Cyclones back to .500 after winning two out of three

L.J. Mazzilli hit his first pro home run on Sunday as the Cyclones got back to .500 with a winning weekend. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

L.J. Mazzilli hit his first pro home run on Sunday as the Cyclones got back to .500 with a winning weekend. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

The Brooklyn Cyclones were in Jamestown to take on the Jammers, the best team in the New York-Penn League, over the weekend and they won two out of three games and now sit just one game out of first place in their division with a 23-23 record.

FRIDAY (8-1 win vs Jamestown)

Everything went right for the Cyclones on Friday as they scored eight runs, including four in the first inning, as their pitching staff held the Jammers to just one run during an 8-1 victory.

The Cyclones had already plated a pair of runs in the first and Alex Sanchez (3-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI) and James Roche RBI-groundouts when Gavin Cecchini picked up a big two-RBI single that made it 4-0. Jared King (1-for-5 with a double and four RBI’s) then picked up a bases loaded, three-RBI double in the fourth inning to make it 7-1. Patrick Biondi (4-for-5 with two runs scored, a triple, and a RBI) tripled in the fifth to drive in Juan Carlos Gamboa for an 8-1 lead.

Miller Diaz started and allowed just one run on two hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts. The only run was a Ricky-rally when Harold Ramirez walked, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and then scored on another. Kevin McGowan came in and pitched three scoreless innings of relief on just one hit and a pair of strikeouts.

SATURDAY (7-4 win vs Jamestown)

Saturday was only slightly more challenging for the Cyclones as they scored two in the second, two more in the third, and then broke the game open with a three-spot in the seventh on their way to a relatively easy 7-4 victory that, at least temporarily, put them over .500 for the first time all season.

It was Edward Rohan who hit a two-run shot in the second inning to put them on the board with a 2-0 lead. The Cyclones added two more in the third to make it 4-1 when Patrick Biondi scored on a double play and Alex Sanchez doubled in Jared King. It was 4-2 in the seventh when Rohan doubled, Biondi drove him in on a single, and then L.J. Mazzilli drove both Biondi and Gavin Cecchini in on a single.

Meanwhile, John Gant started for the Cyclones and held them to two runs, one earned, in five innings. John Mincone struggled in relief as he allowed two runs in just 2.2 innings, but Cristian Chivilli and Johnny Magliozzi came in and got the final four outs for the win.

SUNDAY (9-5 loss to Jamestown)

It was a great weekend for Brooklyn and they could have even tied for first place, but for a Sunday afternoon loss where they briefly lead 5-2 before a five spot by Jamestown in the fifth inning changed the game entirely.

L.J. Mazzilli was the one who tied the game at 2-2 with a shot to left that also scored Gavin Cecchini (that was the first homer of Little Maz’s career). Cecchini would up driving in a run the next inning with a bases loaded walk before Mazzilli picked up his third RBI on a single and Jared King made it 5-2 with a sac fly.

Brooklyn starter Carlos Valdez and reliever Juan Urbina just didn’t have it that day. The first run was hardly Valdez’s fault as it scored on a Mazzilli throwing error. A couple of walks and a base hit got him in the third and Valdez was finally taken out after a couple of more walks in the fourth.

The wheels completely came apart in the fifth as Urbina left the game following a strikeout, walk, single, single, strikeout, walk. Bullpen ace Akeel Morris, who had a 0.00 ERA entering the game, was the victim of a bases loaded, three-RBI single to the first batter he faced. Of course, none of those runs were charged to Morris. Instead, he ruined his perfect ERA when he walked a batter followed by three consecutive singles as the Jammers tacked on two more runs to take a 9-5 lead.

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