The Brooklyn Cyclones went toe-to-toe with the Tri-City ValleyCats on Tuesday as the two teams played 16 innings before the ValleyCats finally scored a pair of runs off of reliever Cristian Chivilli to beat the Cyclones 5-3 in Coney Island.
Darwin Frias started for the Cyclones and pitched a great game. His only bump in the road happened in the fourth inning when he allowed three runs on a Tyler White home run, a RBI double, and a sac fly. Other than that he was great though as he struck out 11 batters in six innings.
Unfortunately, that little blip for Frias cost the Cyclones the game as the offense could only manage three runs. Two came in the third inning when Gavin Cecchini doubled in Jonathan Clark and then came around to score on a wild pitch. They were trailing 3-2 in the eighth inning when L.J. Mazzilli hit his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot to left, to send the game to extras.
The Cyclones bullpen did a phenomenal job. Paul Paez tossed four shutout innings and Johnny Magliozzi and Tyler Vanderheiden each pitched two shutout innings. Even Chivilli pitched a strong 15th inning. It wasn’t until the bullpen was pitching in its tenth inning of the game when it allowed a couple of runs which ended up winning the game.
• Mazzilli’s numbers actually went down after a 1-for-7 game, but he hit his fourth homer in 19 games and has a solid .311/.358/.541 line during that span.
• Cecchini is hot again. The Mets’ 2012 first round pick is hitting .351/.404/.404 in 23 games during August. He’s currently riding a five-game hitting streak after his 16-game streak came to a halt 10 days ago.
• This was Frias’ third start of the season. This one was much better than the last, but it didn’t help too much to lower his now 5.19 ERA as a starter. He previously had a 4.68 ERA in nine appearances out of the bullpen.
• Patrick Biondi is still out with a wrist injury, but came off the bench to pinch run for this game. Unfortunately, he was erased on a double play.
• Luckily for the Cyclones, the Aberdeen IronBirds also lost their game Tuesday night so the ‘Clones are still half a game back in the McNamara Division. The Jamestown Jammers won though so they are now 6.5 behind them for the Wild Card with only eight games left to play. Any combination of three Cyclones loses or Jammers wins will officially eliminate them from the Wild Card race.