The Brooklyn Cyclones took two out of three games they played over the weekend by winning back-to-back games against the Batavia Muckdogs on Saturday and Sunday after they dropped Friday’s match against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Lefty Carlos Valdez takes the mound on Monday night as they go for the sweep against the Muckdogs.
The Cyclones are now just 4.5 games out of first place in the McNamara division and 3.5 games behind a wild card spot.
FRIDAY (2-1 loss to Mahoning Valley)
After splitting the first two games in the series, the Cyclones were looking to take the series in the rubber match only to fall 2-1 on a night where they got good pitching, but couldn’t follow it up with timely hitting in Coney Island Friday night.
Robert Gsellman started for the Cyclones and pitched six brilliant innings before he ran into trouble in the seventh. That’s when Nellie Rodriguez, drafted out of Manhattan’s George Washington High School, got things started with a leadoff single. Another runner reached on a hit by pitch and both came around to score on a Martin Cervenka RBI-double that made it 2-0.
Brooklyn finally got themselves on the board in the eighth inning when L.J. Mazzilli drove in Patrick Biondi on a RBI-ground out that cut the score to 2-1. The Cyclones threatened in ninth inning when James Roche walked and moved to second on a wild pitch, but he was stranded there when Alex Sanchez grounded out to end the game.
Mets infielder Justin Turner was rehabbing with the Cyclones during this game. He played second base and went 1-for-3 with a walk. He had little impact on the game, unfortunately, aside from being on base in the eighth inning when they scored their only run. He was left stranded on third base that inning though.
SATURDAY (3-0 win over Batavia)
The Cyclones picked up three runs in the first inning on Saturday and that was it for the rest of the games from both teams as they went on to take the first game of a three game series in Coney Island against the Batavia Muckdogs.
Patrick Biondi got it started in the bottom of the first with a leadoff double. Justin Turner, playing shortstop, followed that up with a walk, and L.J. Mazzilli drove in a run on a ground out to make it 1-0. It was 2-0 after Jared King doubled in Turner, and 3-0 on a RBI-single by Matt Oberste.
From there the pitching staff took over. Miller Diaz started and held the Muckdogs to just two hits over five innings with nine strikeouts. Ricky Knapp tossed a scoreless sixth, Tim Peterson struck out four in the seventh and eighth and John Mincone pitched a perfect ninth for the save, his fifth of the season.
Turner went 0-for-2 with a walk on Saturday. He was eventually lifted for a defensive replacement in the seventh inning.
SUNDAY (3-2 win over Batavia, 10 innings)
The Cyclones took their second win in a row against Batavia in Coney Island on Sunday in a thrilling 10th inning walk off hit by Julio Concepcion at the rehabbing Met, Justin Turner, was once again involved in the action.
Turner lead off the bottom of the 10th inning with a single up the middle. L.J. Mazzilli singled and Jared King sac bunted the runners to second and third. The Muckdogs intentionally walked Matt Oberste, but the move backfired when Concepcion drove in the game winning run with one out in the tenth.
The game was pretty much tied the entire time leading up to extra innings. The Cyclones scored a run in the second to make it 1-0 when King doubled and James Roche doubled him in. The Muckdogs tied it at 1-1 in the fifth when they scored a run off of Brooklyn’s starter John Gant on a walk, a single and then a ground out RBI.
Batavia briefly took a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning when Paul Paez, in relief of Cristian Chivilli, walked back-to-back batters to force in a run. That lead didn’t last long as Brooklyn tied it at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth when King scored on a Concepcion RBI-ground out.
Turner against started at shortstop on Sunday. He went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. He went 3-for-10 with two walks while with Brooklyn. Turner has been rehabbing a left intercostal strain and is expected to be back with the Mets on Monday.