Cyclones slumping bats lead to second loss in a row

 

The Cyclones fell behind early and were never able to mount a comeback in their loss to Mahoning Valley Thursday. Photo by Flickr user Wally Gobetz.

The Cyclones got a great start by Jacob Lugu, but, as usual, their bats didn’t show up to support him. Photo by Flickr user Wally Gobetz.

Jacob Lugo had the best start of his season for the Brooklyn Cyclones as he allowed just two runs over seven innings, but he got no offensive support in a 2-1 loss to the Lowell Spinners on the road Tuesday night.

They had a shot at scoring right away in this game as the Cyclones first two batters walked to start them off. However, Lowell’s starter, Mario Alcantara, was able to retire their two best hitters, L.J. Mazzilli and Jared King, on strikeouts to escape the jam. They finally did score in the fifth inning to make it 1-0 Brooklyn after James Roche doubled to leadoff the inning and Patrick Biondi drove him in on a RBI-single.

Lugo needed just slightly more support as he held the Spinners to just two runs on five hits, a walk and four strikeouts as he tossed seven innings. The only time he struggled was in the sixth inning when Tzu-Wei Lin and Aaron King both scored on a two-RBI double by Kevin Mager as the Cyclones fell behind 2-1. They would not threaten to score again as they went on to a quiet loss.

• The Cyclones have now dropped to 5.5 games behind the Hudson Valley Renegades for first place. That’s actually impressive considering they have not won more than three in a row all season. Brooklyn is on its way to its first season below .500 in the team’s history though.

The Cyclones are 5.0 games behind the Spinners for the Wild Card. So if they win these next two games they can not only win this series, but they could make up some important ground in the playoff chase as well.

This weekend is going to be huge for the Cyclones though as they face two division rivals from Friday through Monday. First they play the Yankees in Staten Island for two games and then they’re back home for two against the first place Renegades.

• Jared King went 0-for-4 which snapped a seven-game hitting streak that coincided with him being moved into the cleanup spot in the lineup. He went 12-for-24 during the streak which was good for a .500/.600/.625 line.

• The Mets 2012 first round draft pick Gavin Cecchini, who has been on the disabled list with a left ankle sprain, recently had his protective boot removed. No word on when he’ll actually return to action, but it shouldn’t be much more than a week, if that.


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