BROOKLYN - Nellie Rodriguez accounted for all five of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers runs, including two home runs, but it wasn't enough as the Brooklyn Cyclones won the first of a three-game series, 7-5.
Rodriguez, playing in his first professional game in his hometown of New York City, put on a show for his large cheering section. In the top of the fourth inning, Rodriguez blasted a solo home run. In the top of the sixth with Juan Herrera at second base, Rodriguez lifted an RBI double to centerfield. He delivered a two-run single in the seventh inning.
In the top of the ninth inning, Rodriguez blasted a tape-measure home run deep into the Brooklyn night.
Dace Kime (0-1) started for the Scrappers. He went two innings and allowed one run on two hits. Kime struck out two and didn't walk a batter.
Harold Guerrero followed and was only able to work 1/3 of an inning. He allowed five runs on three hits. He walked one and hit a batter. Briely Puerta went 2 2/3 innings and didn't allow a run while walking one and striking out three.
Rafael Homblert allowed one run on a leadoff home run in the sixth inning. He went one inning allowing just the one hit. Ben Heller followed and worked 1 2/3 innings without allowing a hit or run. He exited after being struck on the right arm by a line drive. Manuel Carmona finished the game for Mahoning Valley.
The Scrappers and Cyclones will continue their series tonight when Kenny Mathews takes the mound at 7 p.m.