The Brooklyn Cyclones (28-22) have had themselves an exciting season and currently find themselves in Second Place in the New York-Penn League as they take on the Connecticut Tigers (25-26) who are also in a similar position. In the game on August 6th, the Baby Bums were able to record a 2-1 victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades. Using a rally in the bottom of the ninth it was outfielder Antoine Duplantis, who had the game-winning RBI single. Outfielder Jake Mangum helped to tie things up with an infield base hit earlier in the frame. Pitcher Garrison Bryan tossed 6..0 shutout frames, scattering three hits, while striking out five but did not factor into the win.
Bryant has been impressive with the Cyclones this season pitching to a 1.20 ERA over the last five games dating back to July 5th. The righty allowed just four runs earned on 15 hits, with six walks and 23 strikeouts over the span. Garrison currently ranks 14th among Minor League Baseball pitchers in ERA over that span and is 11th among pitchers who have pitched exclusively as starters.
Brooklyn was able to walk-off with another clutch victory at MCU Park, as the combination of defense and great pitching helped the Baby Bums take claim of Second Place in the New York-Penn League standings.
Connecticut was able to strike first in the Bottom of the Second Inning as back-to-back hits by Kona Quiggle and Jose King was able to get the offense going. Later on in the frame Eliezer Alfonzo plated the first run of the game on an infield groundout. The Tigers offense added onto that lead in the Top of the Third Inning as Ryan Kreidler smacked a home run to left field for the 2-0 lead.
The Cyclones offense grinded for most of the night and was rewarded in the Bottom of the Fifth Inning as the Baby Bums cashed in on some small ball to tie the game up in that frame. Things would remain tied until the Bottom of the 10th Inning as a bunt by Luke Ritter brought home the game-winning run. Wilmer Reyes continues to shine for the Cyclones offense as the shortstop recorded three hits in the game, so far Reyes has been one of the more consistent hitters for Brooklyn and one of the many reasons why the team has been playing so well at MCU Park.
Also recording hits in the game last night was Jose Peroza and Kennie Taylor. The Cyclones bullpen was once again amazing as Jared Biddy, Brian Metoyer and Nelson Leon all were able to tame the Tigers and help the Cyclones pick up the well earned victory.
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Ones to Watch Outfielder Jake Mangum has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and his batting .355 (11-31) over the span, he has also stolen four bases over the span and has a .429 on-base percentage. INF Wilmer Reyes is batting .361 since June 28th for the Cyclones, with 18 runs scored and 19 RBIs in the 32 games over the span. Teyes has not had consecutive hitless games over the span and has hit safely in 29 of his last 32 games.
Brooklyn in the House: Brooklyn ranks first in the New-York Penn League with a .270 (110-407) batting average with runners in scoring position, the Cyclones also batting .274 with RISP and two outs, which is also best in the league.
Against Connecticut: The Cyclones are 32-27 all-time against the Connecticut Tigers, who became a part of the NYPL prior to the 2010 season. Brooklyn went 22-13 against the Oneonta Tigers from 2001-2009 before they moved to Norwich. Brooklyn went 8-1 against the Tigers in 2018, as the Cyclones split a pair at Dodd Stadium earlier this year and play four more games there later this month.
Cyclones Cooking at Home: Outfielder Antoine Duplantis is batting .288 (17-59) at MCU Park, while infielder Luke Ritter is batting .369 (24-65) at home.
The Cyclones will continue the series against the Tigers as righty Nate Jones looks to pick up his first victory against Jack O’Loughlin. The gates at MCU Park open at 7:00 pm and those fans getting to the park early will be able to pick up an Edgardo Alfonzo bobblehead.
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