August 12th – Mahoning Valley, OH -- The Brooklyn Cyclones defeated the Mahoning Valley Scrappers by a score of 10-6 on Friday night. Carlos Vazquez (3-2, 3.78) picked up the win after tossing 5.1 innings and yielding four runs. The lefty shut out the Scrappers from the second inning to the fifth inning, but was removed midway through the sixth after loading the bases with one out. T.J. Rivera was a catalyst for Brooklyn tonight, going 4-for-5 with a double, two runs, and an RBI. In their previous series on this road trip, the Cyclones took two out of three from the Williamsport Crosscutters, splitting last evening’s doubleheader.
The Scrappers took a lead in the bottom of the first inning. After they led off with a pair of singles, Mahoning Valley executed a double steal to put runners on second and third. They then plated the runner on third on a groundout to shortstop Ismael Tijerina to take a 1-0 lead. However, Vazquez induced a strikeout and a fly ball to avoid further damage.
Brooklyn responded in the second inning. With Charley Thurber on second base, Cole Frenzel doubled to right field to score Thurber and tie the game at 1-1.
The Cyclones took the lead in the following inning on a wild pitch. After T.J. Rivera doubled with one out, he was moved over to third on a throwing error by Scrappers reliever Harold Guerrero. With Richard Lucas at the plate, Guerrero let loose a wild pitch to plate Rivera and give Brooklyn a 2-1 lead.
A big fifth inning put the Cyclones up 5-1. With two outs, Rivera and Javier Rodriguez hit back-to-back singles and Lucas drove them both in with a booming triple to center field. Another wild pitch from Guerrero then scored Lucas to extend the lead to four runs.
After drawing a walk to lead off the top of the sixth,Travis Taijeron was moved over to third on a single by Tyler Carpenter. Taijeron was then plated by Tijerina on a successfully executed suicide squeeze, putting the Cyclones up 6-1.
After shutting out Williamsport for four consecutive innings, Vazquez unraveled in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with one out. Lefthander Orlando Tovar was then brought on to pitch. He recorded an immediate out, albeit on a sacrifice fly. Down 6-2, the next Scrappers batter, designated hitter Alex Lavisky, doubled to empty the bases and cut the deficit to two runs.
The Cyclones were idle in the seventh inning, but took advantage of four wild pitches by Mahoning Valley reliever Nathan Stirtz to score four runs in the top of the eighth. After Thurber doubled to lead off the inning, he was moved over to third on sac bunt. He then scored on Stirtz’s first wild pitch of the inning to put the Cyclones up by three. After a strikeout brought Stirtz within one out of ending the inning, he allowed a single to Carpenter and a double to Tijerina. Ish’s two-bagger plated Brooklyn’s newest catcher, putting them up 8-4. After Stirtz’s second wild pitch moved Tijerina over to third, Danny Muno drew a walk to put runners on the corners. During Rivera’s at bat, two consecutive wild pitches by Stirtz scored Tijerina and moved Muno over to third. Rivera then singled to plate Muno and put the Cyclones up 10-4.
The Scrappers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a one-out RBI single and a two-out double, but that was all the scoring they would amount.
NYPL All-Star T.J. Chism sat Mahoning Valley down 1-2-3 in the ninth inning to ensure a 10-6 Cyclones victory.
Brooklyn will take on Mahoning Valley in game two of the three game set, tomorrow, Saturday, August 13 at 7:05 p.m. LHP Chris Hilliard will take the hill for the ‘Clones. Following the series finale on Sunday and the NYPL All-Star game on Monday, Following the NYPL All-Star game on Monday, the Cyclones will return to MCU Park on Wedneday, August 17 when they begin a three-game series against the Jamestown Jammers at 7 p.m. It will be BrooklynNite and the first 3,000 fans will receive rally towels as part of Brooklyn’s Biggest Block Party. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 718-507-TIXX, visiting the MCU Park box office, or logging onto BrooklynCyclones.com.
Written by Ryan Gilbert