Brooklyn took advantage of five Aberdeen errors to win their second straight game, as the Cyclones (10-4) defeated the IronBirds 6-2 on Thursday night at MCU Park.
Brooklyn manager Tom Gamboa credited his team’s hustle to causing the Aberdeen errors.
“We talk all the time about running every ball out to try and put pressure on other teams. Because when you get known for that sometimes you’re going to force mistakes. Tonight was a good indication of that,” he said.
The Cyclones opened up the scoring in the opening frame, on a bloop single by first baseman Michael Katz scoring Amed Rosario. Katz has had an RBIs in the back-to-back Cyclone victories.
“It feels pretty good. We are definitely getting back on track; we had a couple of tough ones. Just getting back in the winning column the last couple of days feels good,” Katz said.
Aberdeen responded in the top of the second, on a solo shot by Hector Veloz off of Brooklyn pitcher Casey Meisner, but the hosts would regain the lead in the bottom of the third, on a throwing error by Aberdeen pitcher Stephen Tarpley. Tarpley over threw first on a grounder, allowing Jhoan Urena to score from second.
The IronBirds tied the game at two in the top of the sixth, on a solo homer to right by Jamill Moquete.
Brooklyn regained the lead in the bottom the seventh, with Tucker Tharp on second, Aberdeen second baseman Federico Castaginni’s throw was wide of first allowing Tharp to score and make it 3-2.
The Cyclones added to their lead later in the seventh, when catcher Tomas Nido drilled an RBI single to right which scored Katz. Following the Nido RBI, Michael Bernal scored on Aberdeen’s second throwing error of the inning, which recorded by Veloz, whose throw took Conor Segui off of first base. Brooklyn would add a run on another error by the IronBirds to make it 6-2 in the eighth.
Mike Hepple pitched a perfect seventh and eighth inning to pick up his second win on the season.
Up next for the Cyclones will be the Battle of the Bridge against the Staten Island Yankees starting on Friday at MCU Park, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05.
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