The Brooklyn Cyclones force a decisive game 3, as a Jamestown wild pitch allowed ZeErika McQueen (pictured, courtesy of brooklyncyclones.com) to score the game winning run in the bottom of the 12th. The win puts the Cyclones one win away from the NYPL Championship series.
Angel Cuan pitched seven solid innings, giving up four hits, three runs, walking three, and striking out five. Cuan left the game up to the bullpen to hold a 6-3 lead, but Jamestown pounced on Johan Figuereo (1/3 IP, 4 hits, 4 runs, 3 er) in the top of the eighth, scoring four times to take a 7-6 lead. The Cyclones fought back in the bottom of the inning, with a two-out rally. Darrell Ceciliani (2-3, 2 runs, 3 bb, 2 SB) walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, then scored on a J.B. Brown (2-5, 2 RBI) infield single. According to Josh Mevorach (brooklyncyclones.com), Brooklyn manager, Wally Backman took a chance in sending Ceciliani home, as the shortstop fielded the ball in short left-field but stumbled, giving Backman a small window to send the runner home. The ball would beat Ceciliani home, but a wide slide allowed him to get his hand in safely to score the tying run. Ceciliani would wreak havoc all night, reaching base safely five times, scoring two runs, and stealing two bases.
Back-to-back doubles off of Cyclones reliever Hamilton Bennent, would allow Jamestown to take the lead in the top of the ninth once again. The Cyclones were three outs from elimination, but back-to-back singles by Joe Bonfe (3-5, 2 runs, SB) and William Cherry (2-6, 2B, 2 RBI, SB) set up a first and third situation for Juan Ceteno (3-5, 2 2B, RBI). Ceteno delivered a game-tying sacrifice fly to even the score at eight.
Cyclones closer Ryan Fraser (3 IP, 1 h, 5 K) would pitch three shutout innings, to keep the Cyclones even in the contest. A.J. Pinera (1 IP, 2K) would toss a scoreless top of the 12th, setting up the Cyclones for a dramatic bottom of the inning.
Ceteno would lead-off the inning with a double. McQueen would be summoned to pinch-run for Ceteno, and would move to third on a James Schroeder (2-5, RBI) sacrifice bunt. With Wilfredo Tovar batting, Jamestown pitcher, Josh Hodges would uncork a wild pitch, allowing McQueen to score and be mobbed by his teammates.
Game 3- Jamestown Jammers @ Brooklyn Cyclones- Thursday Sept. 9, 7:00pm