Brooklyn (38-21) won its third straight game, holding off a late rally to notch a 4-3 victory over State College (29-30) on Thursday night. The win extends the Cyclones' first-place lead in the McNamara Division to 4.5 games, and keeps Brooklyn tied for the best overall record in the New York-Penn League.
On Thursday, the Cyclones took control of the game early and never let go, thanks to a superb outing by Collin McHugh (7-2), and an early offensive outburst.
McHugh (pictured, by George Napolitano) tossed 7.0 shutout innings, allowing just four hits and one walk, while striking out seven. He did not allow an extra-base hit.
Brooklyn, meanwhile, plated three runs in the fourth inning, and another in the ninth. The team registered eight hits, with newcomer Jordany Valdespin going 2-for-5, and Justin Garber, Sam Honeck, Luis Rivera, Richard Lucas, Dock Doyle, and Robbie Shields all adding one hit apiece. Rivera, Lucas, and Shields all had RBI.
The Cyclones took a 4-0 lead into the ninth inning, and needed every bit of it, as State College charged back with three runs, before Michael Powers got the final out of the game to earn his league-best 14th save.
The Cyclones return home on Monday, August 24th, to take on the Vermont Lake Monsters. That night, the first 2,500 fans in attendance wil receive a free adjustable Replica Cyclones Cap!
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