Short Season Wednesday: Brooklyn continues home dominance; Kingsport rallies late; Urbina just average

SS-A: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 7, Aberdeen Ironbirds 4

William Cherry (2-4, HR, 2RBI) hit a 2-run homerun to cap a 3-run fifth, to lead the Brooklyn Cyclones (41-21) to a 7-4 victory over Aberdeen. The victory gives the Cyclones a league leading (23-6) home record, and opens up a 10 game lead in the McNamara Division.

 The Ironbirds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, and knocked out Cyclones starter Jonathan Kountis (1/3 IP, 1h, 3 er, 4 bb) after recording only one out.  Kountis faced six hitters on the night: walk, double, walk, pop out, walk, walk.  To say that’s a rough outing is an understatement.  Nelson Pereira picked up the win in relief, as he held the Ironbirds scoreless over the next 3 2/3 innings (2 hits, 3bb, 4K). Wes Wrenn was also solid in relief (4 IP, 1 hit, 1 er, 1 bb, 2 k), and  Ryan Fraser (1bb, 2K) pitched a scoreless ninth for his team leading 11th save.

The Cyclones opened their half of the first with a rbi single by Cory Vaughn (2-4, 2B, RBI).  The Cyclones then scored 3 more runs in the bottom of the second, capped by a Wilfredo Tovar (1-4, 2B, 2RBI) 2-run double.  Joe Bonfe (2-4, 2B, RBI) and J.B. Brown (1-4, 2B, RBI) each drove in runs for the Cyclones.

SS-R: @ Kingsport Mets 5, Burlington Royals 2

The Burlington defense melted down in the bottom of the eighth, as they committed 4 errors in the inning, to help Kingsport (27-33) rally for the 5-2 victory.  Trailing 2-1, Kingsport took advantage of the sloppy Burlington defense.  Albert Cordero (3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI) tied the game in the eighth with a rbi triple, then after a Nelfi Zapata walk, the K-Mets took the lead with a John Semel  (2-3, rbi) rbi single; a Burlington error allowed Zapata to score on the play as well.  The 20-year old Cordero was a homerun short of the cycle, and raised his season totals to .281/.303/.476.  Starter Carlos Vazquez , making his first start for Kingsport, was solid in the no-decision (6 IP, 2 hits, 2 er, 0 bb, 3 k, HR). 

SS-R: GCL Marlins 4, @ GCL Mets 2- 11 innings

Juan Urbina was long gone to figure in the decision of this marathon.  Urbina finished only 3 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, while walking 2 and striking out only 1.  The 17-year old Urbina has been up and down this summer, but overall he has shown health and solid velocity (88-90 mph) with his fastball.  Urbina also has showed the ability to miss bats (48 1/3 IP, 38 K), and a solid BB/K ratio (14/38) which for a young raw left-hander is very promising. 

 Francisco Pena (1-4, bb, K)- .313/.436/.344