The Brooklyn Cyclones came back from the All-Star break and won their third consecutive game with an eighth inning rally to beat the Hudson Valley Renegades 3-1 in Coney Island on Wednesday night.
Cyclones starter Dario Alvarez pitched a gem, but they were trailing 1-0 headed into the eighth inning. They needed a rally and who better to start one than speedster Patrick Biondi, who reached on a single to left to start off the inning. The next batter, Ismael Tijerina, reach on an error and then both runners moved up to second and third on another error. Finally, Gavin Cecchini hit a sac fly to tie it, a wild pitch brought in Tijerina, and Matt Oberste drove in Alex Sanchez with a RBI single to tack on one more run.
That saved a great performance by Alvarez, who allowed just one run, none earned, on four hits, two walks, and three strikeouts in six innings. The lone run scored in the fourth inning when the leadoff runner reached on an error by third baseman Juan Carlos Gamboa and got all the way to second. A ground out moved him to third and then a sac fly plated him. No hits, but a run.
Akeel Morris came in for relief and struck out five as he pitched three hitless and scoreless innings to nail down the win. Morris, an obvious All-Star Game snub, has now struck out 16 in his last 8.2 innings of work to go with his 0.52 ERA in 34.1 innings this season.
• Cecchini has extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He’s hitting .380/.396/.460 during that span and is showing that his early season slump was exactly that.
• Patrick Biondi extended his hitting streak to seven games. He’s hitting .320/.433/.440 during that span.
• The Renegades swiped four bases in this game and the Cyclones have now allowed a whopping 100 stolen bases on the season. That’s such a huge total that the Staten Island Yankees are in second place in the league with 68. It’s actually amazing that the Cyclones pitcher’s have done so well with their catchers giving up so many extra bases.
• Dario Alvarez is putting together a nice little streak himself lately as he has a 2.37 ERA and 21 strikeouts and five walks in his last 19 innings.
• Jared King has been out for a week with an oblique injury. I mentioned how he might miss the rest of the season, mostly because there aren’t too many games left and oblique injuries can linger, but he’s expected back by this weekend, according to the team.
• The Cyclones are above .500 again with the win, but the Aberdeen IronBirds also won so they are still one game out of first place in the McNamara division. They remain four games out of first place in the Wild Card, but have seriously cut down the number of teams ahead of them in that race with the State College Spikes leading the way followed by the Lowell Spinners and Batavia Muckdogs.
• The Cyclones head to Hudson Valley to finish this two game home-and-away series. Darwin Frias will take on lefty Chris Kirsch Thursday night.