Cyclones sloppy defense is the worst in the NYPL
A pair of errors in the ninth inning by the Brooklyn Cyclones cost them the game in a 3-2 loss to the Tri-City ValleyCats in Troy on Thursday night. Luckily for the Baby Bums, the Connecticut Tigers lost as well so they still maintain a two-game lead in the wild-card race.
Both teams looked like they brought the offense early on as the Cyclones scored in the top of the first, when Jhoan Urena drove in Adrian Abreu, but the ValleyCats immediately answered back to tie it at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. The Cyclones regained the lead in the second, though, when Abreu drove in Tucker Tharp on a ground out and Amed Rosario doubled in Anthony Chavez to make it 3-1.
Both teams quieted down a bit after that until Tri-City added two more runs to tie it at 3-3 in the fifth inning off a single, a triple and a single. That pretty much knocked starter Martires Arias out of the game. He went five innings, allowed three runs on eight hits, a walk and seven strikeouts to raise his ERA to 2.11.
Thanks to relievers Cameron Griffin and Edioglis Villasmil, the score stayed at 3-3 until the ninth inning when the defense broke down. That inning started with Mott Hyde reaching on an error by Urena. After the runner moved up to third on a wild pitch and bunt single, he scored on an error by the right fielder Michael Bernal for a walk-off victory.
THE CYCLONES SLOPPY DEFENSE: The Brooklyn Cyclones have the best pitching in the New York-Penn League and since the promotion of Michael Conforto, they’ve had pretty solid offense as well. However, they still have a fatal flaw and that’s sloppy defense. Shortstop Amed Rosario is the worst offender with 19 errors followed by third baseman Urena with 17. William Fuller, who has been replaced at second by Anthony Chavez, had an atrocious 11 errors in 24 games.
PLAYOFF PICTURE: The Cyclones lost, but so did the Connecticut Tigers so they’re still 2.0 games ahead of them in the wild-card race. Their magic number does drop to three thanks to the Tigers. The Lowell Spinners and Staten Island Yankees both won, though, so they each keep their slim playoff hopes alive. All other teams have been eliminated from wild-card contention.
UP NEXT: The Cyclones have four games left to play. They play two more in Tri-City and then come back to New York City for a home-and-away series with the Staten Island Yankees to wrap up the regular season.