Cyclones Clinch Wildcard
*All results from games played on Wendesday, September 05, 2012
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets ________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 2, JUPITER 1 (Box)
Game Two is in the books, and it reads as a St. Lucie win. Jacob DeGrom took the mound for the Mets and spun a solid start- six innings of four hit, no run ball. His Hammerheads counterpart, Adam Conley, also turned in a decent outing, but the difference between the two was that Conley allowed a run- a Richard Lucas double that drove in Danny Muno, who himself got on base via the walk. Jupiter tied the game in the top of the 7th, when Jeffrey Walters gave up a double when a man was on second, but St. Lucie would not be denied the win. In the bottom of the 7th, Alonzo Harris drove in T.J. Rivera, who would be the decisive run. St. Lucie could have theoretically scored more runs in that 7th inning, but Muno struck out swinging with men on 2nd and 3rd. Adam Kolarek pitched the 8th and 9th, and while he wasn’t exactly dominating, he got the job done.
- LF Alonzo Harris: 1-4, RBI
- SS Danny Muno: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
- RF Cory Vaughn: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
- DH Darrell Ceciliani: 2-4, 1 K
- CF Cesar Puello: 0-3, 1 K
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-3, 1 K
- 1B Richard Lucas: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 1 K, SB (1)
- RHP Jacob DeGrom: 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K
- RHP Adam Kolarek: 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K, SV (1)
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (46-30)__________________________________
LOWELL 5, BROOKLYN 3 (Box)
The stakes, going into this game, were high: win or go home. At least, in theory, anyway. Before a single Cyclone took the field hoping to make *the* play to save the game and the teams playoff chances, before a single Cyclone took an official at-bat, hoping to slug that walk-off homerun, the Batavia Muckdogs lost 1-0 to the Jamestown Jammers, ending their playoff hopes (they lost the second game of the doubleheader, for good measure) and officially handing sole possession of the New York-Penn League Wild Card to the Brooklyn Cyclones. And, it’s a good thing too, because the Cyclones lost their final game of the 2012 season!
Part of that reason was because, with a spot in the playoffs guaranteed, the decision was made to rest some of the team’s normal starts. Scheduled pitcher Luis Matteo (4-5, 2.54 ERA, 10.4 K/9, 1.1 BB/9) was given the night off so that he could start game two of the playoffs. Brandon Nimmo, Phil Evans, and Kevin Plawecki all had the night off. In their place were starters who, generally, speaking, are not or haven’t been as good (including Gavin Cecchini, who seemed completely overmatched at the plate, though he did make two fine defensive plays). Starter Matthew Koch allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk, but he labored a lot more than his box score suggests. By the 5th inning, the Spinner were leading by three, and by the way the mostly punchless Cyclones were hitting, that felt like it could have been the ballgame. But, then a series of events happen that I cannot help but ascribe to divine providence- clearly, there was some residual greatness in the air from R.A. Dickey’s start, and it found its way to Coney Island. It all began when a little girl was brought out to the third base line from the stands to participate in one of those in-between innings Minor League things, that all Minor League teams do. The objective was simple- if she could throw a ball into a relatively small circle, she would win $500 dollars. Two seconds after I remarked to my brother that she wouldn’t be able to do it, this little waif who appeared no older than eight or nine, the impossible became reality. The bottom of the 5th rolled around, and an even younger (sounding) girl was selected to be the guest announcer for the rest of the inning. In her little-kid-too-close-to-the-microphone voice, she announced the Cyclones batters as they came to the plate (some with more difficulty- I’m looking at you, Stefan Sabol, Richie Rodriguez , and Eudy Pina) The suddenly sleeping offence awoke! Jayce Boyd doubled! Jorge Rivero doubled! Jeffrey Glenn walked! Richie Rodriguez walked! Eudy Pina doubled! By the time all was said and done, the Cyclones scored three runs and tied the game.
There is a less than positive addendum I should add to all of that, mainly the fact that, as mentioned, the Cyclones lost the ballgame. Lowell scored the go-ahead run in the 8th, and added an insurance run in the 9th. But, why ruin a good moment, eh? After a long, hard fought season, the Brooklyn Cyclones will be engaging in meaningful September playoff baseball.Game One of the series starts Friday, at 7:00 PM, as the Cyclones take on the mighty Hudson Valley Renegades, the division champions the Cyclones finished six games behind during the regular season.
- CF Maikis De La Cruz: 0-2, 1 K
- 3B Jeff Reynolds: 0-4, 1 K, E (5)
- SS Gavin Cecchini: 0-4, 1 K
- 1B Jayce Boyd: 2-4, 2B, 1 R, CS (3)
- DH Jorge Rivero: 1-4, 2B, 1 R, RBI, 1 K
- LF Stefan Sabol: 0-4, 1 K
- RF Eudy Pina: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Star of the Night
Let's all give it up for our Brooklyn Cyclones!
Goat of the Night
Today, everyone is a winner, even when they lose.