The Cyclones started putting in work early on Saturday night, scoring two runs in the first inning. After a sharp line out by Juan Gamboa to lead off the inning, Dimas Ponce and Phillip Evans both hit singles. Kevin Plawecki then came up and drew a walk to load the bases for Cole Frenzel.
He reached on a fielder’s choice allowing Ponce to score, and put the Cyclones up 1-0. Stefan Sabol then came up and singled to left, scoring Evans and extending his hitting streak to six games. At the end of the first inning the Cyclones were up 2-0.
The IronBirds fought back in the third inning earning two runs. Lucas Herbst and Anthony Caronia singled and moved up a base due to a wild pitch by Gabriel Ynoa, Roderick Bernadina stepped up with runners on second and third with two outs.
Bernadina ripped a two-run double down the left field line. Ynoa mitigated the damage striking out Creede Simpson to end the inning, but not before the game was tied up at 2-2.
Ynoa pitched a very good game going six innings while giving up three hits, surrendering two runs and striking out a career-high six batters. Tim Peterson made his professional debut on Saturday and was the first pitcher out of the bullpen. Peterson pitched two perfect innings, earning the win.
But it was Brandon Nimmo's seventh inning grand slam that put the cyclones in a comfortable lead to win the game 6-2 over the Aberdeen Ironbirds.
The Cyclones offense put up four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Evans led off the inning by hitting a double to the left center field wall followed up by a Plawecki ground out, moving Evans to third. Frenzel grounded out and wasn't able to bring in Evans. Sabol and Nelfi Zapata both worked walks and the bases were loaded for Nimmo.
With one swing of the bat, Nimmo hit his first home run of the season, and became the first player of the year to hit a grand slam, giving the Cyclones a 6-2 lead. The Ironbirds weren't able to come back after Nimmo's knockout grand slam.