The Brooklyn Cyclones’ strength this year has been it’s pitching staff, but during the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on Tuesday it was a couple of Cyclones pitchers that contributed to a 4-3 National League loss to the American League.
Cyclones reliever John Mincone came in to close out a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, but quickly gave up a game tying home run to Ryan Huck to blow the save. A single, an error, and a wild pitch then put the winning run 90 feet away at third base. With one out, Mincone got Oscar Hernandez to ground out to short, but the NL could not complete the double play, the run came across home plate, and the game was over.
“I was looking for a fastball early and ended up getting behind in the count a little bit,” Huck told Craig Forde of MiLB.com. “I was just trying to battle up and ended up getting a hanging curveball that I was able to put over the wall.”
That capped off a back and forth game that started when Cyclones’ starter Miller Diaz allowed a run in the first inning on a single, a stolen base, and another single to give the AL an early 1-0 lead. The NL tied it at 1-1 in the third when Avery Romero had a swinging bunt with the bases loaded that was placed perfectly for Chan Moon to score.
The AL retook the lead in the sixth inning thanks to a couple of wild pitches that allowed Yankees prospect Eric Jagielo to reach on a strikeout and then another that got him to third to setup a Huck sac fly off of NL pitcher Chris Cotton that made it 2-1.
The NL had its own comeback in it though as it scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth. Brooklyn’s L.J. Mazzilli started it off by reaching on an error with two outs. He eventually scored on three wild pitches, each one allowed him to move up one base, then Harold Ramirez walked and scored on a Felix Munoz RBI single. If only Mincone had been able to hold the lead, Mazzilli could have been the hero instead of a footnote in an exciting All-Star Game.
• Robert Gsellman pitched a scoreless fifth inning as gave up one hit and struck out a pair.
• John Gant, who last pitched on Saturday and was available, did not make an appearance during the game.