Cyclones 3 (11 inns.)
Saturday, Aug. 7 at MCU Park
For the second night in a row, the Cyclones tied the game in the bottom of the ninth and then won it in the 11th.
In this contest, though, the Clones did whatever they could to give this game away, including committing a two-error inning by shortstop Rylan Sandoval that set up both of the Connecticut Tigers’ unearned runs off reliever Hamilton Bennett.
Starter A.J. Pinera had been solid, even getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the third by striking out two.
The Cyclone comeback began with Brian Harrison’s seventh-inning solo shot. Then, William Cherry led off the bottom of the ninth with a game-tying homer.
In the 11th, Harrison led off with a double. When J.B. Brown laid down a less-than-perfect bunt, the Tigers tried to get Harrison at third, but threw the ball away, allowing him to score.
Darrell Ceciliani, who is trying to be the first ballplayer to hit .400 in the New York–Penn League since 1971, was an inexplicable 0-for-5, dropping his average to .378.
The win also gave the Cyclones a 33-15 record — with only four home losses — and an nine-game lead over the second-place Renegades.
The Staten Island Yankees remain in last place.
The next Cyclones home game is tonight at 5 pm against the Connecticut Tigers at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 19th Street in Coney Island, (718) 449-8497]. For info, visit www.brooklyncyclones.com.