On the combined Christmas in July night and Italian Heritage Night there was no joy for the Brooklyn Cyclones (19-22) in the 5-2 loss to the Vermont Lake Monsters (16-25) in New York-Penn League Action on Friday night at MCU Park.
Brooklyn struggled early, as normally reliable starter Octavio Acosta (3-2) had to fight through most of the ballgame. In the end the righty was able to work out of some big time innings, striking out three batters, but lost his confidence in the top of the fourth inning.
Leading the way on this night offensively were Michael Conforto and Tyler Moore who both had multi-hit nights. In the first six games with the team Conforto has a .407 average (11-for-27), four doubles. As for Moore this was his first multi-hit game since June 25 versus Aberdeen, as the Louisiana State University-product also recorded his third double in the top of the ninth inning.
On the defensive end Conforto had two stellar plays, proving to many that he can not only do great things with his at-bats but with his glove as well. The left fielder made a leaping grab in the top of the second, and had a cannon of a throw in the bottom of the fifth to get one of the Vermont runners out at home plate.
The Brooklyn bats were not able to get the hit that was needed to drive in the runs, as the team were unable to bring home seven runners, though the team finished with seven hits overall.
Recording hits for the Cyclones were Jhoan Urena, who now has an 11-game hitting streak, while Michael Katz and Michael Bernal also were able to connect for a hit in the game.
The Cyclones will look to take the finale against the Vermont Lake Monsters that will be played on Saturday, July 26, with the first pitch slated for 6:00 p.m.
It will be a battle of the righties and Corey’s for the finale as Brooklyn will send out Corey Oswalt (3-1, 2.48 ERA) to take on Lake Monster Corey Miller (0-1, 6.00 ERA).
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