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July 11 – Norwich, CT – The Cyclones lost their second straight to the Connecticut Tigers, falling 5-3 at Dodd Stadium on Monday evening. The Tigers capitalized on two wild pitches and a pair of errors from the Cyclones, which directly led to three runs as Brooklyn fell to 12-12 on the season after losing for the seventh time in their last nine games.
Connecticut wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on Monday night, and their first run of the game came courtesy of a Cyclones mistake. The Tigers started the bottom of the first with a pair of singles, but a strikeout and a caught stealing by catcher Nelfi Zapata seemed like it would help Chris Hilliard escape early trouble. However, a throwing error from Zapata on another stolen base attempt allowed Eugenio Suarez to score and give Connecticut a 1-0 advantage.
After a scoreless second inning, Eugenio Suarez was once again the catalyst for a Tigers rally in the third. The shortstop laced a triple to right field, chasing home two runs and putting Connecticut in front 3-0.
That is how it would stay until the fifth when Brooklyn finally got on the board. Richard Lucas started the frame with a double and came around to score on a Charley Thurber triple. After Travis Taijeron plated Thurber with a sacrifice fly, the Cyclones had trimmed the Connecticut lead to 3-2.
But the Tigers came roaring back against the Brooklyn bullpen, scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth, and once again the Tigers offense came thanks to Cyclones miscues. In the fifth, a two-out throwing error from Danny Muno allowed Suarez to score his second run of the game and make it 4-2. In the sixth inning, Connecticut tacked on another two-out run, and once again it came without a timely hit from the Tigers. Edwin Gomez’s two out single started the rally before stealing second and eventually coming around to score following two wild pitches from Brooklyn reliever Todd Weldon.
Once again the Cyclones trimmed into the Connecticut lead and this time it was the Tigers who were giving runs away. Lucas start the inning by reaching on a two-base error, and after a walk of Charley Thurber and another fielding error the Cyclones had the bases loaded with nobody out. Nelfi Zapata drove in Lucas with a sacrifice fly, but Jonathan Clark and Danny Muno were retired to end the threat with Brooklyn still trailing 5-3.
The Cyclones looked like they might cut into the deficit in the eighth after getting a pair of runners on base to start the frame, but they failed to capitalize on the opportunity as their bats went silent the rest of the game.
After a league wide off day on Tuesday, the Cyclones return to MCU Park on Wednesday to start one of their longest homestands of the season. Brooklyn takes on the Auburn Doubledays in the first of a three-game set at 7:00 PM and it will be NYPD night with the first 3,000 fans in attendance receiving an Officer Sandy bobblehead courtesy of Municipal Credit Union. Tickets are on sale now by calling 718-507-TIXX, visiting BrooklynCyclones.com or in person at the MCU Park box office.