Cyclones pitching keeps them in first place

Miller Diaz is the latest Cyclone starter to lead them to victory. Photo used with permission by Robert Pimpsner.

Miller Diaz is the latest Cyclone starter to lead them to victory. Photo by Robert Pimpsner.

The Brooklyn Cyclones’ offense sure has been inconsistent this season, but luckily for them their pitching staff is one of the best in the league and it carried them again on Thursday as Miller Diaz led them to a 2-1 victory over the Staten Island Yankees in Coney Island.

Diaz pitched a one-hitter over six innings and struck out nine batters with three walks. He was replaced by Cameron Griffin, who was charged with an unearned run in 1.2 innings of work, before Juan Urbina and Johnny Magliozzi got the final four outs of the game without allowing a run. The lone run by the Yanks came on a fielding error by second baseman Ismael Tijerina, but beside that run in the eighth they never so much as threatened to score otherwise.

Tijerina might have been responsible for the lone run the Cyclones allowed, but he picked them up offensively to make up for it. In the first inning, he drove in Jonathan Clark, who walked to leadoff the inning, on a RBI double. Then in the third it was Tijerina who scored when Alex Sanchez grounded out with the bases loaded to make it 2-0.

• Brooklyn starters now have a 0.99 ERA in their last seven starts and are clearly carrying this team.

• Matt Oberste, who went 3-for-4 in this game, is heating up a bit. In his last five games he is 8-for-22 with a pair of triples which is good for a .364/.364/.545 line.

• The Cyclones won, but so did the Aberdeen IronBirds so the ‘Clones are still just a half game ahead of them in the schedule. Both teams have six games left to play with back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday.

• The Jamestown Jammers finally lost a game, two in a row in fact, so the Cyclones are still alive in the Wild Card race just four games out with six to play. Not very good odds, but still technically in it.

• The Cyclones face the rival SI Yanks one last time on Friday with Robert Gsellman going up against righty David Palladino.

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