Mets Merized Online » Brooklyn Cyclones http://metsmerizedonline.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:00:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 2013 Organizational Review: Brooklyn Cyclones http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/2013-organizational-review-brooklyn-cyclones.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/2013-organizational-review-brooklyn-cyclones.html/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:05:08 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=147345 cecchini

Normally, the lower levels on the minor leagues serve the purpose of developing young players fresh out of the June MLB draft and to get them accustomed to life in professional baseball.

But for the Brooklyn Cyclones, making the playoffs has basically been a perennial feat.

However, the 2013 summer short season ended without a postseason berth for the Cyclones for just the fourth time in the team’s 13-year existence.

It is important to note though that the team has now finished at or above .500 (38-37) in all 13 of its seasons, making the Cyclones one of only four teams in affiliated baseball – the Arizona League Giants, the Elizabethton Twins and the New York Yankees – to never finish below .500 since 2001.

Right from the start of the summer, it seemed the Cyclones just couldn’t find their rhythm. Though it’s by no means an excuse, the weather certainly didn’t cooperate at MCU Park in Coney Island the first few weeks.

Almost every home game, the Cyclones were forced to wait out one or even two rain delays. And in games where there were no weather delays, Brooklyn wound up playing a number of extra-inning games, including a marathon 16-inning game.

Manager Rich Donnelly continuously said, “That’s baseball, there is no clock,” in response to questions about how to deal with the delays and extra-inning games. But he did say that the start of this season was the strangest given the circumstances in all his years in professional baseball.

Despite not getting off to a great start, the Cyclones began picking up their game and were in the playoff hunt right until the end of the season. That’s all you can ask of a young team finding their way.

Mets’ great Lee Mazzilli’s son, second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, led the Cyclones with a .278 batting average. He sat above .300 for most of the summer, but a hand injury late in the season caused him to cool off down the stretch. He also led the team in RBI with 34.

Mets’ 2012 first-round draft pick, shortstop Gavin Cecchini, had a solid all-around season. His bat was a bit cool to start the year, but once he returned from a high ankle sprain, he was red hot offensively. He rattled off a 16-game hitting streak and began spraying line drives all over the field. He finished the year hitting .273.

But for Cecchini, his strength is his defense, and he showed that this summer. He has a great arm and gets to a lot of balls with his range. His glove can carry him to the next level, but he’ll have to maintain a steady bat.

After an extremely cold start, right fielder James Roche rebounded to take some strides offensively. He led the team with five home runs and displayed good power to the gaps. But he must cut down on his strikeouts to be considered a legitimate prospect.

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While the Cyclones’ offense was streaky, the pitching really held its own this summer. Starting pitchers Miller Diaz (2.03), Rob Gsellman (2.06), Carlos Valdez (2.58) and John Gant (2.89) all recorded an ERA under 3.00. Diaz, Gsellman and Gant were each named to the All-Star team.

Diaz led the staff with seven wins and 87 strikeouts. He sometimes had trouble putting batters away, which led to some high pitch counts, but the talent is there.

Gsellman seemed to be the hard luck pitcher on the staff, as he barely received any run support. But he still pitched well enough to be able to make an impact at the next level next season.

Akeel Morris, who struggled in extended spring training, really impressed the Mets’ brass, so much so that Jeff Wilpon ventured to MCU Park to check him out. With a fastball sitting in the low-to-mid 90s, Morris could have a future as a big-league reliever.

It seems he still considers himself as a starter, but he thrived in a long-relief role this summer. He finished 4-1 with a 1.00 ERA.

Other relievers John Mincone and Johnny Magliozzi found success in the closer’s role. Mincone was named an All-Star after posting a 1.47 ERA and six saves, but a lower back injury ended his season early. Magliozzi stepped right in and saved nine games with a 1.17 ERA.

Though the Cyclones’ season did not continue deeper into September, the team still accomplished what it set out to do at the beginning of the season: provide an entertaining quality of baseball to an area of Brooklyn that was hit hard last fall during Hurricane Sandy.

The “Meaningful Mondays,” in which a portion of each ticket sold went to local charities aiding in Sandy recovery, were a nice touch to help the surrounding communities still in need from the superstorm.

For the 13th consecutive season, the Cyclones led the New York-Penn League in attendance.

It was a fun summer at Coney Island, and we’ll hopefully be seeing some of these faces at Citi Field in the near future – especially some of the talented young pitchers to go along with the already-talented crop of pitchers the Mets are developing.

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Brooklyn Cyclones Season Recap Q&A http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/brooklyn-cyclones-season-recap-qa.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/brooklyn-cyclones-season-recap-qa.html/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:02:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129941 brooklyn-cyclones copy

I hope you all enjoyed my coverage of the Brooklyn Cyclones this summer. I certainly did!

It was great to meet and interact with many of the team’s recent draft picks to see what’s in store for the future. And of course, Rich Donnelly is an awesome baseball mind, so it was great to hear his perspective each night.

Below is a Q&A between myself and the MMO staff discussing the Cyclones’ season. It may be a bit early to tell if some of this summer’s Cyclones will soon be playing at Citi Field, but a few certainly have some potential for down the road.

1. After following and covering the Brooklyn Cyclones for our sites this season, you got to see and talk to many of the players and the coaches as well. What I’d like to know is what were your overall thoughts on the relationship between the players and coaches. Was there anything in particular you could share with us about that particular dynamic and the role it plays in the player development process. 

With many of the Cyclones fresh out of college, having a coaching staff that is involved is vital to a young player’s success. That was exactly the scene in Brooklyn.

Manager Rich Donnelly, pitching coach Marc Valdes and hitting coach Bobby Malek are great with the young guys. Donnelly in particular has now been in this role for a few seasons, and while he’s focused on winning, he understands that his main responsibility is to prepare his players for the next level. Donnelly sometimes got to MCU Park at 10 a.m. for a 7 p.m. game, which shows his tireless dedication. He routinely talked to his players during batting practice to help with any adjustments or to just see how they were doing.

That’s the type of atmosphere that works in the low minor leagues, and Donnelly again did his part in fostering the environment for his players to be successful. Though the team missed the playoffs this season, a few of this summer’s Cyclones already seem like they can be primary contributors at St. Lucie or Savannah next season.

 

2. Which 2-3 players were you most impressed with this season and do you foresee them as future contributors at the big league level. Tell us a little bit about them and what stood out the most to you.

I was very impressed this summer with Robert Gsellman, John Mincone, L.J. Mazzilli and Gavin Cecchini. I liked how Gsellman could go deep into games, which is usually a rare feat among short-season Single-A pitchers. This was his third year with the Mets organization, so Brooklyn likely wasn’t his primary destination, but he pitched very well, which allowed him to get the call for starts in Savannah and St. Lucie later in the summer. He’s still only 20, so let’s keep an eye on him the next few seasons.

John Mincone could be a big-league contributor someday, but he really has to stay healthy. Both his summers in Brooklyn were cut short due to injury. But when he’s on the mound, the lefty has looked great, as evidenced by his back-to-back selections to the NYPL All-Star Game.

L.J. Mazzilli had all the hype from being Lee Mazzilli’s son, and L.J. did a fine job in his first professional season. He pretty much batted over .300 all summer, but a thumb injury late caused his average to slip to .278. He even showed a little bit of pop and played a nice defensive second base. It’s still a bit early with him as well, but an offensive-minded second baseman is always a plus.

As for Cecchini, he got off to a very cold start offensively and then suffered a high ankle sprain. But once he came back healthy, he was on fire with the bat. He actually hit into much tough luck, as often he’d rocket a ball right at a defender. Even so, to finish at .273 from where he started the season is very impressive.

But most impressive about Gavin is his calm demeanor and his glove. Defensively, he made a few big-league-type plays and showed he already has great arm strength. It’s that defense that can carry him to the next level and beyond. He will need to hit, and he must be sure to try to avoid long slumps. He’s only 19, so he definitely is in this team’s plans somewhere down the line.

 

3. On the flip side, were there any prospects that gave you some pause or concerns about their future as a major leaguer?

Seventh-round draft pick Matt Oberste had a bit of a rough go of it this summer. I have to say, he did come up with a few big hits, but his .208 batting average and 56 strikeouts may force him to remain another summer in Brooklyn. He went through a few long hitless streaks, which shows he did not quite master the baseball art of making adjustments.

 

4. Which pitchers had the best fastball, curveball and slider?

The best fastball on the team was split between Akeel Morris and Johnny Magliozzi. The ball just explodes out of Morris’ hand, and we’ll get to him in the next question, but Magliozzi, who is listed at a generous five-feet 10-inches, could really bring it from the closer’s role. He took over after Mincone went down with injury and wound up picking up nine saves.

Lefty reliever David Wynn had the best curveball on the staff. It sat in the high 70s-low 80s and had plenty of bite.

