Cyclones drop title series opener

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