Cyclones in danger of their first losing record in club history

Matt Oberste went 2-for-4 with a home run in a losing effort for the Cyclones on Tuesday. Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Matt Oberste went 2-for-4 with a home run in a losing effort for the Cyclones on Tuesday. Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese.

The Brooklyn Cyclones have already seen their smallest crowd’s in the franchises’ history and they face the possibility of having the team’s worst record in history as well after their losing streak was extended to five games as they lost 6-3 on the road against Tri-City on Tuesday night.

Usually they are in good hands with John Gant, but the starter didn’t have his best stuff on Tuesday as he allowed six runs, five earned, in just two-plus innings of work and, as usual, the Cyclones’ offense wasn’t enough to pick him up.

It started in the bottom of the first, James Ramsay led off with a double to right to start things for Tri-City. That was followed by a pair of singles and two errors on one play as the ValleyCats took a 2-0 lead. It was 2-2 going into the bottom of the second when Tri-City struck again, this time it was a walk, a sac bunt, and wild pitch to make it 3-2. Finally, Tri-City knocked Gant out with a three-run third that included a single, a walk and a triple before Cameron Griffin replaced Gant and allowed the inherited runner to score on a sac fly to make it 6-2.

The Cyclones offense, which is 12 out of 14 teams in runs scored per game this season and the second worst in the team’s history, only managed three runs. Two came in the second inning when James Roche, Matt Oberste, Edward Rohan all singled with one out, Rohan’s an RBI single, and Ismael Tijerina grounded out to score another run. That tied it at 2-2, and after they scored their next run in the seventh, on a Oberste homer, they were trailing 6-3.

• The bullpen did a solid job during this game as Griffin, Paul Paez, and Ricky Knapp each pitched two shutout innings. Unfortunately, they can’t with without scoring runs which has obviously been a problem.

• No Cyclones with at least 75 at bats finished with a .300 batting average this season with L.J. Mazzilli finishing with a team best .281 average. Only one finished with a on base percentage above .360, Jared King at .371. The next best was Patrick Biondi who had a .348 OBP. James Roche demonstrated the most power on the team with a .390 slugging percentage which is typically a modest number.

• The real power on this team was with the pitching staff. Starters John Gant, Robert Gsellman, Miller Diaz, and Carlos Valdez all had ERAs under 3.00 with Diaz leading the way with a 2.01 ERA.

• In the bullpen, Akeel Morris, John Mincone, Tim Peterson, and Johnny Magliozzi all had ERAs under 2.00 and David Wynn had a 2.36 ERA. For some reason these pitchers were seldom used during the current five-game losing streak. Cristian Chivilli, who struggled big time with a 10.50 ERA over the last two weeks, was used often including three times within the last week alone.

• The Cyclones currently have a 37-37 record and will send ace Miller Diaz (2.01) to the mound to try to avoid their first losing season in Brooklyn’s history. Troy Scribner (5.51) will go for Tri-City.

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