The Brooklyn Cyclones held on for 12 innings, but their offense failed to show up as they lost a close pitcher’s duel 2-1 to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on the road on Wednesday. However, they maintain their first-place tie in the wild-card race as the Connecticut Tigers also lost.
Scarlyn Reyes started for the Cyclones and pitched a strong game as he went six inning and didn’t allow any runs on two hits, a walk and four strikeouts. He left the game in the seventh and Gaither Bumgardner walked a pair before Kelly Secrest came in and allowed an inherited runner to score.
Brooklyn tied the game at 1-1 in the eighth inning when Adrian Abreu walked and scored on a John Mora double. That was literally the only offense they would get all night as the Scrappers used five different pitchers to shut them down including four shutout innings from Cameron Hill and three from Edward Estrella in relief. Mora, who had two hits, and Tyler Moore, who had three, were the only ones to pick up more than a single hit.
With the loss, the ‘Clones fall to 27-25 overall which is 10 games behind the Hudson Valley Renegades for first place in the New York-Penn League. They are still tied with the Tigers for the wild card, though. They’re back in action on Thursday against the Scrappers. They have not yet announced a starting pitcher for that game.