Cyclones drop title series opener

September, 12, 2010
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The Brooklyn Cyclones lost Game 1 of the best-of-three New York-Penn League championship series on Saturday night, falling to the Tri-City Valley Cats, 5-2. Brooklyn now faces elimination in a must-win Game 2 at MCU Park on Sunday at 5 p.m. Brooklyn jumped out to a lead in the first inning when Cory Vaughn blasted a two-run home run to left-center after J.B. Brown’s single. The home run was the first of the postseason for Vaughn, the Cyclones' record-setting slugger. Brooklyn, however, did not score again. The Valley Cats roared back with four runs in the third inning off Brooklyn starter A.J. Pinera, aided in part by a Cyclones error by Brown on a potential double-play groundball. Wes Wrenn came on in relief of Pinera in the fifth inning, and pitched one scoreless frame, but Tri-City added a run in the sixth inning on a home run by Marcus Nidiffer that made the score 5-2. Both bullpens held the opponents scoreless the rest of the way. If Brooklyn wins Game 2, MCU Park will host a winner-take-all game on Monday at 7 p.m. Boxscore

Compiled from team report
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187