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Cyclones Waste another Solid Outing by Privett,

fall 4-1 To Ironbirds


By Patrick Hickey Jr

BROOKLYN, NY- Ending their seven-game losing streak with a come from behind victory last night against Hudson Valley, the Brooklyn Cyclones failed again to provide starter Todd Privett with solid run support, losing 4-1 to the Aberdeen Ironbirds.
Despite giving up only ten earned runs in five starts so far this season, Privett has been a victim of both bad luck and horrible run support, having a 1-2 record as a result.


“Our hitters are struggling,” said Privett. “But it feels like they're on the verge of starting to hit the ball, it’s just how it goes sometimes.”


After throwing two scoreless innings to start the game, Privett ran into some trouble and gave up a run on a sacrifice fly that would score Aberdeen catcher Victor Castillo and give the Ironbirds a 1-0 lead. The Mets Single-A Affiliate would strike back however in the fourth, getting a run on a Jesus Gamero bloop single that scored Ivan Naccarata, effectively breaking up Aberdeen starter Jason Berken’s attempt at a no-hitter, tying the score at 1-1.


Privett would settle down after a shaky third inning and would keep the score at 1-1 before being replaced by Jonathan Castillo in the seventh with two on and two out. Castillo would then get Todd Davison looking on strikes after he walked the first batter he faced, Victor Castillo, to load the bases, keeping the score at 1-1.


“I felt good tonight,” said Privett. “That had to be my longest outing of the year so far.”


“I think he pitched great and he kept us in the ball game,” said Greer. “That’s all you can ask for out of your starter.”


After getting Aberdeen in order in the eighth, Castillo would get into trouble in the top of the ninth, giving up a two-run double to Castillo and a Davison RBI single, that would give the Ironbirds a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth.


Luis Lebron would come out of the bullpen for Aberdeen and finish off Brooklyn despite giving up a walk to Dustin Martin and a Naccarata single, earning his 17th save of the season, giving the Ironbirds a 4-1 victory.


“I don’t know what happened tonight,” said Gamero, who had two of the Cyclones three hits tonight. “I think we’re just trying too hard. We need to relax more.”


With Oneonta’s loss and Staten Island’s win, the Mets Single-A Affiliate are now five games out of first place in the McNamara Division and a half game out of the wild-card. Obviously concerned about his team’s offensive production as of late, Greer feels the team needs to work its way out of their current funk.


“It’s always a concern when you’re not hitting,” said Greer. “So I guess we’re just going to have to make sure our batting practice is a little more concentrated.”

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