The Brooklyn Cyclones snapped a three-way tie for the Wild Card in the New York Penn League and grabbed a slim one game lead after a 4-1 win against the Lowell Spinners. With the victory, the Clones’ magic number is down to one with just two games left with Lowell to end their regular season.
Cyclones’ starter Luis Cessa tossed another gem to notch his fifth win of the season. The righthander went 8.2 innings and allowed just one earned run on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Closer Tyler Vanderheiden relieved Cessa and got the last out of the game to earn his twelfth save. Cessa, 20, finished up his second pro season with a 2.49 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 13 starts for Brooklyn.
Offensively, catcher Kevin Plawecki led the attack going 3-for-4 at the plate, scoring the game tying run in the fourth and driving home the tie breaking run in the fifth to put Brooklyn up for good. Juan Gamboa, Phillip Evans and Jayce Boyd each had two hits a piece as the Cyclones banged out a total eleven hits on the day.
The Bottom Line
So here’s the deal for Brooklyn… With two games left on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Cyclones need just one win to clinch the wild card or one loss by the Batavia Muckdogs. If that happens, the Clones will be on their way to the playoffs for the fourth straight season.