Things were not going the way of the Brooklyn Cyclones (25-23) , who were down by a run going into the bottom of the ninth inning, that was until the bat of Amed Rosario who went 2-for-3 at the dish with a run scored helped to lift the team to a 4-3 thriller at MCU Park on Friday night.
Rosario, who started the night off getting hit by a pitch in the bottom of the first inning, proceeded to get a single in the bottom of the third, while capping off his big night with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.
Amed, who was once listed on the Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus Top 10 Mets prospect, was thankful for the opportunity to help the team.
“I felt good, thanks to God. I had another day to go up to the plate today and do well and luckily I was able to do well,” he said via translator.
Auburn opened up the scoring in the open frame, catcher Raudy Read grounded out which scored Cutter Dykstra.
Brooklyn responded in the bottom half of the frame, Jhoan Urena hit a RBI single to right which plated Rosario to tie the game at one.
The Doubledays regained the lead in the top of the fourth on a RBI single to center off of Brooklyn starter Corey Oswalt, who gave up two runs, on five hits, while striking out eight batters.
Brooklyn tied the game in the eighth, when Urena picked up his second RBI of the contest with a sac fly, before Auburn regained the lead on a Bryan Mejia solo shot to right center field to help the Doubledays regain the 3-2 lead.
It was in the ninth that the Cyclones were able to rally, showing patience by working out three walks before a sacrifice fly by Center fielder John Mora plated Tucker Tharp to tie things at three.
The stage was now set for Rosario to cap off his big night and comeback, as the shortstop hit a soft line drive that would drop into shallow left, driving in Will Fulmer for the game-winning run. The win was the Cyclones’ first walk-off victory of the year and keep them within a game of the Connecticut Tigers in the wild card race.
Manager Tom Gamboa was happy with the way his guys were patient at the plate and produced with a limited number of hits.
“I was real proud of our guys only having three (four) hits tonight, the way that we talked in the dugout that their closer statistically his control was good but tonight, from the first pitch for some reason he just couldn’t get the ball down.” Gamboa said.
The Cyclones return to action tonight (Saturday, August 2) when they host the Connecticut Tigers, with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 PM. Brooklyn will sent out Marcos Molina (4-1, 1.30 ERA) to take on Josh Heddinger (0-1, 2.70 ERA).
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