Aug. 1 at MCU Park
Cyclone starter Andrew Church didn’t make it out of the first inning as the Muckdogs scored six runs en route to a 10–3 win.
Alexander Fernandez was hit by a pitch to lead off, stole second, advanced to third on a single, and scored on a sacrifice fly.
After Brad Haynal singled, Roy Morales’ run-scoring single made it 2–0.
Then came a run-scoring double from Yuniel Ramirez.
Giovanny Alfonzo, the son of Edgar Alfonzo and a Cyclone bat boy in 2001, singled in a run.
After another sacrifice fly, Travis Brewster singled to put Batavia up 6–0.
Church was gone after two-thirds of an inning.
Brooklyn crawled back into the game with a few home runs. Tucker Tharp led off the third with a homer and David Thompson did the same to lead off the fourth.
The homer was Thompson’s second of the season.
Haynal led off the Batavia fifth with a homer to make it 7–2. It was the only run Darwin Frias gave up in three-and-two-thirds innings of relief.
The Cyclones got a run back in the fifth on two singles and two walks. Hengelbert Rojas came up as the potential tying run with the bases loaded but struck out swinging.
A two-run homer in the sixth off the bat of Stone Garrett put the game away.
Brooklyn left 12 runners on base much to the chagrin of Tom Gamboa, who let the Cyclones know about it after the game.
“He was a little hoarse tonight,” Thompson said. “We had some opportunities and, myself included, didn’t come up with guys in scoring position. So it’s not just the pitcher’s fault for us getting down early. We should have scored more runs.”
Carlos Valdez gave up an unearned run in the eighth and Craig Missigman pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Cyclones struck out 15 times, including four times in the seventh.
Nestor Bautista picked up the win for the Muckdogs, giving up two runs in four innings of relief.
The 22–18 Cyclones are back in action on Sunday at 1 pm against Batavia.
The Mets sent former Cyclone Michael Conforto back down to Triple-A.
The game was delayed for 28 minutes as home plate umpire Josh Havens and base umpire Brandon Mooney switched places after Havens was injured by a foul tip.