The Brooklyn Cyclones fell behind early in a rare poor start for Robert Gsellman, but his offense picked him up for a change as a five-spot in the seventh inning made the difference in a 9-4 victory over the Crosscutters in Williamsport on Thursday night.
This was kind of a weird night for the Cyclones because nobody did what is expected out of them. Gsellman wasn’t terrible, but four runs, three earned, in six innings doesn’t stack up to the majority of the starts he’s made this season. Then there was Jared King and Alex Sanchez, both had five-game hitting streaks entering the game, and went hitless. Jonathan Clark and Colton Plaia, who are in a combined 1-for-32 slump, they combined to go 4-for-9 with three runs scored and four RBI’s as they were the heroes of the night.
Gsellman fell behind right away in this one as he gave up a two-run shot to Samuel Hiciano with one out in the second inning. Williamsport made it 3-0 in the third when Jairo Cardozo tripled and scored on a Zach Green single. Gsellman pitched a quiet forth, then escaped a jam in the fifth, only to have Williamsport break through again in the sixth on back-to-back doubles that made it 4-2 at the time.
It looked like another quiet night for the offensively until the fifth inning when James Roche hit a two-run shot, the Cyclones’ 10th homer of the season and sixth in the last seven games. They really broke out in the seventh though as Roche started a rally with a two-out walk followed by a Plaia RBI-double, a wild pitch, a walk, a Clark two-RBI triple, a sac fly by Gavin Cecchini, and finally a L.J. Mazzilli RBI-triple that made it 7-4.
The Cyclones tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning on another two-out rally. This time it was a RBI-singles by Anthony Chavez and Clark that made it 9-4.
• L.J. Mazzilli had a strong night. He went 1-for-3 and reached base three times thanks to a couple of walks. He’s now hitting .295/.346/.355 in 42 games this season.
• Nine runs is a season high for the Cyclones, who have scored as many as seven runs just three times this season.
• Gsellman had only ever allowed as many as three runs in any of his starts this season. He was coming off his best start of the season where he tossed seven shutout innings and only allowed two hits to Staten Island.
• Jonathan Clark was transferred to Brooklyn on July 26 from Low-A St. Lucie where he hit just .190/.277/.238. He was 0-for-14 in his first four games with the Cyclones.
• The Cyclones keep pace behind the Hudson Valley Renegades with the win and remain just three games out of first in the McNamara division. The Lowell Spinners also won so they remain four back of the Wild Card.