Staten Island Yankees starter David Palladino was dominant and had a no-hitter going after six innings, but this is minor league baseball with strict pitch limits so he was lifted in the seventh. That’s when the Brooklyn Cyclones finally broke through to win an amazing pitcher’s duel in Coney Island 2-0 on Tuesday night.
With two outs in the seventh inning and Andy Beresford on the mound, the Cyclones still had not gotten a hit until Jared King, James Roche and Alex Sanchez all singled to load the bases and Matthew Oberste drove two of them in with a two-RBI double.
Aside from a second inning walk to Roche, that was literally all the offense they got that day so it was important for starter Dario Alvarez to have a good day. He came through by tossing five shutout innings. They weren’t easy innings though as he allowed three hits and walked a whopping six batters, but he somehow made it through. Juan Urbina, Paul Paez, and Johnny Magliozzi took care of the final four frames to nail down the win.
• Dario Alvarez, who hadn’t pitched in professional baseball since 2009 before this season, is on a roll after a slow start. In his last three outings he has a 0.57 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 15.2 innings. The is the problem of his 10 walks, but batters have hit just .196/.338/.196 against him in that span.
• The Cyclones like playing in Coney Island and have an overall 19-12 record and are 7-2 in their last nine games. The reason, the pitching staff has a 2.41 home ERA.
• Outfielder Eris Peguero was promoted to Brooklyn. He played in 11 games here earlier in the season and hit just .154/.185/.154.
• The Cyclones are now the closest they’ve been to first place all season and sit just 0.5 games behind the Aberdeen IronBirds in the McNamara division. They’re not as close in the Wild Card though and sit 5.5 games behind the Jamestown Jammers and State College Spikes who are tied for first place.