BROOKLYN, NY - 2011 New York Mets first round pick, Brandon Nimmo, broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 7th when he belted a grand slam to right field off Alex Schmarzo. The Cyclones held on for a 6-2 victory over the IronBirds. Aberdeen finished up their six-game roadtrip with a 2-4 record.
Facing RHP Sebastian Vader for the second time this week, the Cyclones plated a pair of runs in the first inning off the IronBirds' opening night starter. Vader settled down following the first and did not allow a run in his final three innings of work. Over four innings, Vader allowed two runs on six hits while striking out two and walking two.
Cyclones' starter RHP Gabriel Ynoa retired the Birds in order through the first two innings but in the third, Aberdeen got to Brooklyn's starter. RF Lucas Herbst led off the inning with a single to center. After a Pedro Perez ground out moved Herbst to second, 2B Anthony Caronia walked. Following a Will Howard fly out to right, CF Roderick Bernadina stepped to the plate. Ynoa uncorked a wild pitch that moved up Herbst and Caronia each up 90-feet. Bernadina then doubled home Herbst and Caronia to tie game up at two.
Saturday's contest stayed nodded at two until the bottom of the seventh. After a pair of walks loaded the bases with two outs, CF Brandon Nimmo came to the plate against RHP Alex Schmarzo. Nimmo lined the first offering he saw from Schmarzo over the right field fence for a grand slam. Nimmo's first homer of the season put the Cyclones in front, 6-2.
RHP Paul Sewald closed out the Cyclones victory with a scoreless ninth inning. Tim Peterson (1-0) picked up the victory out of the Cyclones' bullpen. Enrico Jimenez (0-2) got the loss out of the IronBirds' pen.
The IronBirds return home for a three-game series with the Staten Island Yankees on Sunday night at Ripken Stadium. RHP Jaime Esquivel (1-1, 6.43) will start for the Birds while the Yankees will turn to RHP Andrew Benak (0-0, 1.80). First pitch in Aberdeen is set for 5:35 p.m. Coverage on the IronBirds Radio Network will begin at 5:20 p.m.
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