Mahoning Valley Scrappers 5
July 29 at Eastwood Field
Brooklyn’s line-up came alive as the team hammered the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ pitching staff in their second night in Ohio.
Cyclones center fielder Brandon Nimmo opened the game with a leadoff single off hurler Ryan Merritt— just a preview of what was to come for the first-round draft pick from Wyoming. Second baseman Jeff Reynolds drew a walk to bring up shortstop Philip Evans, who crushed a three-run dinger to left. Catcher Kevin Plawecki grounded out and first baseman Jayce Boyd flied out, but the amount of contact the Clones were making worried Scrappers skipper Ted Kubiak enough that he yanked Merritt for reliever Josh Martin. The new pitcher managed to end the inning, but he wouldn’t succeed in keeping Brooklyn’s bats quiet — the mini-Mets posted two more runs in the second frame, with back-to-back homers from Nimmo and right fielder Julio Concepcion.
The Scrappers managed to get on the board in the bottom of the second and picked up another run in the third thanks to an RBI single from first baseman Evan Frazar. But Martin pitched himself into a jam in the fifth, giving up back-to-back singles to Reynolds and Evans and walking Plawecki with no outs. Boyd then hit a sac fly that brought Reynolds home. The Scrappers went to the bullpen again, this time for hurler James Stokes. After striking out Sabol, Stokes let Clones third baseman Alexander Sanchez rope one to center field, driving in Evans.
And Brooklyn’s batters still had more in the tank: the team put up two more runs in the sixth, with singles by Concepcion, Nimmo — who went four for six on the night — Reynolds and Evans. In the eighth, Reynolds singled again and scored. The Scrappers attempted to rally in the bottom half of the frame, but fell short after an RBI single by right fielder Andrew Campbell and a two-run double off the bat of center fielder Tyler Naquin.
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.