All-Star Miller Diaz relied on his slider for his out pitch this summer. He got plenty of strikeouts on the pitch but also plenty of foul balls. Donnelly said after one game that Diaz’s pitch counts were elevated since he had trouble putting guys away.

Finally, John Gant had the team’s best change-up. He really had his change working in a memorable performance this summer when he threw a one-hitter and faced the minimum. He’s a tall, lanky guy with a good fastball, so having that change-up is a great change of pace for him.

 

5. Which position players showcased the best power and the best speed?

Alex Sanchez and James Roche displayed some good power. Sanchez hit some monstrous home runs, which is very difficult at MCU Park. Roche meanwhile led the team with five home runs and went through a stretch where it seemed like all his hits were for extra bases.

As for speed, Patrick Biondi took care of that category. He led the Cyclones with 17 stolen bases while only being caught four times. He dealt with a wrist injury, but still, he’d come in late in games to pinch run even when he couldn’t hit.

 

6. What did you think of Akeel Morris’ season? Do you see success in the cards for him as a reliever or as a starter?

From how Rich Donnelly spoke early in the year about Morris, he must have really have had a rough go of it in extended spring training. Morris was apparently walking a ton of batters, which came back to bite him.

But all summer, Morris threw the ball extremely well. He settled into a piggy-back role with lefty Dario Alvarez, but in conversations with him, I could tell that he wanted to be a full-time starter.

But frankly, I see his value as more of a late-inning reliever or even a closer based on his ability to strikeout opposing hitters. His small frame also would suggest that he could be better suited as a reliever. Either way, he’s just another talented pitching prospect to keep an eye on in the Mets’ system.

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MMO Exclusive Interview With B-Mets Shortstop Danny Muno http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/mmo-exclusive-interview-with-b-mets-shortstop-danny-muno.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/mmo-exclusive-interview-with-b-mets-shortstop-danny-muno.html/#comments Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:00:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129117 The Binghamton Mets had a memorable 2013 season. They finished at 86-55 in the regular season, which was the best record in the organizations twenty-two year history.  The B-Mets won their division and entered the post season for the first time since 2004.  The results of their playoff run was not what they expected, but overall they had a great season and every person that’s a part of their organization should hold their heads up high and be very proud for all that they accomplished this year.

One of the players that stood out to me while following the B-Mets was second baseman, Daniel Muno.  Daniel and I actually connected through Twitter when he participated in the Disability Dream & Do Baseball Camp back on August 17th with his teammates.  Daniel was very excited to be involved in such a great event and was moved by it as well saying that it was “an amazing life changing experience” and that he will remember it for the rest of his life.

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The switch-hitting infielder has played well in his pro career with the Mets. He has continued to progress and proven to be a great commodity in an organization that is starting to show how ripe they are in talent. He played a pivotal role at second base and as the lead-off man for the B-Mets this past season; he set the table for the rest of their hitters. Muno led the Eastern League with 86 runs, was third with 92 walks, and sixth with a .384 OBP.

Muno, 24, started his pro career with the Brooklyn Cyclones back in 2011, and in 59 games he batted .355 with a .466 OBP and was promoted to St. Lucie in 2012 with the hopes hat he would continue with his development. But in May of 2012, he was suspended for testing positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs and was banned for 50 games.

He returned to the St. Lucie lineup and in 81 games he batted .280 with a .387 OBP. The quick-footed infielder also added speed to his game and swiped 19 bases. The Mets moved him up to Binghamton this past season where he became part of a great group of teammates that together made franchise history.

Looking back at his brief pro career, Muno has shown much promise even though he had a detour in his journey. What I have learned in my life is that everyone makes mistakes and what you do with those mistakes is what determines the type of person you become.  In my opinion, what he did was wrong and it just delayed his road to the big stage, but his resolve to come back, work harder and continue to perform and compete allows me to respect him more as a man than just a player.

Daniel was gracious enough to grant me access into his world. Enjoy…

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David – Daniel, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for me and our writers. I know the Mets fans will appreciate getting to know you through your responses, as much as they have appreciated the hard work you have put out on the field.

David - Is there anything about you that the Mets fans do not know that you would like to share with them? Your interests, anything outside of baseball?

Daniel – I love the beach and anything that has to do with it. I love to surf.

David –  Who was your favorite player growing up and did you try to model yourself after him in any way?

Daniel – Growing up I loved to watch Nomar Garciaparra because he played the game hard and was a great hitter.

David  -  In 2008 you were part of the first Fresno State Baseball team to win the College World Series, can you describe the feeling of playing in the biggest game in your school’s history and actually winning it?

Daniel –  2008 will go down as one of the best moments in my life. I was apart of a team that no one expected to win the College World Series. We were the lowest seeded team to ever win the College World Series. We were a true underdog story. It was an amazing experience playing in front of 30,000 fans in Rosenblatt Stadium.

David – You had many accomplishments in college, from leading the league in walks in 2008, to breaking the school’s record for career walks and becoming the first Bull Dog to hit for the cycle; what do you feel contributed to your patience at the plate in college and do you feel it has helped you in pro ball?

Daniel – The person that helped me develop my approach at the plate in college was our head coach Mike Batesole. He taught me how to be patient and how to see pitches for the rest of the team. Being a patient hitter has definitely helped me in pro ball.

David –  You were drafted by the Mets in the 8th round of the 2011 Draft out of school; where were you when you received the news? Can you describe what was going through your mind and who was the first person you called?

Daniel – I was with my dad and grandpa at my grandpa’s house and I was watching on the computer and saw my name come up and I was extremely excited and I called my mom first to tell her because she wasn’t there.

David – While in college was there any organization you hoped would draft you?  Did you expect the Mets to be that team? 

Daniel – In college I was just hoping one team drafted me and I had a feeling the Mets were going to draft me because I was in contact with the now scouting director Doug Thurman. Also, I have to give thanks to Doug Thurman for seeing what he saw in me.

David – You played your first season of pro ball with the Brooklyn Cyclones and played well. Did you see any difference with going from College Baseball to Pro Baseball, and if so what stood out?

Daniel – The main difference was that everyone was good and in college there were maybe 5 or 6 guys on a team that were good.

David – You have played second base, shortstop, and some third base in your pro ball career, and even though you have spent the most of the time at second base, which position do you feel most comfortable?

Daniel – I feel I can play all three very well and I feel comfortable at all three.

David – What teammate has impressed you the most this season, and who should Mets fans be most excited about seeing in the future?

Daniel – Noah Syndergaard is going to be the real deal and it was very fun to watch him throw every time he pitched and also is very great teammate and kid.

David – Is there a Met manager or coach who has made an impact in your approach to the game and helped elevate your performance?

Daniel – When I first got to Brooklyn I loved learning and playing for Rich Donnelly; he is a great coach and knows how to get the best out every kid he coaches. Hitting-wise, I learned a lot from our hitting coach Louie Natera in Binghamton this season.

David – Playing with the B-Mets this year, you were able to experience playoff baseball in pro ball, how does that compare to playoff baseball in College and which was most exciting for you?

Daniel – Well anytime your a part of playoff baseball it is exciting. I have been lucky enough to be apart of the playoffs every year in pro ball and college. The atmosphere is the same from college to pro ball except for my freshman year when I was in the World Series we had about 30,000 more fans.

David – What was the chemistry like in the B-Mets clubhouse while competing for a playoff spot?

Daniel – We had a great group of guys in Binghamton this year and chemistry between the team was great.

David – You have had success in your career in the minors; do you feel like you are on track with the goals you set for yourself? If so, what are you expecting for 2014?

Daniel – In 2014, I am just going to keep trying to do what I have been doing. Also just going to keep trying to help my team win whatever team I may be on.

A few questions from a couple of our Staff Writers…

Staff Writers -  Let’s look back to last season with St. Lucie; it’s well known that you tested positive for PED’s and were suspended for 50 games, how did you deal with it, what lessons did you learn, and has it changed you as a player? Does it motivate you to go out there and prove yourself?

Daniel – Last year was a learning experience for me and it was tough to go through but ultimately it has made me a better person in life and baseball.

Staff Writers – There were plenty of special moments in Binghamton this year…what was your favorite and why?

 Daniel – Setting the record for most wins and making it to playoffs. Just because I love to win.

Staff Writers -  Moving forward, what stands between you and the big leagues? What do you specifically need to work on as a player, and improve upon, in order to be ready to compete on the big stage?

Daniel – There is nothing that stands between me and the big leagues. I just have to keep getting better and Lord willing things will work out.

Staff Writers – How will you prepare over the winter, can you describe your workout regimen?

Daniel – I train very hard in the off-season and I am very detail oriented in my workouts and follow the Mets off season training program.

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I would like to thank Daniel Muno for allowing me the opportunity to interview him and giving our readers and Mets fans a better insight into who he is and what to look forward to as he continues his exciting career.  I wish Daniel much success and will continue to root for him to make his major league debut in the near future. Great things are happening in the Mets farm system and the future continues to look bright.

