The Brooklyn Cyclones (41-21) defeated the Aberdeen IronBirds (31-32) by a score of 7-4 on Wednesday night in Coney Island. After falling in a three-run hole early in the first inning, the Cyclones answered back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning and then three more in the second inning. A three-run fifth inning sealed the win for Brooklyn. The Cyclones, who lead th NYPL in total bases, manufactured the majority of their seven runs with doubles -- five of the 10 Cyclones hits were two-baggers.
RF Cory Vaughn and DH Joe Bonfe each went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI and collected one double apiece. Vaughn's leadoff double in the fifth inning sparked a three-run rally in which Bonfe followed suit with a double of his own, driving in Vaughn. LF Will Cherry then launched a "Cherry Bomb" over the left field wall, driving in Bonfe -- his third home run of the season. Earlier in the game, 3B James Schroeder, SS Wilfredo Tovar, and 2B J.B. Brown smashed the other three Cyclones doubles in a three-run third inning.
Starting pitcher Jonathon Kountis lasted only a third of an inning after yielding three runs on four walks and a double. However, lefthander Nelson Pereira came on to retire the side and pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, striking out four and earning the win. Righthander Wes Wrenn relieved Pereira in the fifth inning and tossed 4.0 innings of one-run ball. Ryan Fraser was brought on in the ninth inning to earn his team-leading 11th save.
The Cyclones take on the IronBirds again on Thursday night at 7pm. That night, the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a "Pitch Black" replica jersey, as part of the Cyclones' Jersday Thursday series. The MCU Park gates open at 5:30pm.
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Written by Ryan Gilbert