The Brooklyn Cyclones were going for the sweep of the Batavia Muckdogs, but instead came away with just two hits during a 2-0 loss in Coney Island on Monday night.
Jared King picked up the only two hits, a pair of singles, as Batavia got nine nearly hit-less innings from starter Trevor Williams and relievers Justin Jackson and Dane Stone. The only time Brooklyn threatened at all was in the first inning when it had runners on second and third with two outs when Alex Sanchez grounded out to end the inning. They only got one runner as far as second base after that.
Meanwhile Carlos Valdez started for the Cyclones. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in 4.2 innings while striking out four. The Muckdogs managed to scratch out runs in the second, on a RBI ground out by Chad Wallach, and in the fifth, on a RBI-single by Austin Dean, which was enough thanks to Brooklyn’s lifeless bats.
One bright spot in the game was Akeel Morris. The 20-year-old reliever continued his impressive season with 4.1 shutout innings to keep his ERA at 0.00 over 22 innings total. Morris retired the final 14 batters in a row.
L.J. Mazzilli, who had a nine-game hitting streak snapped last weekend, went 0-for-4, but barely missed a home run in the third inning that just went foul. He was 2-for-13 in this series and is now hitting .295/.349/.341 on the season.
Brooklyn still managed to take two out of three in the series, but the loss keeps them 4.5 games behind Hudson Valley, who lost on Monday, and drops them to 4.0 games behind the wild card leading Lowell Spinners, who were not in action.
The Cyclones are going on the road for the next few days starting with a three-game series against the Lowell Spinners and then a two-game series in Staten Island on Friday and Saturday.