A pair of errors in the third inning opened up the door to a four run third inning by the Connecticut Tigers and the Brooklyn Cyclones’ bats couldn’t dig them out of the hole as they lost 4-1 in Coney Island on Tuesday.
Connecticut was running early and it lead to both of the errors that sparked the big third inning. The first error, charged to first baseman Matthew Oberste, was on a pickoff attempt and it lead up to a two-RBI single that made it 2-0. A double steal forced another error by catcher Colton Plaia and scored another run. Finally, Kasey Coffman hit a sac fly to center that made it 4-0. Brooklyn’s starter Dario Alvarez was charged with only one earned run that inning.
The Cyclones batters couldn’t pick up the defense even though they knocked the Tigers’ starter Jonathon Crawford out of the game in the third inning. Their only run came after that, in the fourth, as Juan Carlos Gamboa singled to drive in Jonathan Clark.
• The loss blew an amazing relief performance by Darwin Frias, who tossed five shutout innings with nine strikeouts on just two hits and no walks. His nine strikeouts out of the bullpen tied a franchise record. Frias, a 21-year-old repeating a season in Brooklyn, has now lowered his ERA to 4.44 with a tremendous 12.2 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 in 24.1 innings with the Cyclones this year.
• All-Star L.J. Mazzilli was the only Cyclone with a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4. He’s easily been their most consistent hitter all season with a .302/.351/.385 line in 46 games.
• Outfielder Jared King went 0-for-1 with a walk, but left mid-game with an oblique injury. He’ll be further evaluated on Wednesday, but as of now he’s considered day-to-day. Some time off might help him out as he’s hit just 1-for-16 in his last five games.
• After a poor start, the 2012 first round pick Gavin Cecchini has played much better lately. He’s currently 9-for-26 during a six-game hitting streak that includes three doubles. He’s hitting .250/.284/.313 in 25 games this season.
• Oberste, who made the first costly error, has not helped himself out at the plate recently. He’s now 0-for-20 in his last five games and has dragged his numbers down to .199/.243/.273 in 43 games.
• The loss drops the Cyclones back down to a 23-24 record. The Hudson Valley Renegades lost as well, but they are no longer leading the McNamara division as the Aberdeen IronBirds now have that distinction with a 1.5 game lead over Brooklyn. There is a new Wild Card leader as well with the State College Spikes, who have won eight in a row, leading the Cyclones in that race by five games.