The Brooklyn Cyclones extended their winning streak to five games and have gotten themselves back to .500 with a 4-0 win against the Hudson Valley Renegades as their pitching staff kept on dominating in Coney Island on Monday night.
Carlos Valdez started for Brooklyn and tossed six shutout innings as he allowed just four hits with a walk while striking out three. Relief ace Akeel Morris pitched the final three scoreless innings as he maintained his 0.00 ERA over a stretch of eight appearances and 25 innings.
The Renegades threatened in the fourth and sixth innings, getting runners on third and second and third respectively, but failed both times to push a runner across. That was the extent of their offense.
Meanwhile, the Cyclones got on the board in the second inning when Matt Oberste homered to left field to make it 1-0. They picked up two more runs in the fourth inning when James Roche drove in Oberste and Alex Sanchez on a two-RBI double. They were able to tack on another run in the fifth to make it 4-0 when Jared King scored from third on a fielding error by Hudson Valley’s shortstop Julian Morillo.
• L.J. Mazzilli cooled off a bit last week after he lost a nine game hitting streak, but he went 2-for-4 on Monday and is now 8-for-23 in his last six games (.348/.348/.391).
• The 2012 first round draft pick Gavin Cecchini went 0-for-4 and is just 1-for-12 since coming off the DL with an ankle injury.
• With back-to-back two-game series sweeps, the Cyclones are now just two games out of first place in the McNamara division and two games behind the Lowell Spinners for the Wild Card with a 20-20 record.
• They’re back on the road this week to take on the Williamsport Crosscutters (20-20) in a three game series and then will face the Jamestown Jammers (26-14) in a weekend series. After an off-day on Monday they will then be back home in Brooklyn for a week.