Mahoning Valley Scrappers 3
July 28 at Eastwood Field
An eighth-inning throwing error from Clones first baseman Jayce Boyd set the stage for a two-run homer that erased Brooklyn’s one-run lead over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Saturday night — securing the pride of Coney Island’s second heartbreaking loss in two days.
The Cyclones got on the board in the first inning of the back-and-forth bout in the Buckeye State when center fielder Brandon Nimmo hit a leadoff single and crossed the plate on catcher Kevin Plawecki’s line-drive double to right field.
But the Scrappers scraped up a run in the second as Brooklyn starter Hansel Robles gave up a double to catcher Richard Stock, followed by a single to designated hitter Logan Vick. Scrapper right fielder Andrew Campbell then singled on a line drive out to left field, driving Stock home.
The Clones recaptured the lead in the next inning, with right fielder Eudy Pina chopping a grounder to Scrapper shortstop Jairo Kelly for a single and taking second on ground out by Brooklyn shortstop Phillip Evans. Pina then ran home on a line-drive single by first baseman Jayce Boyd.
But everything fell apart in the eighth. With two outs on the board, Scrapper second baseman Joseph Wendle reached first on Boyd’s throwing error — giving third baseman Joe Sever another runner to bring home when he crushed a homer out over left field off a pitch from struggling Cyclones reliever David Wynn.
The Cyclones went down in order the next inning, ending the game.
Brooklyn’s boys of summer are now two games out of first place in the McNamara division of the NY–Penn league, trailing the Hudson Valley Renegades. Yet the team is still seven games ahead of division rivals the Aberdeen Ironbirds and nine-and-a-half games ahead of the reviled Staten Island Yankees.
The Cyclones are home again at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island, (718) 449–8497, www.brooklyncyclones.com] on Aug. 1 at 7 pm as they take on the Connecticut Tigers.