Playing their second double-header in less than a week, the Brooklyn Cyclones, powered by another standout performance from
their ace Eric Brown, would battle to a 3-2 extra-inning win over the Vermont Lake Monsters.
With their playoff dreams on the line,
the Mets Single-A Affiliate gave Eric Brown the ball in hopes the 6’6 right hander would be able to replicate his season
long success, holding a 1.16 ERA and 6-1 record in just nine starts before tonight’s game.
Keeping the Lake
Monsters scoreless through the fifth Brown gave Brooklyn
exactly what they were looking for. Unfortunately, Vermont starting pitcher
Zach Baldwin would keep the Cyclones hitless through four innings, keeping the game scoreless until a D.J. Wabick RBI single
would score Jesus Gamero and give the Mets Single-A Affiliate a 1-0 lead.
Dan Murphy would add an insurance run for
Brooklyn in the sixth, singling home Gamero again, who reached on an off the wall double earlier in
the inning, giving the Cyclones a 2-0 lead.
“I came here to try and help this
team make the playoffs,” said Gamero, who scored two runs today. “It feels great to help this team.”
Brown would continue to pitch in the seventh,
looking for his first complete game of the season, until disaster struck.
Powered by a pair of hits, two wild pitches
and a throwing error by Cyclones catcher Danny Cummins, Vermont would tie the
game and send it into extra innings.
Brown would continue to pitch for Brooklyn
in the eighth and would keep Vermont scoreless, paving the way for Jesus Gamero
to come through in the clutch for the third time in as many games. Thankfully, he would end up reaching base on an error,
allowing Emmanuel Garcia to score, fueling a 3-2 win over Vermont.
“I thought he just threw an outstanding
game,” said Greer of Brown. “He was really dominant. He had his sinker going and his slider was tremendous. They
[Vermont] couldn’t really square up on him.”
Tonight’s win puts the Cyclones only
a half game behind Aberdeen for the wild card with another game tonight and one
more on Thursday. Greer believes tonight’s victory shows the true ability of his team, fighting all odds to stay in
the playoff hunt.
“To come back in three games in a
row is amazing,” said Cyclones manager George Greer. “It just shows the resiliency of this team.”