The Brooklyn Cyclones fell to the Jamestown Jammers 7-6, in the opening game of their best-of-three playoff series. The Cyclones now have thier backs against the wall, as they need to win the next two games of the series, to stave of elimination in the NYPL semifinal series.
The Cyclones jumped out to an early one-run lead, as Darrell Ceciliani (2-5, SB) singled, stole 2nd, then scored on a Jeff Flagg (3-5, 3B, 3RBI) triple in the 1st. It would be the only lead of the game for the Cyclones, as Jamestown scored a run in the second, four in the third, and another in the fourth to take a 6-1 lead and chase Brooklyn starter, Yohan Almonte (4 IP, 5 hits, 6 runs, 5 er, 3 bb, 3 K). Almonte, the NYPL ERA leader, was just not his normal self, as his control was not there. He walked 3 and delivered a wild pitch in his 4 innings of work. During the season Almonte only walked 15 batters in his 89 2/3 innings of work.
In the top of the 5th, Flagg started the Cyclones comeback, driving home J.B. Brown (0-3, BB) with a single. Flagg then scored on a Joe Bonfe (4-5, 2 2B, 3RBI) rbi double, to cut the Jamestown lead to 6-3. In the 7th, Cory Vaughn (2-4, 2B, 3B, BB) led off with a triple, then scored on a Flagg single. A Bonfe single put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs, but Jamestown pitching recorded 2 quick outs before a two-hour rain delay. When play resumed James Schroeder (0-4) struck out with the runners on 2nd and 3rd.
The Cyclones then tied the game at 6, in the top of the 8th, with a two-out bases loaded single by Bonfe, scored Wilfredo Tovar (1-4, BB) and Ceciliani. The Cyclones tie was short lived, as Jamestown scored a run off reliever Wes Wrenn (1 1/3 IP, 1 h, 1 er, 1 bb, 1 K), to take the eventual game deciding 7-6 lead.
Angel Cuan (5-1, 2.03) takes to the mound tonight for the Cyclones, as they look to even the best-of-three series.