The Brooklyn Cyclones scored three runs in the first and Casey Meisner made it stand up as they finished their series against the Connecticut Tigers by taking two of three to tie for the wild-card lead.
“Our pitching did it today,” said Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa. “Our defense was clean except for the two errors. Fortunately, we got some very timely hitting against a good pitcher in the first inning to put a three-spot on the board and a huge pinch-hit by Diehl to get us what turned out to be the winning run.”
John Mora opened things up with a double to left followed by an error by Tigers’ pitcher Chase Edwards that allowed Mora to score. Michael Conforto then singled to left to make it 2-0 and scored on an RBI-single by Michael Bernal.
The Tigers got one back in the second when Joey Pankake singled, stole second and scored on a throwing error by catcher Tyler Moore. They added another in the fourth to make it 3-2 when Pankake doubled and scored on a ground out. That would be all they could get off Meisner, who picked up his second victory of the season during a six inning, six hit, no walk and six strikeout performance.
“I hadn’t realized that (Meisner) had gone almost a year in between wins until I read it in the notes,” Gamboa said. “His last outing was a real confidence booster. He got in a jam and got out of it. Today, he had a real clean first inning and Dave and I thought he threw the ball real good today.”
The ‘Clones picked up a bit of insurance in the seventh when Adrian Abreu doubled and scored on a Jeffrey Diehl single. They needed it too as the Tigers scored one more time in the eighth when Ross Kivett scored on a single by Pankake.
The Cyclones and the Tigers are now tied with 27-24 records. There are still 25 games left to play so it’s a bit early to begin celebrating, especially since they are only tied. However, the Cyclones have recently received a big boost as Michael Conforto has joined the team and lead them to a 12-6 record.
“I think our fans are going to see some exciting baseball down the stretch,” Gamboa said. “We’re in it and our guys are fired up about it. They’re motivated, it’s a good group and hopefully it will be exciting until the last day.”