Cyclones finish the season with a winning record

Miller Diaz and the Cyclones pitching staff starred all season long in Coney Island. Photo used with permission by Robert Pimpsner.

Miller Diaz and the Cyclones pitching staff starred all season long in Coney Island. Photo used with permission by Robert Pimpsner.

The Brooklyn Cyclones have never had a losing season in the history of the franchise and that continued on Wednesday as the ‘Clones beat Tri-City 4-2 on the road to finish the season with a 38-37 record. It’s the worst record in the team’s history, but a winning record nonetheless.

The Cyclones weren’t taking any chances and had rehabbing major leaguer Jeurys Familia start the game for the as they tried to snap their five game losing streak. He only pitched one inning though and allowed an unearned run with the help of a fielding error by L.J. Mazzilli. With the Cyclones down 1-0 heading into the second inning, they called upon ace Miller Diaz, who allowed a run on three hits and a walk that inning. He eventually settled down and the Cyclones bats finally came alive.

Juan Carlos Gamboa got the Cyclones on the board with a solo shot to lead off the third inning. It was 2-1 in the fifth when the Cyclones scored three runs on just one hit to go ahead 4-2. Tri-City reliever Troy Scribner walked the bases loaded to start that inning and hit catcher Colton Plaia to force in a run. Ismael Tijerina singled in another run and a wild pitch allowed the third run to score.

From there the ‘Clones bullpen did the rest with Kevin McGowan tossing two shutout innings as David Wynn and Johnny Magliozzi each pitched shutout innings to nail the win down.

• The New York-Penn League’s season is officially over. The Cyclones missed winning the McNamara Division by 3.5 games and were five out of the Wild Card as well.

• Johnny Magliozzi finished with a 1.17 ERA with 12 strikeouts and five walks in 15.1 innings. He had a 0.717 WHIP. For some reason though, he didn’t pitch for nearly a week while the Cyclones bullpen was blowing leads in close and important ball games.

• L.J. Mazzilli finished the season with a .278/.329/.381 line after he closed out the season on a cold streak going 3-for-32 over his last eight games.

• The Mets 2012 first rounder Gavin Cecchini also ended on a cold streak going 4-for-26 in his last seven games to finish with a .273/.319/.314 line overall.

• The Cyclones cleanup hitter Jared King was one of the few bats still awake at the end of the year. He went 16-for-51 (.314) over his last 13 games to finish with a .266/.365/.347 line. He was much better overall after the Cyclones moved him into the cleanup spot in early July.

• The Brooklyn Eagle deemed him the ace of the Cyclones staff early on and Miller Diaz really lived up to that. He finished the season with a 2.02 ERA, a 11.7 K/9, and a 4.5 BB/9 in 66.2 innings. He was huge down the stretch as well and didn’t allow more than one earned run in his final four outings.

• This is the last Cyclones recap the Eagle will have for you until next season, but rest assured that I will look back at their season and discuss what went right and what went wrong in the upcoming days and weeks. So stay tuned for that baseball fans.


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