Brooklyn Cyclones starter Dario Alvarez went out and struck out the side in the first inning. After a fly out, he struck out the final two batters in the second inning, then a leadoff double in the third followed by three more strikeouts.
That’s pretty much how the entire game went for Alvarez as he struck out 12 batters in six shutout innings and held the Spinners to just one hit as the Cyclones offense did just enough to get the win during an afternoon came in Lowell on Wednesday.
As good as the pitching was, it wasn’t like the offense made it an easy game. The Cyclones loaded the bases in the second and eighth innings. Both times they only managed to score one run. In the second Patrick Biondi made it 1-0 on a RBI-single and in the eighth Tomas Nido snapped a 1-1 tie with his own RBI-single.
Both times Brooklyn struck, the Spinners were able to tie it. First they tied it at 1-1 on a seventh inning sac fly off reliever Dawrin Frias and then in the eighth on a RBI-single again off Frias. Finally, though, in the ninth inning the Cyclones went ahead again, this time L.J. Mazzilli doubled in Ismael Tijerina, and the Spinners ran out of time as Johnny Magliozzi struck out the side to nail down the save.
• The Cyclones won and the Hudson Valley Renegades lost which puts Brooklyn just 4.5 games out again. They also made up ground in the Wild Card race, which the Spinners are currently leading, and are now just 4.0 games behind that.
• The first two games of this three game series have been split. Brooklyn will go for the series win Thursday night and by doing so could pull to within three games of the Wild Card.
• L.J. Mazzilli just hits. He went 3-for-4 in this game and it seems like he plays some role in every single Cyclones game especially when they win. He’s now hitting .307/.357/.357.
• Alvarez’s start was exciting, but he’s missed a lot of baseball and, at 24-years-old, he should dominating this league. He has a 4.30 ERA, a 9.5 K/9 and a 3.1 BB/9 in 29.1 innings this season.
• Catcher Tomas Nido is the youngest player on the team. He went 2-for-3 with a double on Wednesday. He needed a game like that though as he’s hitting just .211/.250/.263 on the season.
• Robert Gsellman is the third youngest on the team and he’s dominating this year with a 2.10 ERA, a 7.3 K/9 and a 1.3 BB/9 ratio in 34.1 innings with Brooklyn. He’s on the hill Thursday night as the Cyclones try for the series win.