As playoffs approach the Cyclones bats are heating up

After a bad start to the season, James Roche is coming on at the right time for the Cyclones playoff hunt. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

After a bad start to the season, James Roche is coming on at the right time for the Cyclones playoff hunt. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

If the Brooklyn Cyclones keep getting offense like this it is going to be hard to keep them out of the playoffs.

Since the disappointing end to the Staten Island Yankees series, the Cyclones have been on a bit of a roll. They’ve scored at least eight runs in three of the last four games including a sweep of the Vermont Lake Monsters and an 8-1 victory over the Tri-City ValleyCats in Coney Island on Monday.

As has been the pattern lately, the Cyclones scored right away in the first inning when Jared King ripped a RBI double and Alex Sanchez hit a sac fly that scored L.J. Mazzilli to make it 2-0. They didn’t let up either and scored five more runs in the second inning on RBI singles by Gavin Cecchini, Mazzilli, a two-RBI triple by James Roche and a wild pitch to make it 7-0.

Starting pitcher Dario Alvarez and relievers David Wynn and Tyler Vanderheiden took care of the rest. Alvarez allowed just one run in five innings, Wynn tossed three shutout innings, and Vanderheiden pitched a perfect ninth. This was the fourth consecutive start Alvarez has not allowed more than one earned run. He hasn’t been going deep into games, but it’s been good enough for a 0.87 ERA in that span.

• One of the biggest reasons the Cyclones offense is clicking is James Roche. He’s hit in 13 of his last 14 games and been tearing the cover off the ball at the same time with a .396/.482/.667 line with three homers and four stolen bases.

• L.J. Mazzilli has also come on of late and shown a lot more power. In his last 18 games he has three homers to go with a .313/.356/.522 line.

• Gavin Cecchini cooled off there a bit after a red hot start in August, but he’s picking it back up again. He’s 5-for-15 in his last four games.

• Jared King is also starting to get his bat back. After missing a week and a half with an oblique strain, he was cold off the DL, but has gone 7-for-18 with a homer and a double in his last four games.

• The Cyclones have now won four in a row, but are still a half a game behind the Aberdeen IronBirds, who have won three in a row, in the McNamara division.

• There are nine games left in the season and the Cyclones are still five games behind the Jamestown Jammers for the Wild Card. That is technically possible, but barely. If they can make the playoffs it will be by winning the division.

• The Cyclones have two games left against Tri-City this week with righty Darwin Frias (4.84) going up against righty Michael Feliz (1.42) on Tuesday night.


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