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July 23 Spikes pregame notes

Brooklyn Cyclones (19-15) at State College Spikes (10-25)

When: 7:05 p.m. tonight

Where: Medlar Field at Lubrano Park

Pitching matchup: B -- Marcos Camarena (1-3, 4.97); SC -- Ryan Hafner (0-2, 3.86)

Notes: The Spikes and Cyclones are headed in opposite directions. The Spikes were outscored by Mahoning Valley 27-7 and the Cyclones outscored Aberdeen 24-1 during the past two nights. The Cyclones collected 31 hits during their final two games against Aberdeen. Brooklyn’s Daniel Muno is one of the league’s most effective leadoffs, hitting .358 with a .458 on-base percentage. Muno has nearly as many walks (14) as strikeouts (17) and went 4-for-5 on Friday. The Spikes have used four different leadoff hitters this season: Justin Bencsko, Taylor Lewis, Alex Fuselier and Brian Sharp. Bencsko (.301) is the only one hitting above .200. Brooklyn manager Rich Donnelly has Pirates ties, serving as former manager Jim Leyland’s third base coach during the early 1990s and working as a player development advisor from 2008-09. Former World Series MVP Frank Viola is the Cyclones’ pitching coach.

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