July 30 at MCU Park
Reliever Adam Hill gave up a triple to Cesar Salazar in the eighth, scoring two and breaking a 3–3 tie as the Cyclones fell to the Valley Cats.
Salazar was then knocked in by a single to make it 6–3.
The two teams played a game of tit-for-tat until the fourth inning, when the game was tied at three.
Tri–City got on the board in the first when Jose Butto gave up a solo homer to Alex McKenna, the second batter he faced as a Cyclone. Brooklyn tied it up in the bottom of the card, when Carlos Cortes, who had tripled, reached home on a wild pitch.
The upstate team got back on top in the second, before the Clones tied it up in the third when Cortes, who went three-for-four with a triple and two singles, singled to knock in Manny Rodriguez, who had tripled.
Tri–City took the lead again in the fourth on a solo shot, and Brooklyn tied it back up in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring single from David Miranda that knocked home Chase Chambers.
In the eighth, Walter “Rabbi” Rasquin doubled to drive in Wagner Lagrange, who had walked, to put our boys within two, but they couldn’t make up the deficit.
Butto, who was promoted from the Kingsport Mets on Sunday, made his Cyclones debut on the mound Monday, striking out four and allowing three runs over six innings.
“I thought because it was his first start here he was gonna be shaken, but he showed some real character on the mound,” said Cyclones skipper Edgardo Alfonzo. “He’s a really calmed down guy, he looks like a veteran to me.”
Brooklyn’s Boys of Summer give it another try today during a rare day game, this one at 11:30 am at MCU Park.