BROOKLYN, NY-Coming off two disastrous
losses in a doubleheader against the Staten Island Yankees, the Brooklyn Cyclones wouldn’t be able to give Dave Kerpen
and Caroline Fisher, a couple that was married on the field after the game, the wedding present they really wanted, extending
their losing streak to three games after being three-hit by the State College Spikes in a 4-1 loss.
Trying desperately to get the offense going,
Cyclones Manager George Greer shuffled up his line up tonight, putting right fielder Dustin Martin in the lead off spot and
inserted former Cyclone Bobby Malek, who’s on a rehab assignment from Binghamton, in the three hole, giving Brooklyn
regulars Joe Holden and Luis Rivera the day off.
The Cyclone’s offense has left their
pitching staff alone on the dance floor all season, hitting .218 with 39 runs batted in through 17 games and Greer’s
moves before the game didn’t stop them from continuing to do so tonight; scoring only one run on three hits for starting
pitcher Jeramy Simmons, who came into tonight’s game with a 2.00 ERA in three starts this season.
Brooklyn would get on the board in
the third, but it wasn’t because of their bats. Two errors by the Spikes would open the door for Martin to score after
Jon Schemmel reached on a fielder’s choice.
Simmons pitched effective early for the
Cyclones, throwing three scoreless innings before getting himself into a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the third.
An outfield assist from Martin following an Allen Craig fly out seemed to get Simmons out of trouble, but after Spikes outfielder
Nathan Southard stole home on a botched pick off play, the game was tied at one.
Simmons’s tendency to pay too much
attention to runners on base with two outs this season caught up to him again as the fourth continued, allowing yet another
stolen base after another attempted pick off, opening the door for another Spikes run to score, this time on a Yonathan Sivira
single and the Cyclones found themselves down 2-1 in the fourth.
Things could have gotten much worse for
the Mets Single-A Affiliate in the inning however, but catcher Jason Jacobs would save a run holding on to a Jonathan
Sanchez throw from left field before getting barreled over by Spikes Designated Hitter Scott Thomas, who was trying to score
from third with two outs.
Spikes starter Gary Daley was solid for
the Spikes, allowing one run on one hit in six innings of work, silencing the Cyclones offensive attack in the process. Brooklyn
did have a chance to score in the fifth however, but a Schemmel fly out with the bases loaded would keep the score at 2-1.