06/23/2014 2:35 PM
Article By: BrooklynCyclones.com Reports
Brooklyn Cyclones right fielder Michael Bernal has been riding a hot streak at the plate to start the season. Especially with his performance last weekend, he has earned himself the honor of being the first 2014 National Honey Board Player of the Week.
Entering the weekend, Bernal played in all of Brooklyn’s games and found himself with a .211 average, 2 RBI, and two doubles. However, the stats do not tell the entire story. When the Cyclones took on Hudson Valley at MCU Park, Bernal hit a rocket, which unfortunately hooked foul at the last minute, almost picking Brooklyn’s first home run of the season.
During the team’s trip to Aberdeen, he began to heat up from the moment he reached the plate. Against the IronBirds on Friday night, Bernal lit up opposing pitchers, going 4-for-5, three of which were extra base hits, driving in three runs, and coming around to score on two occasions. His first inning triple drove in two runs to put Brooklyn ahead in what would be a close affair.
The following night he hit a 10th inning single to score a run, giving teammate Shane Bay some insurance before he would enter to close the game the next half inning.
On Sunday, Bernal continued to provide offense for the Cyclones, hitting a solo shot to left field for his first home run of the season. The home run gave Brooklyn a one-run lead over Aberdeen, which they would not relinquish as they went on to win their sixth game in a row.