Cyclones can’t hold 4-0 lead in loss to Connecticut Tigers

The Cyclones blew a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning on Sunday. Photo by Flickr user Wally Gobetz.

The Cyclones blew a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning on Sunday. Photo by Flickr user Wally Gobetz.

The Brooklyn Cyclones took a 4-0 lead into the sixth inning against the Connecticut Tigers, but couldn’t hold on as the Tigers scored four runs in the sixth and two more in the eighth as the Cyclones lost 6-4 in the second game of a three game series in Connecticut.

Cyclones starter John Gant, drafted in the 21st round in 2011 out of high school, was cruising along with a shutout and eight strikeouts entering the sixth inning, but left with two outs and runners on first and second thanks to walk and hit by pitch. Reliever David Wynn came on and walked another to load the bases before a two-RBI single knocked him out of the game. It was then left to Paul Paez, who gave up a bases loaded walk to tie it at 4-4.

Paez was still in the game in the eighth inning when he gave up a go-ahead RBI-double with one out and then a sac fly gave the Tigers a 6-4 lead which they ultimately held on to.

All of the offense for the Cyclones came on two runs in the second inning and then two more in the sixth. They broke through on a RBI-double by Matthew Oberste and a second run scored on an error by Tigers’ right fielder Raphael Rhymes to make it 2-0 at the time. Tigers’ reliever Jonathan Maciel got into trouble in the sixth by walking the bases loaded before a throwing error lead to one run and a ground out scored another. That was all the offense they would get on the day.

• The loss if the fifth in seven games for the Cyclones, who are sitting in last place in the McNamara division in the New York-Penn League. They’ve struggled on the road with a 5-12 record. They will have a chance to win the three game series in an 11:05 a.m. game on Monday.

• John Gant’s final line: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 0 HR. His nine strikeouts were tied for the second highest total he’s had in five starts this season. His season high was 10 strikeouts back on June 26 against Aberdeen. He has a 2.93 ERA, a 13.3 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 27.2 innings this season.

• Wynn, an undrafted free agent lefty who also played for the Cyclones last season, gave up just his second earned run on the season. He now has a 1.74 ERA with a 10.5 K/9 and a very high 7.0 BB/9 in 10.1 innings this season.

• Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. This year’s fourth round draft pick by the Mets is now hitting a solid .297/.368/.337 in 26 games so far this season.

• First baseman Matthew Oberste went 1-for-4 with two RBI’s. The seventh round draft pick this year, he has struggled and hit just .237/.269/.320 in 25 games.

• Here is the box score for the game and here is the play-by-play.

• Cyclones starter, lefty Carlos Valdez, takes on Jonathon Crawford of the Tigers on Monday morning.

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