(Photo courtesy of Dave Clark Foundation)

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Brooklyn Cyclones Season Recap http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/brooklyn-cyclones-season-recap.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/brooklyn-cyclones-season-recap.html/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:45:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128653 Normally, the lower levels on the minor leagues serve the purpose of developing young players fresh out of the June MLB draft and to get them accustomed to life in professional baseball.

But for the Brooklyn Cyclones, making the playoffs has basically been a perennial feat.

However, the 2013 summer short season ended without a postseason berth for the Cyclones for just the fourth time in the team’s 13-year existence.

Cyclones get the win (Photo by Jim Mancari)It is important to note though that the team has now finished at or above .500 (38-37) in all 13 of its seasons, making the Cyclones one of only four teams in affiliated baseball – the Arizona League Giants, the Elizabethton Twins and the New York Yankees – to never finish below .500 since 2001.

Right from the start of the summer, it seemed the Cyclones just couldn’t find their rhythm. Though it’s by no means an excuse, the weather certainly didn’t cooperate at MCU Park in Coney Island the first few weeks.

Almost every home game, the Cyclones were forced to wait out one or even two rain delays. And in games where there were no weather delays, Brooklyn wound up playing a number of extra-inning games, including a marathon 16-inning game.

Manager Rich Donnelly continuously said, “That’s baseball, there is no clock,” in response to questions about how to deal with the delays and extra-inning games. But he did say that the start of this season was the strangest given the circumstances in all his years in professional baseball.

Despite not getting off to a great start, the Cyclones began picking up their game and were in the playoff hunt right until the end of the season. That’s all you can ask of a young team finding their way.

Mets’ great Lee Mazzilli’s son, second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, led the Cyclones with a .278 batting average. He sat above .300 for most of the summer, but a hand injury late in the season caused him to cool off down the stretch. He also led the team in RBI with 34.

Mets’ 2012 first-round draft pick, shortstop Gavin Cecchini, had a solid all-around season. His bat was a bit cool to start the year, but once he returned from a high ankle sprain, he was red hot offensively. He rattled off a 16-game hitting streak and began spraying line drives all over the field. He finished the year hitting .273.

But for Cecchini, his strength is his defense, and he showed that this summer. He has a great arm and gets to a lot of balls with his range. His glove can carry him to the next level, but he’ll have to maintain a steady bat.

After an extremely cold start, right fielder James Roche rebounded to take some strides offensively. He led the team with five home runs and displayed good power to the gaps. But he must cut down on his strikeouts to be considered a legitimate prospect.

While the Cyclones’ offense was streaky, the pitching really held its own this summer. Starting pitchers Miller Diaz (2.03), Rob Gsellman (2.06), Carlos Valdez (2.58) and John Gant (2.89) all recorded an ERA under 3.00. Diaz, Gsellman and Gant were each named to the All-Star team.John  Gant (Photo courtesy Brooklyn Cyclones)

Diaz led the staff with seven wins and 87 strikeouts. He sometimes had trouble putting batters away, which led to some high pitch counts, but the talent is there.

Gsellman seemed to be the hard luck pitcher on the staff, as he barely received any run support. But he still pitched well enough to be able to make an impact at the next level next season.

Akeel Morris, who struggled in extended spring training, really impressed the Mets’ brass, so much so that Jeff Wilpon ventured to MCU Park to check him out. With a fastball sitting in the low-to-mid 90s, Morris could have a future as a big-league reliever.

It seems he still considers himself as a starter, but he thrived in a long-relief role this summer. He finished 4-1 with a 1.00 ERA.

Other relievers John Mincone and Johnny Magliozzi found success in the closer’s role. Mincone was named an All-Star after posting a 1.47 ERA and six saves, but a lower back injury ended his season early. Magliozzi stepped right in and saved nine games with a 1.17 ERA.

Though the Cyclones’ season did not continue deeper into September, the team still accomplished what it set out to do at the beginning of the season: provide an entertaining quality of baseball to an area of Brooklyn that was hit hard last fall during Hurricane Sandy.

The “Meaningful Mondays,” in which a portion of each ticket sold went to local charities aiding in Sandy recovery, were a nice touch to help the surrounding communities still in need from the superstorm.

For the 13th consecutive season, the Cyclones led the New York-Penn League in attendance.

It was a fun summer at Coney Island, and we’ll hopefully be seeing some of these faces at Citi Field in the near future – especially some of the talented young pitchers to go along with the already-talented crop of pitchers the Mets are developing.

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Cyclones Comeback Falls Just Short http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/cyclones-comeback-falls-just-short.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/cyclones-comeback-falls-just-short.html/#comments Mon, 02 Sep 2013 00:52:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128402 From the Brooklyn Cyclones

 

Brooklyn, N.Y. – September 1, 2013 – What Sunday night’s game lacked in runs early, it made up for late as all nine runs scored came from the seventh inning on as Aberdeen held on for a 5-4 victory over the Cyclones at MCU Park.  Brooklyn rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but the come back fell just short.  Tonight marked the first time in 30 games that the Cyclones led after seven innings and did not win.

LHP Dario Alvarez, a minor league free agent who spent the last three seasons out of affiliated baseball, took the mound for Brooklyn opposite Baltimore’s first round selection in the 2013 Draft, Hunter Harvey, and matched him pitch for pitch. The southpaw tossed 5.2 innings shutout innings, scattering four hits and three walks, while striking out six. Alvarez worked his way out of trouble in the top of the first, but cruised along nicely until his final inning of work. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases for the IronBirds with two outs, forcing Alvarez to hand the ball over to the bullpen.Tyler Vanderheiden made quick work of Frederico Castagini, who grounded out weakly to first base to end the threat.

Hunter Harvey was just as impressive on the mound for Abereen, as the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 Draft allowed just one hit and a walk while striking out five over his 4.1 innings before being removed due to pitch count restrictions.

The scoreless tie extended into the seventh inning, when Jared King started the excitement with an acrobatic catch down the left field line, leaping into the visitor’s bullpen for the final out of the frame. The catch seemed to awaken the anxious crowd as well as the Brooklyn bats, because in the bottom of the frame Brooklyn would finally break the scoreless tie. Gavin Cecchini singled to start the frame and King worked a one-out walk to put a pair aboard for James Roche. Roche hit a grounder down to third base that Tanner Rust fielded and stepped on third to record the first out, but Roche hustled down the line to beat out the relay throw for what would have been an inning ending double play. Roche’s hustle would be rewarded, as Alex Sanchez took advantage of the scoring chance by lining a single up the middle that chased home Jared King to give Brooklyn a 1-0 edge.

The lead was short-lived however because in the Aberdeen’s next turn at bat, they would draw even. Jeff Kemp was hit by a pitch to start the frame, and was later thrown out attempting to steal for the second out of the inning. The caught stealing would prove to be significant, because just a few pitches later Conor Bierfeldt connected on his 12th home run of the season to knot the score at 1-1.

After Brooklyn appeared to have the makings of a rally in the bottom of the frame, after Colton Plaia walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch, Aberdeen hurler Janser Severino struck out to side to quell the uprising.

In the ninth, Brooklyn wouldn’t be as lucky, as the IronBirds scored three times to take control of the game. A single and a walk started the frame and Brooklyn reliever Paul Paez quickly found himself in a jam. Tanner Rust then laid down a sacrifice bunt that Paez fielded and threw to third in hopes of retiring the lead runner, but Frederico Castagnini slid in safely to load the bases. After George Barber was retired on an infield fly, Mike Yastrzemski connected on the decisive blow. The grandson of the former Red Sox great, Carl Yastrzemski ripped a bases-clearing double off the left field wall, scoring three and giving Aberdeen the 4-1 advantage. Yastrzemski would come around to score later in the frame thanks to a throwing error from Colton Plaia, to make the final score 5-1.

That tack on run would prove important because the Cyclones clawed their way back in the bottom of the frame.  L.J. Mazzilli and Jared King connected on back-to-back singles to start the frame, and James Roche reached on a throwing error which allowed Mazzilli to score and put a pair of runners in scoring position with nobody out.  Alex Sanchez followed with his second RBI of the game, by way of a run scoring ground out, and Tomas Nido singled to plate King and make it 5-4.  But Brooklyn wouldn’t get any closer as Colton Plaia popped out to second base and Anthony Chavez lined out to right to end the game.

The Cyclones will head to Tri-City for a three-game set to end the regular season with faint hopes of making the playoffs. The Cyclones must win at least two games, and hope that the Lowell Spinners sweep the IronBirds.

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Not Much Offense, But Cyclones Win Again http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/not-much-offense-but-cyclones-win-again.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/not-much-offense-but-cyclones-win-again.html/#comments Fri, 30 Aug 2013 02:36:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128228 The Brooklyn Cyclones have only scored three runs in the past two games.

Yet it’s resulted in two wins.

The Cyclones earned a 2-1 win Thursday night over the Staten Island Yankees to remain a half-game in first place ahead of the Aberdeen Ironbirds, who also won Thursday.

