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Wedding Bells Can’t Help Timid Cyclone Bats

 

By Patrick Hickey Jr

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Daley gave up only one hit in six innings

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.

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Simmons paid too much attention to baserunners tonight

Simmons would get into trouble again in the sixth, throwing two wild pitches and allowing RBI singles to Craig and Sivira, extending the Spikes lead to 4-1, before being replaced by Cyclones reliever Nick Abel in the top of the seventh..

 

Abel would quiet down the Spikes’s bats for the rest of the game, hurling three scoreless innings, but the Cyclones bats weren’t in the mood to deliver a come from behind victory, as Spikes reliever Kyle Mura would give up only a Dustin Martin single in the eighth before P.J. Walters would get Brooklyn in order in the ninth to end the game.

 

While the wedding would go as planned after the game, one has to wonder how long Mets management will allow the Cyclones offense to revel in sub-mediocrity before more roster changes are made.

All Photographs for this article were taken by Conroy Walker

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