Baseball: Brooklyn Scores Early, Beats Vermont 5-1

Courtesy Vermont Lake Monsters

BURLINGTON — Joe Genord’s three-run homer capped a four-run top of the first inning as the Brooklyn Cyclones held the Vermont Lake Monsters to just one run for the second straight day in a 5-1 New York-Penn League victory Saturday evening at historic Centennial Field.

Vermont starter Tyler Baum got the first two batters quickly in the top of the first, but a Yoel Romero bunt single followed by a Luke Ritter single to right and Jose Peroza RBI line drive single gave the Cyclones a 1-0 lead. Genord then made it 4-0 with his sixth homer of the season, a three-run shot to left on a 1-2 pitch from Baum.

Logan Davidson, Oakland’s 2019 first-round drat pick out of Clemson, drilled a 2-2 pitch with one out in the bottom of the first off Brooklyn starter Michel Otanez over the fence in rightcenter for his first professional home run and the only run of the game for the Lake Monsters.

Game stayed 4-1 until the ninth when the Cyclones scored an unearned run on an Antoine Duplantis RBI double following a Vermont two-out throwing error. The Lake Monsters were held to just five hits on the night, none after a fourth-inning single from Davidson.

Baum allowed the four runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts over the first three innings, while Colin Peluse four hits with no walks and four strikeouts in five scoreless innings of relief. The ninth-round pick out of Wake Forest retired nine of the first 10 Cyclones he faced over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

Otanez (1-0) allowed just the Davidson homer and five hits with one walk and five strikeouts over five innings. Brooklyn relievers Jared Biddy and Brian Metoyer (second save) each tossed two hitless innings, allowing just a one-out hit batter in eighth and one-out walk in ninth (erased on game-ending double play).

Vermont (16-26) is 10 games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2016 season and have been held to two runs or less in 20 of 42 games. The Lake Monsters and Cyclones will wrap up the three-game homestand on Sunday at 5:05pm with Aviation & Aerospace Night along with “Have A Catch” on the field post-game.