August 1st – Burlington, VT – The Cyclones were shutout for the second time this season, falling to Vermont 1-0 on Monday evening. Brooklyn was limited to only five hits and the last 11 Cyclones batters were retired in order.
Although runs were at a premium for the Cyclones on Monday evening, scoring chances were not. In the second inning, a pair of singles from Brian Harrison and Charley Thurber put a running in scoring position with two-outs, but Xorge Carrillo flied out to center field to end the threat. An inning later, the Cyclones once again had a golden opportunity to push a run across. Chase Greene doubled to start the third inning, and after a sacrifice bunt moved Greene to third with one out, Javier Rodriguez and Richard Lucas both struck out to end the threat.
In the bottom of the third, the Lake Monsters took advantage of their first scoring chance, pushing across what would prove to be the decisive run. Aaron Shipman singled to start the inning and Chad Oberacker walked to put a pair of runners on with nobody out. Vermont then used a pair of groundouts, including an RBI grounder from Chad Lewis that scored Shipman to give Vermont a 1-0 advantage.
Although the Cyclones bats showed little life on Monday evening, Brooklyn’s manager Rich Donnelly was far from lifeless as he was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Merzel for arguing balls and strikes in the bottom of the fifth.
Jeff Walters (2-4) was the hard luck loser for the Cyclones despite pitching well. The righthander allowed a lone run on seven hits in 4.2 innings while walking one and striking out three. T.J. Chism and Jeremy Gould were both outstanding out of the Brooklyn pen, combining to toss 3.1 scoreless frames while allowing only one hit and a walk with seven strikeouts to give the Cyclones a chance to come back, but the Brooklyn bats were just not able to get the big hit, as they went 0-5 with runners in scoring position.
LHP Brent Powers (2-2) was the winning pitcher for Vermont after pitching 6.0 shutout innings while limiting the Cyclones to only five hits with three walks while striking out four. Jeiler Castillo and Jeff Urlaub, who picked up his fourth save of the year with a scoreless ninth, were just as impressive out of the bullpen to close out the shutout.
The Cyclones return to MCU Park on Tuesday evening for the first of a three-game series against the Williamsport Crosscutters. Randy Fontanez will take the mound for the Cyclones in hopes of snapping their two-game losing skid. It will also be the Brooklyn debut of the Inflatamaniacs who will bring their family-friendly inflatable fun to MCU Park for the first time. Tickets are still available for Tuesday, as well as the remainder of the homestand, by calling 718-507-TIXX, logging on to BrooklynCyclones.com or in person at the MCU Park box office.