Brooklyn couldn’t find an answer for Connecticut pitching on Sunday evening. The Cyclones (26-24) failed to gain first place in the wild card standings, as they fell 5-1 to the Tigers (27-23), at MCU Park.
Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa credited the Connecticut pitchers, who only allowed five hits, and two walks in the victory.
“Their pitching just shut us down today. Other than Michael Conforto’s home run, we didn’t have any offense,” Gambo said.
Ben Verlander opened the scoring for the Tigers in top of the second, with a RBI single to right which brought Michael Gerber into score.
Connecticut made it 2-0 in the top of the third, on a wild pitch from Brooklyn starter Alberto Baldonado that allowed Will Maddox to score.
The Tigers opened the game up with a three run fourth inning. With the bases loaded, Baldonado hit Brett Pirtle to make it 3-0. After Pirtle got hit, Ross Kivett hit a grounder to shortstop Amed Rosario, but his throw was wide of first baseman Tyler Moore, which allowed two more runs to come home on the error to make it 5-0.
Left Fielder Michael Conforto hit his second homer run in as many games to put the Cyclones on the board in the bottom of the fourth, but the Brooklyn bats couldn’t manage to score any more runs to try and come back.
Josh Prevost and Paul Paez pitched well in relief of Baldonado, as both relievers tried to do their part to keep the Cyclones in the game. Prevost worked two and two-thirds innings, allowing one hit and striking out two batters, while Paez pitched one inning, and sitting down two Tigers.
The Tigers and the Cyclones play the rubber game of the series tomorrow at MCU Park at 7:00. Casey Meisner, 1-3 5.97 ERA, gets the ball for Brooklyn who looks to win the series and draw even in the wild card standings.
Gamboa has a simple message to his team going into the game tomorrow, “We get a win tomorrow were tied for the wild card spot that’s the way we have to look at it,” he said.
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