(Photo by Jim Mancari)

(Photo by Jim Mancari)

In front of a packed house at MCU Park in Coney Island celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of Ebbets Field – the former Mecca of Brooklyn baseball – Miller Diaz, who started the New York-Penn League All-Star Game earlier this summer, tossed six shutout innings to picked up his sixth win of the season, which ties him with John Gant for the team lead.

After not even hitting the ball out of the infield in Wednesday’s night win, the Cyclones did not exactly excel offensively in this one either. But a first-inning RBI double by second baseman Ismael Tijerina over the third-base bag put Brooklyn ahead 1-0.

Tijerina was filling in for All-Star and Cyclones’ leading hitter L.J. Mazzilli, who was given the night off to rest his injured hand that he’s been dealing with for a while.

“It was good for me to get the chance and enjoy the game,” Tijerina said. “It was awesome for me.”

Diaz had a bit of trouble keeping his pitch count down, but he still managed to strike out nine batters in his six innings while giving up just one hit and no runs. Cyclones’ starters have only allowed five runs in 42.1 innings over the last six games.

“Miller pitched another good game,” manager Rich Donnelly said. “He wasted a lot of pitches. He’s throwing six or seven extra pitches to each guy. As he progresses, when he gets a guy 1-2, put the guy away. But where he came from in spring training, I’m very happy with his performance.”

Brooklyn added an insurance run in the bottom of the third on an RBI fielder’s choice by first baseman Alex Sanchez, plating Tijerina who led off the frame with a single.

The Cyclones’ bullpen of Cameron Griffin, Juan Urbina and Johnny Magliozzi combined to close out the game, with Magliozzi picking up his eighth save. An unearned run was charged to Griffin in the top of the eighth on a play Tijerina almost made up the middle.

Tijerina redeemed himself in the top of ninth by starting a game-ending double play. It was the second straight game in which the Cyclones ended the game by turning two.

“He (Tijerina) came back,” Donnelly said. “He got a couple of hits and made a nice play on the double play to end the game. That’s what baseball’s about. You have to have instant amnesia. Whatever you do, you have to be ready to go again.”

The Cyclones head to Staten Island Friday night to close out the two-game series with the Yankees. But the all-important two-game homestand against the Ironbirds is looming for Saturday and Sunday.

“We just have to do what we can control like winning,” Tijerina said. “We don’t have to care about the other team. We just need to keep going like we are playing, and we’ll be OK.”

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Cyclones Lose Heart Breaker In 16 Innings http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/cyclones-lose-heart-breaker-in-16-innings.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/cyclones-lose-heart-breaker-in-16-innings.html/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:29:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128089 No one said moving into first place would be easy for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

But with the Abderdeen Ironbirds losing Tuesday night, the Cyclones could have moved a half game into first place had they won.

It took 16 innings – the longest game of the season for Brooklyn – but the Cyclones fell 5-3 Tuesday to the Tri-City Valleycats at MCU Park. The team remains a half-game out of first place in the McNamara Division.

brooklyn-cyclonesThe Cyclones struck out a whopping 21 times in this game and left 16 runners on base. The pitching effort was strong, but the team could not muster a big hit late, despite numerous chances.

“That’s the way it goes,” manager Rich Donnelly said. “We had plenty of chances to get guys over. We didn’t bunt guys over; we didn’t hit guys over.”

The loss ends Brooklyn’s four-game winning streak. The team has eight games remaining on the year to try to overtake the Ironbirds for a playoff berth.

Brooklyn opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI double by shortstop Gavin Cecchini. He later scored on a wild pitch to give the Cyclones a 2-0 lead.

Right-hander Dawrin Frias started for Brooklyn and cruised through the first three innings. However, he was tagged for three runs in the top of fourth inning on a leadoff home run by Valleycats’ third baseman Tyler White, an RBI double by right fielder Ronnie Mitchell and a sacrifice fly by shortstop Chan Moon.

Frias went six innings and allowed just those three runs while striking out a season-high 11 batters.

Tri-City clung on to its lead until the bottom of the eighth when Cyclones’ All-Star second baseman L.J. Mazzilli stepped to the plate, having already struck out three times looking.

Mazzilli skied a deep fly ball down the left field line that just stayed fair for a game-tying home run – his fourth of the season and third long ball in his last four games. The Cyclones then loaded the bases but could not push across the go-ahead run.

Brooklyn relievers Paul Paez, Johnny Magliozzi, Tyler Vandenheiden and Christian Chivilli threw nine scoreless innings in relief of Frias. But again the Cyclones had their chances but could not score.

Chivilli remained on for the top of the 16th inning and put the first two Valleycats on via a walk and hit-by-pitch. After a sacrifice bunt, pinch hitter Adam Nelubowich lifted a fly to left field just deep enough to plate the go-ahead run. Left fielder Jon Kemmer then lined an RBI single up the middle for insurance.

Fittingly based on how the night went for Brooklyn, Tri-City’s Gonzalo Sanudo struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to end the marathon game. Right fielder James Roche walked away with a golden sombrero – four strikeouts – while Mazzilli would soon like to forget his platinum sombrero – five strikeouts – in this one.

This was the Cyclones’ 10th extra-inning game of the season, and the team is now 4-6 in those games. Brooklyn is right back in action Wednesday night as it tries to win the rubber game against Tri-City. All-Star righty John Gant looks for his sixth win of the season as he takes the mound for the Cyclones.

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John Gant Faces The Minimum, Cyclones Move Into 1st Place http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/john-gant-faces-the-minimum-cyclones-move-into-1st-place.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/john-gant-faces-the-minimum-cyclones-move-into-1st-place.html/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 04:58:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128157 Wednesday night at MCU Park in Coney Island was “Bark in the Park” day in which fans could bring their canines to the stadium.

But on that night, Brooklyn Cyclones’ righty John Gant was the “top dog.”

Gant tossed a complete-game shutout in which he faced the minimum amount of batters in the Cyclones’ 1-0 win over the Tri-City Valleycats to earn the series win. He allowed only one hit while walking one and striking out five.

John  Gant (Photo courtesy Brooklyn Cyclones)

With the win and an Aberdeen Ironbirds’ 7-3 loss to the Lowell Spinners, the Cyclones are now in first place by a half-game in the McNamara Division of the New York-Penn League. It’s the first time the team has been in first place all summer.

Gant disposed of the Valleycats with 99 pitches in just one-hour and 54 minutes. That’s a huge difference from Tuesday night’s four-hour and 44 minute, 16-inning marathon – which the Cyclones lost 5-3.

“After a game like that last night (Tuesday), everybody’s drained; everybody’s tired,” manager Rich Donnelly said. “But you keep playing to the end, and you see what happens.”

The win is the sixth of the season for Gant, who was named an All-Star earlier this summer. He certainly looked like an All-Star Tuesday.

“Fastballs and change-ups were working,” Gant said of his dominant performance. “With the change, I was very comfortable.”

He retired the first 17 batters to face him before allowing a two-out single to right center in the top of the sixth inning to Valleycats’ shortstop Chan Moon. Moon was caught stealing by Cyclones’ catcher Eddie Rohan to keep the minimum for Gant intact.

This game marked the third time this season Gant has taken a no-hit or perfect-game bid into the sixth inning. He threw 5.2 innings of no-hit ball earlier this season against the Lowell Spinners and then 5.1 no-hit innings against the State College Spikes.

“There’s bad luck in the sixth inning,” Gant joked.

The Cyclones struck for their only run in bottom of the sixth. Third baseman Anthony Chavez led off the inning with an infield single. Left fielder Eris Peguero dropped down a sacrifice bunt, but none of the Valleycats went for the ball and Peguero was safe at first.

Shortstop Gavin Cecchini then grounded a fielder’s choice to second base and was safe at first after Tri-City first baseman Conrad Gregor bobbled the ball, allowing Chavez to score the game’s only run.

Gant walked Valleycats’ right fielder Ronnie Mitchell to lead off the ninth inning. Not only was facing the minimum in jeopardy, but the tying run was also now on base.

After Cyclones’ pitching coach Marc Valdes visited the mound, Gant induced a fly out to center and then a game-ending, minimum-saving double play started by Chavez, who had a stellar gam defensively.

“Chavez played a great game,” Donnelly said. “He had a barehanded play. He had a play when he went almost to second base to get the ball, and then he had the last play.”

“The defense made some great plays, and Eddie (Rohan) caught a really good game,” Gant said. “I don’t think I shook him off at all.”

Gant’s effort was the first complete game of the summer for the Cyclones and the first for Brooklyn since Sept. 7, 2012 when Hansel Robles – now with the St. Lucie Mets – threw a complete-game shutout in the playoffs against the Hudson Valley Renegades.

The Cyclones now have seven games left this season, and two more wins would ensure a winning season. Brooklyn has finished over .500 every season since its inception in 2001.

