Clones stumble, fall to Connecticut • Brooklyn Paper

Clones stumble, fall to Connecticut

On the ball: Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa made all the right moves during his teams 3–2 extra-inning, opening night victory on the Rock.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Connecticut 4

Cyclones 3

Sept. 5 in Connecticut

The Cyclones came back from a 3–1 deficit late in the game to tie the score, but the Tigers took it in extra innings, handing our boys their second straight loss.

The Clones were down but they were not out late in the game. With two outs in the seventh, Franklin Correa and Guillermo Granadillo hit consecutive singles to put runners on first and second. Walter Rasquin then singled to score Correa to make it 3–2.

The Cyclones tied it up in the next inning when Wagner Lagrange tripled before Jose Miguel Medina grounded out to score Lagrange.

Brooklyn’s Boys of Summer were close to extending it to eleven innings, but they came up short. With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Andres Sthormes singled before Cole Peterson doubled to put Sthormes on third.

Manager Edgardo Alfonzo feared reliever Joe Napolitano might blow it, so he replaced Napolitano with Cannon Chadwick. But Chadwick couldn’t get the job done, surrendering a single for the last at-bat to Garrett McCain, who scored Sthormes for the game-winning run.

The loss makes the Cyclones now 24–50, so now our boys have two more chances to complete their “Drive for 25,” and will be playing the first-place Staten Island Yankees in order to get that 25th win.

The division rivals will square off on the Rock tonight at 7 pm.

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