was summoned from the bullpen with the go-ahead run on first base and proceeded to walk the next three batters he faced to force home the go-ahead run. Estevez then allowed back-to-back singles that allowed Tri-City to extend their lead to 9-5. When the inning finally came to an end, the ValleyCats had sent 12 men to the plate, had five hits, four walks and scored six runs.
Brooklyn went quietly in the bottom of the ninth to close out their 10th loss in their last 11 games. They will look to rebound from another heart breaking loss when they take the field on Wednesday night in Tri-City for the middle game of their three-game set. The Cyclones will return home on Friday to take on the Staten Island Yankees with post-game fireworks and an Edgardo Alfonzo Starting Lineup Figure Giveaway for the first 5,000 fans in attendance.