Thursday night at the ballpark will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ebbets Field – the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, though it is now an apartment complex in Crown Heights. Fans will receive special jerseys as they watch All-Star Miller Diaz take the hill for the Cyclones against the Staten Island Yankees at 7 p.m.

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Offensive Barrage Lifts Cyclones Over Valleycats http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/offensive-barrage-lifts-cyclones-over-valleycats.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/offensive-barrage-lifts-cyclones-over-valleycats.html/#comments Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:49:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127950 Brooklyn Cyclones’ manager Rich Donnelly has said on many occasions this summer that runs in the New York-Penn League are as precious as gold.

But based on the past few games, his team has been filthy rich.

The Cyclones pounded out 15 hits in an 8-1 victory Monday night at MCU Park over the Tri-City Valleycats, the Single-A short season affiliate of the Houston Astros.

brooklyn-cyclones copy“It’s baseball,” said Donnelly, slightly perplexed about where his team’s recent offensive surge has come from. “I’m trying to figure it out. It’s one day to the next. All of a sudden, they’ve start hitting. I just watch.”

Brooklyn has now won four straight games and has scored 32 runs during that stretch.

It was Daniel Murphy bobblehead night in Coney Island, and while he went 0-for-4 for the big club, the Cyclones broke the game open early – picking up right where they left off Sunday when they scored a season-high 12 runs in a win over the Vermont Lake Monsters.

An RBI double by left fielder Jared King in the bottom of the first inning opened the scoring, and designated hitter Alex Sanchez followed with a sacrifice fly.

The Cyclones batted around in the bottom of the second, plating five runs. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini and second baseman L.J. Mazzilli each laced RBI singles, and right fielder James Roche had the big blow in the inning with a two-run triple to straight away center field.

Roche has now hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games. He’s batting 18-for-47 (.383) over that stretch and has raised his batting average from .221 to .259.

“Things are starting to come together towards the end of the year,” Roche said. “I’m just trying to put together quality at-bats every single at-bat.”

Left-handed Dario Alvarez improved to 2-4 on the season after pitching five innings of four-hit ball with five strikeouts to pick up the win. The only run he allowed was on a wild pitch in the top of the fifth inning.

Every Cyclones’ starter except catcher Colton Plaia recorded at least one base hit. Center fielder and leadoff man Jonathan Clark reached base three times and scored two runs.

Clark was hitless in his first 14 Cyclones’ at-bats and then went on an eight-game hitting streak, batting 11-for-33 during that stretch. He went cold again with an 0-for-24 stretch, but now he’s seven for his last 20 with eight runs scored in his last five games.

“If I just learn how to relax and do what I’m supposed to do, which is get on base, then it makes the game a lot easier,” Clark said. “The more I get on base, the more runs we get.”

Brooklyn remains in second place in the McNamara Division just a half game behind the first-place Aberdeen Ironbirds, who earned an extra-inning 8-3 win Monday night.

The season has only two weeks left, and the Cyclones seem to be clicking at just the right time.

“We really have high hopes for the end of the season,” Roche said. “We’re just taking it game-by-game, pitch-by-pitch.”

“We’re hungry,” Clark said. “We want to make the playoffs, and we want to make the championship, and we want to win it. We’re here to win.”

The Cyclones are back in action Tuesday night against the Valleycats and will send righty Dawrin Frias to the mound. Game time is 7 p.m.

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Johnny Magliozzi The Stopper In Cyclones’ 6-4 Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/johnny-magliozzi-the-stopper-in-cyclones-6-4-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/johnny-magliozzi-the-stopper-in-cyclones-6-4-win.html/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 03:56:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127328 Brooklyn Cyclones’ righty reliever Johnny Magliozzi had no thrown more than a single inning at any time this summer.

But with the game on the line in the top of the eighth, Cyclones’ manager Rich Donnelly called on the reliever to get the final six outs.

Magliozzi came through in dominant fashion as Brooklyn held on for a 6-4 win Friday evening at MCU Park over the Vermont Lake Monsters, the Single-A short season affiliate of the Oakland A’s.

“I really like coming in with runners on and no outs; I like jams and situations like that,” Magliozzi said. “It’s really fun and gets the adrenaline going.”

Cyclones get the win (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Cyclones get the win (Photo by Jim Mancari)

The Cyclones actually got out hit in this game, 8-6, but were able to take advantage of three Lake Monsters’ errors to earn the victory.

“In this league, runs are at a premium,” Donnelly said. “The league batting average is .241, and the pitchers are good, so you can’t give away runs.”

Brooklyn moves back to a game over .500 and remains two games out of first place in the McNamara Division of the New York-Penn League behind the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

The Lake Monsters jumped right out to an early lead in the top of the first, as an L.J. Mazzilli error allowed an unearned run to score off Cyclones’ starter John Gant.

Brooklyn tied it up in the bottom of the second inning, when right fielder James Roche launched a home run to left field. It was his second home run in as many nights and his fourth on the season. Friday was a scheduled Fireworks Night in Coney Island, but Roche provided his own fireworks early on.

“I’ve been feeling pretty good at the plate,” Roche said. “I’ve been working hard with Bobby (Malek) out hitting coach. It just clicked there, and I just have to keep working hard and keep at it.”

In the bottom of the third, the Cyclones tacked on three runs. Mazzilli walked with the bases loaded to plate a run followed by a sacrifice fly by left fielder Jared King, playing in his first game since Aug. 6 after suffering an oblique injury. Roche then drove in his second run of the night with an RBI single to left.

Gant gave up a run in the fifth and two in the sixth, but his team gave him enough support for him to earn his fourth straight win. He lasted six innings, giving up eight hits, four runs, three earned while striking out six to add to his New York-Penn League-leading total of 67.

Cyclones’ righty reliever Christian Chivilli turned in a scoreless seventh inning, but he walked the first two men in the top of the eighth, forcing Donnelly to go Magliozzi.

“Mags” struck out the first two batters and then induced a comebacker to get out of the jam. He tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his fifth save of the season.

“Johnny Mags was phenomenal tonight,” Donnelly said. “Val (pitching coach Marc Valdes) said he has to learn how to go two innings, so that’s why we brought him in. He was real good.”

“Our bullpen has been strong all year,” Magliozzi said. “We just have to keep it going and throw strikes.”

Brooklyn leadoff man Patrick Biondi had a strong overall performance going 1-for-2 with two walks, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini laced a fifth-inning single to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

“We’re going to try to work off this win and keep it going for this next home stretch,” Roche said.

All-Star Miller Diaz heads to the mound Saturday evening in Game 2 of this three-game set with Vermont. Game time is 6 p.m.

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Eighth Inning Rally Sparks Cyclones’ Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/eighth-inning-rally-sparks-cyclones-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/eighth-inning-rally-sparks-cyclones-win.html/#comments Thu, 15 Aug 2013 04:29:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127174 It was hockey jersey night at MCU Park in Coney Island Wednesday evening, and the Brooklyn Cyclones waited until well into the third period – also known as the bottom of the eighth inning – to wake up from a game-long drought and earn a 3-1 victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades.

The win moves the Cyclones to 27-26 and just one game behind the McNamara Division-leading Aberdeen Ironbirds, who defeated the Staten Island Yankees Wednesday.

With Jeff Wilpon in the house, the Cyclones got off to an extremely slow start offensively. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini beat out an infield single in the first inning, but the Cyclones did not have another hit until the bottom of the eighth.

Gavin Cecchini (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Gavin Cecchini (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Brooklyn pounded out a season-high 16 hits in Sunday’s win over the State College Spikes in the last game before the All-Star break, but the team managed just four hits in this one.

Cecchini’s single extended his hitting streak to 12 games – the longest hitting streak in the New York-Penn League. The Cyclones’ all-time record for a hitting streak is 17 games by Lucas Duda in 2007.

“I’m not really worried about the hit streak,” Cecchini said. “I’m just taking good swings, getting my pitch and helping the team win. That’s all the matters.”

Lefty Dario Alvarez took the hill for the Cyclones and was very effective over his six innings of work trying to avoid a third straight loss. However, the one unearned run he allowed in the top of the fourth inning looked liked it would hold up until the Cyclones rallied late.

In that inning, Renegades’ All-Star catcher Oscar Hernandez skied a pop-up right out in front of home plate. Several Cyclones converged, but a lack of communication forced third baseman Juan Gamboa into a dive.

The ball skimmed off Gamboa’s glove and trickled up the first-base line, allowing Hernandez to advance to second. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Renegades’ left fielder Granden Goetzman.

The Cyclones couldn’t muster any sort of offensive attack until the bottom of the eighth, when center fielder Patrick Biondi led off the frame with a bloop single to left. Second baseman Ismael Tijerina laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, but Renegades’ first baseman Ben Kline could not handle the throw and everybody was safe.

In an obvious bunt situation with Cecchini at the plate, Renegades’ pitcher Rick Teasley errantly threw a pick-off throw to first base, allowing both runners to advance. With two strikes on him, Cecchini lined a change-up to center field for the game-tying sacrifice fly.

