|Dustin Martin was unable to spark the Cyclones offense tonight
BROOKLYN, NY- Coming off an undefeated
six-game road trip, the Brooklyn Cyclones came home to not only lose for the first time in eight games, but did so in what
has become typical Brooklyn fashion this year, failing to send runners home and committing costly errors in a 4-2 loss
to the Oneonta Tigers.
While the team’s
last road trip did result in six consecutive wins, the team’s success over that span had little to do with their hitting.
Before tonight’s game, the team’s batting average was a lacking. 212. Sadly, as of tonight, Dustin Martin (.288,
10 RBI) and Luis Rivera (.279, 17 hits) were the only regulars to have batting averages better than .250.
Coming off a seven-inning shutout performance
in his last start against the Williamsport Crosscutters, right-hander Jorge Reyes was out to prove that his last outing was
no fluke. Fortunately for the Cyclones, Reyes would hurl four scoreless innings before a power outage would delay the game
with runners on first and second for the Tigers and only one out.
After things got started again 31 minutes
later, Reyes would get into trouble, walking the next batter, Santo Deleon, leaving the bases loaded for Tigers Outfielder
Diek Scram. While Scram would eventually strike out, Reyes would walk Scott Sizemore, giving Brandon Timm safe passage to
score from third, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The walk would prove to be the end of the
line for Reyes, who was replaced by Rip Warren, who would get Brennan Boesch to fly out, ending the inning and keeping the
score at 1-0.
It was apparent that after the game continued,
Reyes had lost his composure; Cyclones manager George Greer believed the power outage broke Reyes out of his rhythm, ruining
an otherwise solid performance.
“I thought he was awesome,”
said Greer. “I thought he threw the ball as well as he’s thrown it all year, but regardless of where you are in
life, a rookie pitcher or a veteran, it’s going to mess you up.”
Despite the early deficit, the Cyclones
would answer back in the sixth after a Jonathan Sanchez single brought Jon Malo home, tying the score at 1-1. Brooklyn could
have added more wood to the fire during the inning with Tigers reliever Christopher Krawczyk reeling, but Sanchez was picked
off of second base on a sloppy base running play and the score remained tied through six.
|Reyes pitched well before the power outage
Sanchez’s base running folly in the
sixth would be the least of his problems, as in the top of the seventh Sanchez would misplay a line drive that would open
the door for a two-run Tiger seventh, putting the Cyclones down 3-1.
Unlike most of their games this season,
Brooklyn showed some offensive life late in the game, adding a run on another RBI single from Jonathan Sanchez to bring them
within one run in the bottom of the eighth.
The Tigers would then bring in reliever
Casey Fien, who would need only one pitch to get out of the inning after Jon Schemmel was tagged out at home after a passed
ball got past Tigers catcher Jeff Kunkel, keeping the score at 3-2 with only one inning left to play.
After Nick Abel gave up a run in the top
of the ninth, a 112-minute rain delay would cause a break in the action. When the game continued, Jeremy Mizell would replace
Abel, getting the last two outs of inning, forcing the Cyclones to come from behind to earn a victory.
The ninth inning at Keyspan Park
was a virtual ghost town, with easily less than 50 fans staying to watch the Cyclones during their last turn at bat.
Despite giving up a double to Joe Holden, Jose Fragoso would pitch a scoreless ninth for the Tigers, tying the knot on a sluggish
4-2 Brooklyn loss.
After the game, Greer believed that the
errors combined with the power outage and rain created a hard luck loss that all teams have to deal with from time to time.
“I thought the kids played hard,”
said Greer. “But as a baseball player, this is something you just have to deal with.”
All Photographs for this article were taken by Conroy Walker