(photo courtesy of George Napolitano)
July 31st -- Burlington, VT -- The Brooklyn Cyclones took the first game of a doubleheader from the Vermont Lake Monsters by the score of 4-1 on Sunday afternoon. Tyson Seng (2-1) collected the win after tossing 3.0 scoreless innings of relief and Todd Weldon shut the door with 2.0 near-perfect frames to collect his season save of the season. Overall, Brooklyn pitchers struck out 15 while walking none.
Game One of the twin bill served as the makeup game for the July 8th rain out at MCU Park and therefore the Cyclones served as the home team despite playing in Vermont. Cory Mazzoni, who is limited to only 1.0 inning of work per outing due to an innings limit this season, made the start for Brooklyn and struck out the side in the top of the first. In the bottom of the frame the Cyclones took advantage of some sloppy play from the Vermont Lake Monsters to get all the runs they would need.
Danny Muno walked to start the threat and when Cole Frenzel waked on a 3-2 pitch, Muno advanced to third on a throwing error by Vermont’s catcher, Diomedes Lopez who overthrew second base thinking Muno was trying to steal the base rather than advance on the walk. Javier Rodriguez was next up, and opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly. After Richard Lucas singled to put runners on the corners, Charley Thurber drove home Frenzel with the second sac fly of the frame to make it 2-0. Brian Harrison capped the scoring with a two-out RBI single to give Brooklyn a 3-0 lead after one.
In the top of the second, Vermont scored their lone run of the game courtesy of a two-out RBI double from Diomedes Lopez, but that is all the offense the Brooklyn bullpen would allow as Tyson Seng and Todd Weldon combined to toss 5.0 scoreless innings of relief.
Travis Taijeron tacked on a solo home run, his seventh round tripper of the season and the fifth over his last 10 games, to round out the scoring and give the Cyclones a 4-1 win.
GAME # 2
July 31st – Burlington, VT -- The Cyclones lost the second game of a doubleheader to the Vermont LakeMonsters on Sunday afternoon, falling by the score of 5-4. Ernesto Yanez (0-1) suffered the loss out of the bullpen in what was his Cyclones debut, after allowing a pair of runs in 0.2 innings of work.
After the Cyclones took advantage of four Vermont errors in the first game of the twin bill, it was the Lake Monsters who took advantage of Brooklyn miscues in the nightcap of the doubleheader. After a scoreless first inning, Vermont opened the scoring in the bottom of the second. Bobby Crocker hit a line drive to center field that Chase Greene misplayed and went for a three-base error. Jordan Tripp followed with an RBI single and later came around to score, following a passed ball, on an Aaron Shipman RBI single that made it 2-0.
That is how it would stay until the top of the fifth when the Brooklyn bats finally got going. Brian Harrison started the inning with a single and after a double from Travis Taijeron , Brooklyn had two runners in scoring position with nobody out. Nelfi Zapata responded with a two-RBI single that tied the game and would later come around to score on an RBI single from Ismael Tijerina to put the Cyclones in front 3-2.
The lead would be short lived however because in the bottom of the sixth Vermont blew the game wide open. Ernesto Yanez, who was making his Brooklyn debut walked Tripp to lead off the sixth and served up a single to Michael Fabiaschi to put runners on the corners with one out. Yanez gave way to Jeremy Gould who was greeted with a perfectly executed suicide squeeze from Aaron Shipman on his first pitch, which allowed him to reach base while also tying the game. After a walk loaded the bags, Chih Fang Pan connected on the big blow, a two-RBI double to right field, which gave Vermont a 5-3 advantage.
Brooklyn cut into the lead in their last chance at-bat in the top of the seventh after Chase Greene tripled and scored on a Danny Muno ground out to make it 5-4, but that is how the game would end as Tanner Peters collected his ninth save of the year for Vermont
The Cyclones will look to salvage a split of the four game series Monday evening at 7:05 PM when RHP Jeff Walter takes the mound for Brooklyn. The Cyclones will return to Coney Island on Tuesday to open a three-game series with the Williamsport Crosscutters. Tickets are available for all three games and can be purchased by calling 718-507-TIXX, logging on to BrooklynCyclones.com or in person at the MCU Park box office.