“Whenever you have two strikes and runners in scoring position, you at least want to put the ball in play, and that’s what we did tonight,” Cecchini said. “We made them play, and we came out with a win.”

“That was a heck of an at-bat…two strikes…if he (Cecchini) strikes out there, we’re in trouble,” Cyclones’ manager Rich Donnelly said. “He hit the ball solid and drove in the tying run. That was a great at-bat by a young kid.”

After an intentional walk to first baseman Alex Sanchez and a single by right fielder James Roche loaded the bases, a Teasley wild pitch gave Brooklyn the lead. Designated hitter Matt Oberste plated the third run with an RBI single that caromed off the third base bag.

Righty Akeel Morris picked up the win for the Cyclones in relief. He’s now 3-0 on the year and has shown signs of dominance. He allowed no hits and only one walk in three scoreless innings, and he’s thrived all season in a long relief role.

“As long as I’m pitching good, that’s all I want to do,” Morris said. “One of the biggest things I’ve tried to do this year is to be more aggressive.”

“He’s (Morris) been pretty darn good all year,” Donnelly said. “He has two plus strikeout pitches. He has a 93-94 fastball, and he has a really good change-up. Sometimes that light bulb goes on and off they go. He has a chance to go…93-94 out here, in the big leagues that will work too. Ask Matt Harvey.”

The Cyclones now have 22 games left this season, and it’s gearing up to be a tight race to finish. The team’s hitting has been inconsistent all summer, but if Brooklyn can continue its string of solid pitching performances, the team will be in the mix the entire way down the stretch.

The Cyclones are back in action Thursday night, with Dawrin Frias getting the start in Hudson Valley at 7:05 p.m.

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AL Defeats NL In NY-Penn League All-Star Game http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/al-defeats-nl-in-ny-penn-league-all-star-game.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/al-defeats-nl-in-ny-penn-league-all-star-game.html/#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2013 04:14:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127119 The AL affiliates of the New York-Penn League defeated the NL affiliates (including the Brooklyn Cyclones) 4-3 in the 2013 All-Star Game played in Norwich, Conn.

The NL took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but it was Cyclones’ closer John Mincone that wound up with the blown save and the loss. He gave up a leadoff homer in the inning that tied the game and then allowed an unearned run to score to take the loss.

Mincone has been lights out for the Cyclones all summer, so if he was to have a bad performance, it’s great that it came in a meaningless game.

Cyclones’ starter Miller Diaz started the game and a surrendered a run in one inning. Righty Rob Gsellman threw the fifth inning for the NL squad and recorded two strikeouts in a scoreless frame. John Gant did not pitch in the game.

Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli came in off the bench and finished the game 0-for-1 after reaching on a fielder’s choice. He did score the go-ahead run at the time.

The Cyclones (26-26) currently sit in second place in the McNamara Division, only one game behind the division-leading Aberdeen Ironbirds.

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Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese Statue Vandalized At MCU Park http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/jackie-robinson-pee-wee-reese-statue-vandalized-at-mcu-park.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/jackie-robinson-pee-wee-reese-statue-vandalized-at-mcu-park.html/#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:17:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=126693 jackie robinson statue

The bronze statue outside of MCU Park, of legendary Brooklyn baseball icons Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese has been vandalized.

The home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, where this historic statue stood, was vandalized with swastikas and other racial slurs on Tuesday night, according to 1010 WINS AM radio.

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The disturbing discovery was made by team officials when they arrived to work on Wednesday morning.

“Immediately we went into action to try to clean it and remove the graffiti,” Billy Harner, director of communications for the Cyclones, told 1010 WINS.

Crew members worked to remove all traces of vandalism before the Cyclone’s 11 a.m. game against the Connecticut Tigers.

The NYPD is investigating the incident at the Coney Island ballpark as a hate crime.

So awful to think that things like this can still go on in this day and age.

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Cyclones Flat In 4-1 Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/cyclones-flat-in-4-1-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/cyclones-flat-in-4-1-loss.html/#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 02:35:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=126627 Every official baseball game features a top of the third inning.

The Brooklyn Cyclones (23-24) likely wish that were not the case after a 4-1 loss to the Connecticut Tigers – the Single-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers – Tuesday night.

The Tigers scored all four of their runs – three of which were unearned – in the top of the third. Lefty starter Dario Alvarez hit the leadoff man and walked the second batter, which proved to be a recipe for disaster. The loss drops him to 1-4 on the year after he lasted four innings while giving up all four runs.

The Cyclones were coming off a six-game road trip in which the team finished 3-3. But they came out extremely flat to start the game.

“Everything was slow,” said Cyclones’ manager Rich Donnelly. “We played bad in the field and gave them three unearned runs. The game is supposed to flow at a good pace. It didn’t flow at a good pace from the first pitch on.”

Alvarez allowed the leadoff man to reach in each of the first two innings but was able to strand a runner in scoring position each time. However, it was the third inning that did him in.

Tigers’ second baseman Dominic Ficociello delivered a two-RBI single, and then Connecticut scored a run on a throwing error by Cyclones’ catcher Colton Plaia on a double steal. Tigers’ designated hitter Kasey Coffman capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.

Brooklyn’s offense had managed to score at least five runs in each of the last five games, but the Cyclones only scratched out one run Tuesday on a fourth-inning RBI single by third baseman Juan Gamboa.

Recently-named All-Star second baseman L.J. Mazzilli doubled to left with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, but from the point on, Brooklyn had only one baserunner – a one-out walk to right fielder James Roche in the bottom of the ninth.

One bright spot of the game for the Cyclones was the five scoreless innings of relief from righty Dawrin Frias. Even more impressive was that nine of the 15 outs Frias recorded came via the strikeout.

“Dawrin did great,” Donnelly said. “He helped us out a lot, and he deserved to go out there. Five innings, nine punch outs, two hits, no walks…that was really good to see from him.”

The Cyclones will be right back in action Wednesday against the Tigers for a rare 11 a.m. start for the August camp day. All-Star righty Rob Gsellman aims for his third win of the season for Brooklyn.

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L.J. Mazzilli and John Mincone Among Five Cyclones Named NYPL All-Stars http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/l-j-mazzilli-and-john-mincone-among-five-cyclones-named-nypl-all-stars.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/l-j-mazzilli-and-john-mincone-among-five-cyclones-named-nypl-all-stars.html/#comments Sun, 04 Aug 2013 22:16:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=126456 l.j. mazzilli

The Brooklyn Cyclones will have plenty of representation at the 2013 New York-Penn League All-Star Game to be played Aug. 13 in Norwich, Conn.

Starting pitchers John Gant, Miller Diaz and Robert Gsellman, closer John Mincone and second baseman L.J. Mazzilli will all represent the National League Affiliates in the game. Diaz will be the starter for the NL.

With just over a week to go to the game, here are the statistics for the Cyclones’ All-Stars.

John Gant: 3-2, 2.47 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 42.3 innings, 54 K, .199 batting average against

Miller Diaz: 4-1, 2.34 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 42.1 innings, 55 K, .184 batting average against

Robert Gsellman: 2-2, 2.09 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 47.1 innings, 37 K, .225 batting average against

John Mincone: 2-1, 1.76 ERA, 0.52 WHIP, 5 SV, 15.1 innings, 13 K, .143 batting average against

L.J. Mazzilli: .298 batting average, 11 runs, 53 hits, 9 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 18 RBI, .376 SLG, .348 OBP

In addition to the five players, Cyclones’ manager Rich Donnelly, pitching coach Marc Valdes (a former Met), hitting coach Bobby Malek and athletic trainer Eric Velazquez will serve as the coaching staff for the National League Affiliates.

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Racquetball a Joy for Cyclones’ Skipper http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/racquetball-a-joy-for-cyclones-skipper.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/racquetball-a-joy-for-cyclones-skipper.html/#comments Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:23:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=126281 A version of this story originally appeared in The Tablet Newspaper.

Brooklyn Cyclones’ manager Rich Donnelly is known for being a passionate man.

He’s coached professional baseball at various levels for nearly 40 years, including winning the 1997 World Series as a coach with the Florida Marlins.

But Donnelly has another passion – that actually rivals his love of baseball. The 67-year-old coach is a world-class racquetball player for his age category.

Now in his third season as the Cyclones’ manager, the Gravesend, Brooklyn, resident played baseball and basketball at Xavier University, Cincinnati, but in his spare time, he took up handball. The left-handed hitting catcher signed with the Minnesota Twins in 1967, but he kept playing handball throughout his stops in the minor leagues.

Brooklyn Cyclones’ manager Rich Donnelly has as much passion for raquetball as he does baseball, the sport which he has coached professionally for nearly 40 years. (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Brooklyn Cyclones’ manager Rich Donnelly has as much passion for raquetball as he does baseball, the sport which he has coached professionally for nearly 40 years. (Photo by Jim Mancari)

By age 24, the Steubenville, Ohio, native was already a manager. While managing the Tacoma Rainiers, he was given a wooden racquet, and handball began evolving into racquetball.

