Michael Conforto homers twice as Cyclones take two of three over weekend

Brooklyn Cyclones Michael Conforto

New York Mets’ first-round draft pick Michael Conforto hit his first professional home run on Saturday and then hit another on Sunday as the Brooklyn Cyclones kept pace with the Tigers in the wild-card race. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

It was a big weekend for the Brooklyn Cyclones as they won two out of three games including a split with the Connecticut Tigers, the team they’re trailing in the wild-card race, on Saturday and Sunday.

The Cyclones finished up their series with the Auburn Doubledays on Friday with a 4-3 win behind an eight-strikeout performance by Corey Oswalt and a ninth inning rally.

They trailed 3-2 headed into the bottom of the ninth when Tucker Tharp started the inning off with a walk. After a ground out, William Fulmer and Tomas Nido walked to load the bases. John Mora hit a sac fly to right to tie it at 3-3 and Amed Rosario win it with a single to left.

The Cyclones crushed Connecticut on Saturday when they jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning and never looked back en route to an eventual 8-1 victory. Starter Marcos Molina went eight innings with nine strikeouts in that one and first-round draft pick Michael Conforto hit his first professional home run to make it 7-1 in the bottom of the fifth.

The Tigers got their revenge on Sunday, though, when Alberto Baldonado couldn’t tame them and gave up five runs, three earned, in 5.1 innings while reliever Confesor Lara pitched five innings of one-run ball to keep the ‘Clones in check. Conforto hit his second professional home run in this game, but it wasn’t enough for a comeback though.

The worst part of this game was the Tigers’ rally in the fourth inning came on just one hit — a walk, a single, a walk, a hit by pitch and then a throwing error by shortstop Amed Rosario that scored two. Luckily, Michael Gerber was caught stealing home to avoid further embarrassment.

The Cyclones currently sit just one game behind the Tigers in the wild-card race with a chance to catch them on Monday. The Muppets will be in town that night so hopefully they can get some luck from them (or at least keep them from stealing the baseball diamond).

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