Just when it looked like the Brooklyn Cyclones were really making some progress toward getting to the playoffs they dropped three of five to the rival Staten Island Yankees this week topped off by Thursday night’s disappointing 7-1 loss in Coney Island.
The Cyclones actually got out ahead on Thursday too when outfielder Jonathan Clark led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to right field. That would be all the offense they would get that night though as Yankees pitchers Rookie Davis, Andrew Benak, and Andury Acevedo shut them down over the next eight innings. The Cyclones would only get as many as two men on in a single inning twice after the first, but even in those innings they didn’t come close to threatening to score runs.
Meanwhile their pitching let them down. John Gant started and allowed two runs in five innings. Not terrible, but the bullpen was much worse as Tyler Vanderheiden, making his debut for the Cyclones after a demotion from Low-A Savannah, allowed three runs in one inning and Cristian Chivilli gave up a home run to Eric Jagielo in the seventh inning to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead.
David Wynn was charged with an unearned run, but gave up two hits and a walk in his inning of work. Paul Paez was the only reliever who pitched effectively for the Cyclones, but it was already 7-1 when he entered the game.
• Clark snapped a 0-for-24 skid with his first inning homer. He’s hitting just .173/.215/.240 while leading off for the Cyclones.
• John Gant has tossed at least five innings in all 11 starts this season and has not allowed more than two earned runs in his last six. He has a 2.41 ERA with 32 strikeouts and 13 walks in 33.2 innings during that six game span.
• The Cyclones placed lefty reliever John Mincone on the disabled list with a lower back injury. With such little time left in the season, he’s probably done for the year.
• Patrick Biondi is still out with his wrist injury. He’s listed as day-to-day, but has been available for pinch running.
• Edward Rohan has extended his hitting streak to six games with a 1-for-4 night. He has two home runs and six doubles over his last eight games as well.
• James Roche also went 1-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He’s hitting .394/.459/.576 over that span.
• After briefly getting to two games over, the Cyclones are back to .500 with a 31-31 record. Luckily for them the Aberdeen IronBirds also lost on Thursday so they are only 1.5 games out of first place in the McNamara division. The Jamestown Jammers also lost so they are 6.5 games out of the Wild Card spot, but with just 14 games left in the season it seems unlikely that they could ever catch them.