The Brooklyn Cyclones jumped out to a big 6-0 lead after they scored five runs in the third inning and held off a late comeback by Mahoning Valley for a 7-5 victory in Coney Island Wednesday night.
Patrick Biondi doubled to lead off the game for the Cyclones and came around to score on a L.J. Mazzilli double to make it 1-0. They really broke it open in the third after they loaded the bases on a single, hit by pitch, and an error. Mazzilli drove in the first of five runs on a sac fly, Alex Sanchez drove in two more on a two-RBI single, and finally two more runs scored on a fielding error by Mahoning Valley’s second baseman Paul Hendrix.
The Cyclones would tack on one more run in the sixth inning on Juan Carlos Gamboa‘s home run, the first home run the Cyclones have hit at home all season.
That was enough to hold off Mahoning Valley as Brooklyn’s starter Jacob Lugo held them to two runs in 5.2 innings on five hits and three walks. Nellie Rodriguez hit a fourth inning homer off Lugo that made it 6-1 and Mahoning Valley chased Lugo in the sixth when they scored another run on a RBI-double to make it 6-2.
Things got a little shaky in the bullpen as Kevin McGowan allowed three runs in three innings of work. A single, double, single drove in two runs in the seventh to make it 7-4. Things got tense with two outs in the ninth inning when Nellie Rodriguez hit his second homer of the game to make it 7-5, but McGowan recovered to get a groundout to end the game.
• Mazzilli went 3-for-4 and is now hitting .315/.375/.360 in 28 games this season. He’s been on an absolute tear during his current seven-game hitting streak with an amazing slash line of .483/.484/.586 (14-for-29).
• Alexander Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI. The DH/first baseman, who is repeating a season in Brooklyn, has hit just .221/.245/.263 in 24 games this year.
• Lugo has struggled in five starts this season, but Wednesday night’s game was his best so far. His final line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. That topped only his first start of the year when he gave up just one run in four innings. He has a 5.24 ERA overall with a 5.6 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9.
• David Wynn has been a solid reliever for the Cyclones. He came in and stopped Mahoning Valley’s rally in the sixth by striking out two of the three batters he faced. He also walked a batter though, which has been his problem all season. In just 11 innings of work he’s already walked nine batters. Still, he has a 1.64 ERA with a 11.5 K/9.
• McGowan qualified for the first save of his career. After his three inning, three earned run performance Wednesday, he’s up to a 5.00 ERA this season with eight strikeouts and three walks in nine innings overall.