“I just got into it (racquetball),” Donnelly said. “I fell in love with it. It was a perfect game for me. The Lord blessed me with a couple of good things: great hands and great reflexes. It just seemed like it fit.”

Donnelly continued to play whenever he could, but with his hectic coaching schedule, it was always tough for him to find a consistent rhythm. But that changed in 1999, while he was a coach for the Colorado Rockies.

He played at the Lakewood Athletic Club in Denver, which was hosting a pro-am tournament. The director, Marianne Alonzi, asked Donnelly to bring a few Rockies’ players, so he brought slugging first baseman Todd Helton and speedy outfielder Juan Pierre.

Donnelly thought he was just going to the tournament to have some fun, but Alonzi wound up entering him in his age bracket. He said he was not in prime racquetball shape at the time, and he lost to his opponent.

“I went home that night and made a vow,” Donnelly said. “First off, I got that guy’s phone number. And I said, when I’m ready, I’m going to call him. So I did.”

Donnelly won five sets in a row the next time the two played, and from there, he knew he could play with anyone. He even began training with professional racquetball players, including Staten Island native Sudsy Monchik – a five-time world champion and 17-time national champion who is revered as the greatest player in the history of the sport.

Donnelly and Monchik have become good friends who try to play whenever possible. Monchik said that Donnelly could have easily been a national champion had the latter taken up racquetball instead of baseball.

“He’s (Donnelly) a competitor,” Monchik said. “Racquetball being an individual sport, he needs to have that competitive nature. It’s unlike baseball where there are eight other guys on the field with you. Rich has that one-on-one, ‘I’ll be fully accountable’ mentality, and obviously he takes that into coaching with him.”

Donnelly seems like a kind-hearted man in person, but he transforms whenever he steps inside the racquetball court.

“Don’t let him (Donnelly) fool you; he always wants to rip your heart out when you play him,” Monchik said. “Coach is vicious. I always say don’t mistake kindness for weakness.”

Through Monchik, Donnelly has established friendships all over the country with world-class racquetball players. When he coached in the big leagues, he would bring his racquet on road trips and simply make a phone call, and he’d be able to find an opponent in any city at any time.

Many of Donnelly’s opponents are often puzzled by his unorthodox style. The No. 2 ranked female player in the world, Rhonda Rajsich, has even called Donnelly “The Freak.”

Donnelly’s style of play involves cutting every ball off – a method he learned from former 18-year MLB veteran Al Oliver. The hand-eye coordination and reflexes he developed for years in baseball as a catcher allow him to reach the ball before it hits the back wall.

“I cut ceiling balls off, and nobody cuts ceiling balls off,” Donnelly said. “I play a strange game, and it messes some people up.”

His competitive nature has allowed him to play through the pain, including not having any cartilage in his right knee. After a grueling tournament 25 years ago, the coach was forced to undergo knee surgery the very next day.

“The doctor told me 25 years ago, ‘Don’t do anything stupid like play racquetball,’” Donnelly said. “I said ‘OK good.’ But I’ve been playing for 25 years, and it doesn’t bother me. I’ve been blessed that way.”

While managing the Cyclones, Donnelly has little time for racquetball. He arrives at MCU Park at 9 a.m. and sometimes does not leave until 1:30 a.m. But part of his preparation for his day in the morning involves studying racquetball videos and tracking the progress of all his playing buddies.

From October to December, Donnelly is at the top of his game. He plays three days a week each offseason, which allows his competitive juices to flow freely. His competitive edge has been ingrained in him through his baseball career, and it developed as a youngster.

As a kid, he would pout in the back seat of his parents’ car on the way home from Pittsburgh Pirates’ games if the team lost. He would then lock himself in his bedroom as he muttered phrases like, “Why aren’t you trying Roberto Clemente?”

But while racquetball is an individual sport, Donnelly said it’s tough to beat the feeling of winning in a team sport.

“It’s more exciting when it’s a team,” he said. “It’s a lot of guys; it’s more satisfying. As in racquetball, it’s more competitive. It’s just you. If you beat somebody, it’s a great accomplishment, but there’s nothing better, I think, than team sports.”

The sport of racquetball has also played a role in saving Donnelly’s life. Three years ago, it was discovered that he had a softball-sized cancerous tumor in his colon. He actually played racquetball the day before visiting the doctor and experienced no discomfort whatsoever.

The doctors could not believe that he had no symptoms from such a large tumor. They all agreed that he was saved because he was in such great shape from playing the sport that he loved. A few days after successful surgery, Donnelly was notified that he’d be the Cyclones’ new manager.

Though Donnelly’s career has been in baseball, he said he would much rather physically play racquetball. He’s even tried to get some of his current Brooklyn players involved in the sport.

“It’s (racquetball) the greatest sport in the world,” he said. “There is nothing else that can compare with it because there’s nothing else that has hand-eye coordination, quickness, reflexes, strength and mental…all five. It’s the fastest game in the world.”

Donnelly currently serves on the board of advisors of the International Racquetball Tour. At this point in his life, he lives every day to the fullest.

“I’ve slept enough!” he said. “I’m full of energy.”

And it’s this energy that has allowed Donnelly to thrive in all aspects of his life, whether he’s managing the Cyclones or competitively playing racquetball.

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Balanced Effort Leads Cyclones To 5th Straight Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/balanced-effort-leads-cyclones-to-5th-straight-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/balanced-effort-leads-cyclones-to-5th-straight-win.html/#comments Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:38:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=126094 It’s very rare that any baseball team excels in all three major aspects of the sport – timely hitting, clutch pitching and strong defense – in any one particular game.

If a team does do that, it usually isn’t a short season Single-A team. But the Brooklyn Cyclones enjoyed a complete effort in a 4-0 victory Monday evening over the Hudson Valley Renegades, the short season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, to cap off a two-game series sweep.

The Cyclones move back to the .500 mark (20-20) for the first time since early in the season. The win also ends a 35-day drought of being under .500 – one day shy of the franchise mark of 36 set back in 2006. The Cyclones wound up earning a wild-card berth that season.

Brooklyn has now won a season-high five straight games and pulls within two games of first place in McNamara Division of the New York-Penn League behind the Renegades. Not too long ago, the Cyclones were in last place.

“You have to get to the point before you can get beyond the point,” said Cyclones’ manager Rich Donnelly about getting back to .500. “I sound like Casey Stengel! We’ve played good ball the last week. Every time we make a good play, I write it down, and my card is full.”

During the streak, the team’s starting pitching has done the yeoman’s work. Cyclones’ starters have turned in six straight quality starts, including six innings of shutout ball Monday night from lefty Carlos Valdez, who picked up his first win of the season after scattering just four hits. Brooklyn starters managed only seven quality starts through the team’s first 34 games.

Reliever Akeel Morris followed with three scoreless innings. In 25 innings this season, Morris has not surrendered an earned run.

“We’ve been pitching really well, and the offense has been coming through with guys in scoring position,” said left fielder Jared King, who extended his home hitting streak to seven games. “That’s what you need to do to win…just execute and we’ve been good at that the last couple of weeks.”

The Cyclones got on the board early with a home run from first baseman Matt Oberste – his second of the season – to leadoff the bottom of the second inning. The Cyclones are now 16-6 in games when scoring first.

Valdez faced the minimum through the first three innings, and his team gave him some insurance in the bottom of the fourth. Back-to-back doubles from designated hitter Alex Sanchez and right fielder James Roche – the latter of which was a chopper over the third base bag that plated two runs – put Brooklyn ahead 3-0.

“I was looking for a pitch to drive in that spot,” Roche said. “I didn’t quite drive it, but I hit it in the right stop. That’s all that counted there.”

Oberste scored the team’s fourth run in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out error by Renegades’ shortstop Julian Morillo.

The Cyclones will head on the road Tuesday for six-games, starting with a three-game series against the Williamsport Crosscutters. Seth Lugo will attempt to keep Brooklyn’s streak of quality starts alive as he takes the hill.

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Cyclones Drop Series Finale To Batavia Muckdogs http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/cyclones-drop-series-finale-to-batavia-muckdogs.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/cyclones-drop-series-finale-to-batavia-muckdogs.html/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 04:34:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125570 The Brooklyn Cyclones attempted to sweep their first series of the year Monday evening, but after a one-hour and 20-minute rain delay, the Cyclones dropped a 2-0 contest to the Batavia Muckdogs – the Single-A short season affiliate of the Miami Marlins.

For the game, the Cyclones (15-19) only managed two hits – both by left fielder Jared King. King extended his hitting streak to seven games and is 12-for-24 during that stretch. He’s 22-for-66 (.333) in the month of July.

Cyclones’ manager Rich Donnelly called his offense “dead,” plain and simple.

