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Cyclones defeat IronBirds, 5-2, to round out 12-game homestand at 8-4

Brooklyn Cyclones

May 5, 2024 – South Atlantic League (SAL)
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BROOKLYN, NY – The Brooklyn Cyclones broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the eighth inning on Sunday afternoon and defeated the Aberdeen Ironbirds 5-2. DH Junior Tilien’s bases-loaded walk, combined with a two-run double by LF Jose Hernandez, propelled Brooklyn to victory. With the win, the Cyclones end the six-match set with Aberdeen with wins in four games, making it their second straight run in which they have gone four for six.

RHP Douglas Orellana continued his strong start to 2024. In his second start of the campaign, Orellana recorded 2.2 hitless innings while allowing just one run. The Brooklyn bullpen combined for 6.1 innings of one-run ball, while RHPs Jordany Ventura, Justin Lawson, Brett Banks (win) and Josh Hejka (save) shut down Aberdeen the rest of the way.

Brooklyn opened the scoring right from the jump, as RF Wilfredo Lara came home to score on a balk against RHP Levi Wells with a runner on third. That was the only run the Aberdeen starter would give up over three innings of work.

The Ironbirds would score even in the third. With a runner on first base and two outs, 2B Nick Maton launched a runscoring triple to right field, beating CF Enrique Bradfield. Minor league rehabber Maton drafted Bradfield, who saw his first action since April 20.

Both teams would remain quiet offensively until the bottom of the fifth inning. When C Creed Willems CF tried to throw out Omar De Los Santos by stealing third, the throw raced down the left field line on a throwing error, allowing De Los Santos to take home and give Brooklyn the lead.

Aberdeen tied the score again, this time in the seventh on an RBI single by DH Mac Horvath. His basic knock even put the Ironbirds at 2-2.

Brooklyn’s biggest frame came offensively in the eighth. After 3B Jeffrey De Los Santos doubled to start the frame, SS William Lugo and C Drake Osborn each reached base with walks. Then, RHP Graham Firoved issued his third straight walk to Tilien, giving Brooklyn a 3-2 lead. One batter later, Hernandez would provide the finishing touch: a two-run double that gave Brooklyn a 5-2 lead they would never relinquish.

After a league-wide day off on Monday, Brooklyn returns to action on Tuesday, kicking off a two-week road trip against the Rome Emperors. Georgia’s first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Likely starters have yet to be announced.

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