Sunday, Aug. 23 at State College
Brandon Moore pitched the first no-hitter in Cyclone history — albeit a seven-inning version, thanks to the day’s double-header, a six-strikeout gem that began what turned out to be an important sweep for Brooklyn,
The 23-year-old Moore (6-2, 2.15) was stellar, though he did walk three and hit one batter. In the end, he said it was his best game ever — “because it was a no-hitter” — but admitted that he did not have command of his fastball.
He got out of jams with wicked, off-speed stuff.
The Cyclone offense got all Moore needed in the first. After Justin Garber led off with a double, he later scored on a SAC fly.
Alex Gregory hit an RBI double in the fourth to make the score 2-0.
And in the seventh, three more insurance runs came. One run scored on a Jordany Valdespin RBI single, and two more scored on an error.
In the nightcap, Brooklyn rapped 11 hits and capitalized on two Ironbird errors to complete the sweep.
The score was even at one apiece when the Cyclones scored four in the sixth. Luis Rivera doubled, but was thrown out at home on Alex Gregory’s single. Ralph Henriquez singled, and he and Gregory scored on John Servidio’s double. An error on the play allowed Servidio to score, too.
Starter Mark Cohoon notched his league-leading eighth win with a complete game, four-hitter, striking out six and lowering his ERA to 2.36. The run against him was unearned.
The sweep, coupled with a split by the hated Staten Island Yankees in their doubleheader, put the Cyclones’ first-place lead at five games with just 14 to play.