The Muckdogs opened the scoring in the top of the second inning. Cyclones’ starting pitcher Carlos Valdez surrendered a leadoff walk to Batavia first baseman Scott Carcaise followed by a double down the right field line by second baseman Avery Romero.

With the infield back, catcher Chad Wallach grounded out to L.J. Mazzilli to plate a run. Valdez was able to retire the next two hitters to escape the jam allowing just one run.

After retiring the first two batters in the top of the fifth, Valdez ran into trouble. He gave up a double to right field to Muckdogs’ right fielder Carlos Lopez and then a run-scoring bloop single to center by left fielder Austin Dean.

On the night, Valdez threw 4.2 innings of five-hit ball while giving up two runs, walking two and striking out four while picking up his second loss of the season. Akeel Morris followed with 4.1 innings of scoreless relief and struck out six.

Justin Jackson picked up the win for the Muckdogs after throwing five scoreless frames, including a stretch of retiring 11 straight Cyclones to close out his night. Casey McCarthy retired the Cyclones in order in the ninth to pick up the save.

“Overall, if you hold them to two runs, you should win,” Donnelly said. “Every night you just move on. You don’t have time to feel sorry for yourself. You have to have instant amnesia.”

Brooklyn hits the road for the next five games, starting with a three-game set against the Lowell Spinners Tuesday night. Righty Seth Lugo takes the ball for the Cyclones.

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Huge 2nd Inning Leads Cyclones To Home Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/huge-2nd-inning-leads-cyclones-to-home-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/huge-2nd-inning-leads-cyclones-to-home-win.html/#comments Thu, 18 Jul 2013 03:11:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125243 Finally, a Brooklyn Cyclones that did not include a rain delay or extra innings…

The Cyclones continued their climb to the .500 mark on the season with a 7-5 victory Wednesday night at MCU Park in Coney Island over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers – the Single-A short season affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

Brooklyn moves to 13-16 on the season. It was Nintendo night at the ballpark, and there were times where it seemed like the Cyclones hitters had the “turbo” button working. But after the Cyclones jumped out to the lead, they allowed the Scrappers to claw back into the game.

“It was good to have a little cushion,” said Cyclones’ manager Rich Donnelly. “Thank goodness we had one because the second half of the game we didn’t do so well.”

The Cyclones pounded 12 hits, including a three-hit, two-RBI performance by second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, who extended his hitting streak to seven games. In the month of July, Mazzilli is batting .417 on 25-of-60.

L.J. Mazzilli (Photo by Jim Mancari)

L.J. Mazzilli (Photo by Jim Mancari)

“I’m just starting to feel good up there again,” Mazzilli said. “I’m just trying to stay within and not try to do too much. I’m trying to simplify it up there and see the ball in my zone and then put a good swing on it.”

Mazzilli helped Brooklyn get on the board in the first inning with an RBI double to right center that plated center fielder Patrick Biondi, who led off the game with a double down the left field line.

The Cyclones did the bulk of their damage in the bottom of third inning by plating five runs, three of which were unearned, by batting around and relying on two key Scrappers’ errors.

Third baseman Anthony Chavez led off the inning with a single to right field, and Biondi was then hit by a pitch. Shortstop Juan Gamboa dropped a sacrifice bunt, but Scrappers’ pitcher Harold Guerrero committed an error on the throw to plate Chavez.

Mazzilli followed with a sacrifice fly, and designated hitter Alex Sanchez later drove in a run with a single to left. Right fielder Eris Peguero capped the scoring with an infield single that took a tough hop past Scrappers’ second baseman Paul Hendrix – allowing two more runs to score.

In the bottom of the sixth, Gamboa – not exactly known for his bat – launched his first home run of the season into the front row of the right field bleachers. It was the first home run for the Cyclones this season at MCU Park. After hitting home runs in their first two games of the season, the Cyclones have managed only three long balls in the last 27 games, placing them last in home runs in the New York-Penn League.

Right-hander Seth Lugo started for the Cyclones and earned his second win of the season. He tossed 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three.

The Scrappers scored two runs in the top of the seventh off Cyclones’ reliever Kevin McGowan, but the righty rebounded to allow only one run over the final two frames to pick up his first save of the season.

None of the Brooklyn pitchers could figure out how to retire Scrappers’ first baseman Nellie Rodriguez. Rodriguez finished the game 4-for-5 with a single, double, two home runs and drove in all five Mahoning Valley runs.

Over the past week, the Cyclones’ have fluctuated between a win and a loss and can’t seem to get on a winning streak. Wednesday’s victory increases the winning streak to two, and Donnelly hopes that can continue.

“The thing that will do that is good pitching,” Donnelly said. “If you throw strikes and catch the ball, I think you’ll do fine.”

The Cyclones are back in action Thursday night against these same Scrappers at 7 p.m. Lefty Dario Alvarez (1-1, 4.91 ERA) takes the hill for Brooklyn.

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Late Comeback Fuels Cyclones’ 3rd Straight Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/late-comeback-fuels-cyclones-3rd-straight-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/late-comeback-fuels-cyclones-3rd-straight-win.html/#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2013 03:37:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124214 mazzilli sandy copy

The Brooklyn Cyclones are inching closer to the .500 mark as the team notched its third straight win with a 4-3 victory over the Lowell Spinners – the Single-A short season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox – Monday night at MCU Park in Coney Island.

It took a late eighth-inning comeback, but the Cyclones were able to scratch out the win, moving them to 9-12 on the season.

Brooklyn was able to get the victory on one of the team’s “Meaningful Mondays” in which $3 from every ticket is donated to an area affected by Hurricane Sandy. Monday night’s recipient was Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn, and the team wore their special commemorative blue jerseys with the names of affected areas on the back.

Righty John Gant started the game for the Cyclones and actually had a no-hitter going through the first 5.2 innings. But it was anything but pretty.

He allowed an unearned run to score in each of the first two innings as a result of leadoff walks in each inning. Two errors by catcher Colton Plaia did not help either, as the Spinners took an early 2-0 lead without recording a hit.

Luckily, the Cyclones did not wait around to respond, as they scored three runs in the bottom of the second. Four hits, including RBI doubles from Plaia and right fielder James Roche, put Brooklyn back on top 3-2. Roche had been one of his last 13 with 11 strikeouts before his clutch hit.

Gant settled in from there, striking out seven, but he still walked five Spinners on the evening. In each of his four starts though, he’s thrown at least five innings and has struck out at least six batters.

“A big part of pitching is being consistent,” Gant said. “It’s fun striking people out, so I guess I’ll try to just keep doing that. I definitely walked way too many tonight. That’s five too many.”

“They didn’t hit too many balls hard, but he (Gant) was all over the place, walking people,” Cyclones’ manager Rich Donnelly said. “He walked the leadoff hitter three times. He’s a funny dude. He walked four but struck out seven. John’s pitched well this year, but this was a weird outing.”

The Spinners tied up the game in top of the eighth inning off Cyclones’ reliever Cristian Chivilli. Chivilli surrendered another leadoff walk, and Lowell left fielder Aaron King delivered the game-tying RBI single.

“You start doing that (walking the leadoff man) in any league and any game, and you’re going to be in trouble,” Donnelly said. “Late in the game, you’re going to bunt or steal or something to try to get the run in. These runs are like gold.”

Again though, the Cyclones continue to show fight late in games. Center fielder Patrick Biondi worked out a walk after a nine-pitch at-bat to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Shortstop Juan Gamboa, who has filled in admirably for Gavin Cecchini – who was recently placed on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle – then dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt.

With two outs, Cyclones’ left fielder Jared King blooped a line drive into left center field. Spinners’ outfielders King and Manuel Margot converged on the ball but collided, allowing the ball to drop and Biondi to score the go-ahead run.

“You want to try to get a good pitch to hit…something over the plate that I could handle,” Jared King said. “Fortunately, I just hit in in the right spot.”

Things got interesting in the top of the ninth, as Cyclones’ side-arming lefty reliever Shawn Teufel, Tim’s son, walked the leadoff hitter – the fifth time in the game a Cyclones’ pitcher did that. After a sacrifice bunt, Spinners’ third baseman Nick Moore chopped an infield single over Teufel’s head setting up first and third with one out.

Teufel struck out Spinners’ catcher David Sopilka, and then Donnelly jogged out of the dugout for a conference on the mound with his entire infield.

“I said, ‘Teuf, you’re going to get this guy out and I don’t want this ball thrown if he goes,’” Donnelly said. “I had enough confidence in Teuf and said ‘If he goes, you get the hitter.’”

Teufel did just that, as he struck out Spinners’ designated hitter Tzu-Wei Lin to end the game. There would be no “Linsanity” Monday night in Coney Island.

Though the team won, seven walks is a cause for concern.

The Cyclones are back in action for one of two 11 a.m. summer games Tuesday for camp day. Lefty Carlos Valdez takes the ball for Brooklyn, still looking for his first win of the season.

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