The Brooklyn Cyclones haven’t been great this season and neither have the Connecticut Tigers which is why it was important for them to take the three game series on the road. They did, even if it took them 12 innings, as first baseman Matthew Oberste drilled a double to center with one out to go ahead 5-4.
Getting to that point wasn’t exactly pretty as the Cyclones scored five runs in the game, but thanks to four errors on the Tigers behalf only three of those runs were earned. The Cyclones made two errors of their own; their error just didn’t cost them the game.
Carlos Valdez started for the Cyclones. He tossed five innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on a walk and four strikeouts. Connecticut broke through when Dominic Ficociello homered in the second. They scored again in the third on a RBI single by Raphael Rhymes.
Finally in the fourth, Brooklyn broke through with two runs of their own to tie it at 2-2. The Cyclones loaded the bases with no outs and scored on a RBI single by Oberste and a sac fly by James Roche. They made it 4-2 in the fifth after a couple of fielding errors by the Tigers lead to two runs including one doubled in by Jared King.
Reliever Johnny Magliozzi came in for the save in the ninth, and promptly put two runners on with no outs. He nearly got out of the inning, but Pay Leyland singled to drive in two runs to tie it. After that the two sides traded zeroes until the Cyclones ended it in the 12th.
• Oberste went 2-for-6 with a double and two RBI’s. This year’s seventh round draft pick is batting just .243/.273/.330 in 26 games this season.
• Jared King went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a RBI. This year’s fifth round draft pick is hitting .259/.375/.353 in 24 games.
• L.J. Mazzilli also had a multi-hit game going 2-for-6 with a run scored and a RBI. The ninth round pick and son of former Met Lee Mazzilli is off to a solid start hitting .299/.366/.336 in 27 games.
• Carlos Valdez’s line: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. His ERA is down to 3.24 on the season
• Akeel Morris tossed three shutout innings in relief of Valdez that shouldn’t go unnoticed. He has been able to maintain a 0.00 ERA this season over 17.2 innings with 23 strikeouts and seven walks. Last season in the Appalachian League, he had a 7.98 ERA. He had a 11.7 K/9 which stands out as a positive, but it came with a 5.2 BB/9. This season he’s cut that down to a 2.5 BB/9 and it seems to have made all the difference.