BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Brandon Nimmo Starting to Find His Grove at Plate as a Lead-Off Hitter.
Brooks Take Second Straight. Win Series 2-1 Over Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
Finish Road Trip 4-2. Remain Two Games Out of First Place.
Having completed a 4-2 road trip, the Boardwalk Bums packed up the team bus last night, and started the long but happy drive from Ohio, back to Coney Island, where they will enjoy a well deserved day off today; Tuesday.
In Monday's action, Brandon Nimmo hit the cowhide off the baseball for the second consecutive game. And after dropping game one of this now concluded series, the Cyclones came storming back with two resounding victories over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in game two and three.
Batting lead-off for the sixth consecutive game, Brandon Nimmo went 3 for 5 in Monday night's game, with two doubles, one RBI, and two runs scored. Over the first four games of the trip, he was just three of seventeen at the plate. In his last two games however, he has seven hits in his last eleven at-bats. Since being moved into the lead-off slot for game one of the prior series against Batavia, he is batting .357, based on ten hits in twenty-eight at-bats.
On Monday, starting pitcher Rainy Lara tossed a phenomenal game for Brooklyn. It didn't start that way though. He allowed a single, and a run producing double in the first inning, but then proceeded to keep the Scrappers quiet over his next six innings pitched. In all, Rainy pitched seven full innings, allowing just a run on three hits. He issued no walks, and struck out a season high ten batters. With this effort, he lowered his season ERA to a 2.72 mark, and earned his fifth win of the season against just one loss.
Jayce Boyd hit a two RBI single in the third inning to put Brooklyn ahead. With the bases loaded in the fifth, an RBI single by Stefan Sabol plated two more runs for Brooklyn, to make it a 4-1 game. Then in the sixth inning, the Cyclones picked up their fifth and final run when Brandon Nimmo doubled home Eudy Pina.
The Cyclones' bullpen took care of the rest. David Wynn struck out two batters working the eighth inning. And Paul Sewald closed out Brooklyn's 5-1 victory allowing a hit, and striking out one batter in the ninth.
The Cyclones are now 25-17, and remain two games behind the first place Hudson Valley Renegades. After today's off day, the Cyclones will host three games against the Connecticut Tigers on the old lots of Steeplechase.