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Dead Bats Squander Another Solid Pitching Performance


By Patrick Hickey Jr

Despite throwing six solid innings, Stoner would get the loss

BROOKLYN, NY-Looking to build off their first win against the Hudson Valley Renegades last night, the Brooklyn Cyclones would be forced to deal with a forty-minute rain delay before getting themselves in an old-school pitchers duel that would end the way most games at Keyspan Park have this year; with Brooklyn's offense failing to produce, wasting solid starting pitching in the process and leading to a 3-1 loss against the Aberdeen Ironbirds.


If the teams recent call ups weren’t enough to get the team going offensively, slugging Mets left-fielder Cliff Floyd was inserted in the lineup tonight, as part of a rehab assignment; unfortunately for Cyclone fans, Floyd was unable to deliver, hitting into an inning-ending double play in the first, walking in the fourth and striking out on three pitches in the seventh.

Cliff Floyd couldn't provide the Cyclones with the offense they sorely needed

Coming off a five-inning gem against Aberdeen last week, Cyclones starter Tobi Stoner started off well, working a scoreless inning in the first before giving up a solo-homer to Aberdeen first-baseman Chris Vineyard in the second to put Brooklyn down early 1-0.


Working ahead of most of the hitters he faced until giving up two runs on two hits in the sixth, Stoner breezed through the third, fourth and fifth, striking out seven before being replaced by Jeremy Mizell.


Mizell would stop the bleeding for the Cyclones in the fifth, getting Corey Shafer to fly out to Floyd to end the inning. However, the seventh would prove to be adventurous for Mizell, who would leave the bases loaded. Fortunately, Brooklyn skipper George Greer would call on Nick Abel, who would need only two pitches to get Ironbirds shortstop Jedidiah Stephen to fly out to right fielder Jonathan Sanchez to end the frame.


Abel would work a scoreless eighth and ninth, keeping the game close and gave the Cyclones an ample opportunity to strike back. However, the Mets Single-A affiliate's bats wouldn’t have enough firepower to pull out a victory.


Joe Holden and Jonathan Schemmel would have the only hits for the Cyclones until the bottom of the eighth, when Jonathan Sanchez’s lead off, line-drive homer would give Brooklyn their first run of the game.


Despite the quick offensive outburst in the eighth, the bottom of the ninth would end quickly for the Cyclones, with Aberdeen reliever Brett Bordes giving up a Dustin Martin double but settled down to throw a scoreless ninth for his second save of the season.


After the game, Cyclones Manager George Greer was unavailable for comment.

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