June 20 at Aberdeen.
Right fielder Michael Bernal went 4-for-5 with two triples, a double, and three runs batted in, extending the Cyclones winning streak to four.
The 22-year-old, in his fourth year in the Mets’ system, tripled in two in the first, giving the Clones the early lead.
But Cyclones started Casey Meiser faltered early, giving up a homer to Alex Murphy in the first and allowing another run in the second, tying the score.
The Clones answered in the third. With one out and a man on first, Bernal again tripled scoring a run, then came home on a single by Jeff Diehl, once again giving the Clones a two-run lead.
Meiser again couldn’t hold the lead, balking in a run in the bottom of the frame before allowing a single to score a second.
The score remained tied until Kelly Searest replaced Meiser in the sixth and promptly gave up two runs, giving the IronBirds its first lead of the game.
But the Clones tied it in the eight, when Bernal again played a key role, leading off the inning with a single.
Tomas Nido scored the winning run in the ninth after doubling and reaching third on a throwing error before coming home on a sacrifice fly by Oswill Lartiguez.
Shane Bay had a 1-2-3 ninth, earning his second save of the year.
The win put the Cyclones at 6–2, in sole possession of first place in the heated McNamara Division. The hated Staten Island Yankees are lurking in third place, with a 4–4 record.
The Cyclones once again take on the Ironbirds in Aberdeen tonight at 7:05. As always, the game can be streamed at brooklyncy