The Brooklyn Cyclones rallied late, but it wasn’t enough to finish off their comeback as they lost to the Williamsport Crosscutters 8-6 on the road Wednesday to extend their losing streak to two games. The Cyclones are now two games under .500 and will try to salvage the final game of the three game series on Thursday.
The Cyclones struck first going ahead 1-0 in the top of the second inning when Jared King scored on a Alex Sanchez sac fly. However, the Crosscutters answered back that inning and lead 7-1 by the bottom of the fourth. Brooklyn’s starter, Dario Alvarez, gave up four runs over just three innings. The big blow was a three-run homer to Zach Green. Reliever Darwin Frias didn’t fare much better as he allowed four runs in four innings including a solo shot to Samuel Hiciano in the fourth.
The Cyclones offense picked up from there with two runs in the fifth, two more in the eighth and another in the ninth. Tomas Nido had the biggest role in the comeback attempt as he hit a two run shot in the fifth inning and drove in the lone run in the ninth. He just didn’t get enough help as the rest of the team was held to just six hits with nobody else having a multi-hit game. Patrick Biondi struck out looking to end the game with Nido on in ninth inning.
• The loss drops the Cyclones back to two games under .500. Fortunately, Hudson Valley lost as well on Wednesday so the Cyclones are still just three games back in the McNamara division. The Wild Card leading Lowell Spinners did win though so they currently sit four games behind them.
• Nido, last year’s eighth round draft pick out of Orangewood Christian High School in Florida, has had a rough season overall, but is riding a small hot streak over the past three games going 4-for-10 with a double and a home run.
• Jared King has also been hot lately, he went 1-for-3 with a walk and the Mets 2013 fifth rounder has hit .358/.452/.453 in 15 games since being moved to the cleanup spot in the lineup.
• First round pick Gavin Cecchini went 1-for-4 with a RBI to pick up his recent play. He’s now 2-for-20 since coming off the DL with an ankle injury.
• Alvarez was coming off a start where he struck out 12 batters in six innings, but he went right back to his old struggles in this game. Despite a solid strikeout to talk ratio with a K/9 of 9.2 and a BB/9 of 2.8, the 24-year-old has allowed at least four runs in three of his seven starts and has only pitched past the fifth inning once. His ERA is an unsightly 5.01.