BKLYN Takes Two from the Tigers
NORWICH, CT - The pitching posted 14 innings of shutout baseball, and Mets rehabber Jeff McNeil led the bats to a nine-run night as the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Short-Season Class A affiliate of the New York Mets, swept the Connecticut Tigers in a doubleheader on Friday night at Dodd Stadium.
Game One - Brooklyn 4, Connecticut 0
W: Ragan (2-2)
L: Thomas (0-1)
Cyclones HR: Reyes (5)
Wilmer Reyes put Brooklyn on the board immediately with a solo home run to left field in the top of the first inning.
Brooklyn added to the lead with three runs in the third without collecting a hit. The Cyclones scored on a bases-loaded walk, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly off Connecticut reliever Cristhian Tortosa.
Michel Otanez, Mitch Ragan, and Josh Hejka limited Connecticut to just three hits in the first of the Cyclones' two shutouts.
Mets rehabber Jeff McNeil went 1-4 with a first-inning infield single and a run scored in the third inning. He started four innings in right field and played the final three frames at third base.
KEY CYCLONES CONTRIBUTORS
Jeff McNeil: 1-4, R
Wilmer Reyes: 1-2, HR, RBI, 2 R
Mitch Ragan: W, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 K
Michel Otanez: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K
Game Two - Brooklyn 5, Connecticut 0
W: Biddy (3-0)
L: Stuka (0-1)
After six innings of gridlock, the Cyclones broke through for five runs in the seventh inning by playing small ball. Ranfy Adon, Kennie Taylor, and Wilmer Reyes each drove in a run on singles that didn't leave the infield grass. Ariel Yera collected an RBI groundout, and Jake Mangum lashed an RBI single to center field in the only run-scoring at-bat that produced a ball hit to the outfield.
Dan Goggin, Hunter Parsons, and Jared Biddy combined for Brooklyn's second shutout of the night. They struck out 14 of the 21 Tigers retired in the game.
Connecticut starter Jack O'Loughlin was brilliant but took a no-decision after posting six shutout innings with six strikeouts.
KEY CYCLONES CONTRIBUTORS
Jared Biddy: W, 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K
Hunter Parsons: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
Dan Goggin: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K
Ranfy Adon: 3-3, RBI, R
NEWS & NOTES
With the Cyclones' win in Game 1 of the doubleheader, manager Edgardo Alfonzo became the fourth Brooklyn skipper in franchise history to win 100 career games, joining his older brother Edgar Alfonzo, Rich Donnelly, and Tom Gamboa.
At 37-28, Brooklyn has matched its high-water mark of nine games above .500.
The Cyclones are now tied with Aberdeen for first place in the Wild Card, and they trail Hudson Valley by just one game in the McNamara Division.
Brooklyn collected its second doubleheader sweep in less than a week. The Cyclones swept two games from Tri-City on Sunday at MCU Park.
In Game 2, the Cyclones struck out 14 batters, one shy of the team's season high. Hunter Parson struck out a career-high six batters.
Cyclones at Connecticut - Saturday, 6:05 p.m.
Dodd Stadium - Norwich, CT
Probables: RHP Nate Jones (0-1, 1.80) at TBA
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