The Brooklyn Cyclones trailed three different times during a Wednesday afternoon match up against the Connecticut Tigers, but managed to come back each time including in the eighth inning when they rallied to score a pair of runs to win the game 4-3 in Coney Island.
The Cyclones fell behind for the third time in the game, 3-2 in the seventh inning, but came back to take the lead, this time for good, in the eighth inning. With one out, Matt Oberste singled and James Roche doubled to give them a second and third one out situation. Jonathan Clark would tie the game with a single and Tomas Nido would drive in the eventual game winning run to complete the third comeback of the game which would be the last they needed.
The first two comebacks were only necessary because of freak plays. Robert Gsellman, Brooklyn’s starter, hit the first batter of the game and allowed him to score on a double by Dominic Ficociello. The Cyclones tied the game in the second when Patrick Biondi walked with the bases loaded to force Clark in from third.
Another freak run was scored against the Cyclones in the fifth when L.J. Mazzilli committed a rare error on a double play that allowed the runner to move all the way to second on the play. Ficociello again doubled to drive in a run to make it 2-1 at the time. Just like the first time, Brooklyn didn’t waste any time on the comeback as Anthony Chavez singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth and came around to score on a Alex Sanchez single.
• Gsellman started for the Cyclones and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts in five innings. He’s now lowered his ERA to 2.06 on the season with a 7.1 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 (that’s a phenomenal 5.13 K:BB ratio). Two walks in one game is a lot for him.
• Clark and Nido were the big hitters in this game as they each had a RBI and went 2-for-4 and 2-for-3 respectively. Nido also walked and Clark scored a run. Big games for the two considering Clark is hitting just .200/.243/.257 in 37 games and NIdo is hitting a slightly better .213/.253/.307 in 21 games.
• Jared King sat this one out following his oblique injury on Tuesday. He’s day to day for right now, but oblique injuries can be tricky. It’s possible we might not see him again this year. He was hitting .264/.364/.351 and was thriving after being moved into the cleanup position.
• For now, the Cyclones have Sanchez batting cleanup. He went 1-for-4 with a RBI and is now hitting .224/.247/.295 in 41 games which are terrible numbers for a No. 4 hitter.
• The Cyclones really have an amazing bullpen. John Mincone got the save in this game and now has a 1.65 ERA in 16.1 innings. David Wynn also pitched 2.2 innings and didn’t allow an earned run to lower his ERA to 1.06 in 17 innings. In addition to those two guys Akeel Morris has a 0.66 ERA, Cristian Chivilli has a 1.89 ERA, Tim Peterson has a 0.00 ERA, and Ricky Knapp has a 0.73 ERA. Kevin McGowan has a decent 2.81 ERA, but looks like a slacker next to these guys.
• The Cyclones are now back to .500 with a 24-24 record thanks to this win. They still sit 1.5 games behind the IronBirds for first place in the McNamara division as they won on Wednesday as well. The State College Spikes have increased their winning streak to nine games so the Cyclones didn’t gain any ground in the Wild Card race either and still sit five games back. If they’re going to get into the playoffs it looks like they’re going to have to win the division.