Brooklyn won its 40th game of the season on Friday night, handily beating the Vermont Lake Monsters by a score of 6-1. The win improves the Cyclones' league-best record to 40-20, extends their first-place lead over the Aberdeen IronBirds to 9.5 games in the McNamara Division, and lowers the team's "magic number" to seven.
Brooklyn's hurlers held Vermont to just one run, allowing just five hits without issuing a walk, and striking out nine. Starting pitcher Chris Hilliard (8-1) earned his league-leading eighth win of the season, going five innings and surrendering one run while striking out six. LHP Nelson Pereira, in his 12th appearance of the season, shut down Aberdeen's offense in the final three innings, not allowing a single hit or run while striking out three, earning his first save of the season. Pereira has not allowed a hit in his last eight innings of work.
The Cyclones' offense again provided Hilliard with impressive run support, scoring six runs on six hits (Brooklyn averages nine runs per game in each of Hilliard's wins). Recently added catcher Patrick Farrell went 1-for-4 on the night with one run, two RBI, and his first Cyclones home run in just his third appearance for Brooklyn. 2B J.B. Brown continued his hot hiting, registering the only multi-hit day going 2-for-4 with one run scored to bring his average up to .313. RF Will Cherry, DH Joe Bonfe, and SS Wlifredo Tovar added one hit and one run each to contribute to Brooklyn's third win in a row.
The Cyclones return home on Tuesday, August 24th to take on the Hudson Valley Renegades in their first game back after a five-game road trip. That night, the first 2,500 fans will receive a "Property Of" T-shirt presented by Men's Senior Baseball League. Tuesday is also Bark in the Park night presented by Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and Purina Dog Chow.
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Written by Josh Mevorach