Cyclones split a doubleheader, back in wild card lead
The Brooklyn Cyclones split a doubleheader when they dropped the first game against the Lowell Spinners 3-2 and followed that up with a walk-off victory in the eighth inning of the second game in Coney Island on Wednesday night.
The first game started off poorly for the Cyclones as the Spinners struck early for two runs in the first off of starter Scarlyn Reyes and another run in the second to put them in a 3-0 hole. The score stayed that way until the sixth inning when Amed Rosario scored on a ground out and Michael Conforto scored on a Michael Bernal RBI-single to make it 3-2.
The game was shortened to seven innings though, as all minor league games are during doubleheaders, which meant that the Cyclones only had one more shot in the seven. Unfortunately, Conforto struck out swinging to end the game with a runner in scoring position.
In the second game, the Cyclones quickly got ahead 1-0 in the first inning when Amed Rosario doubled and scored on a Jhoan Urena single. The Spinners added a run in the third off of starter Martires Arias, but the ‘Clones quickly got that one back in the bottom of the third when John Mora reached on a bunt single and scored on a line drive by Tomas Nido to make it 2-1.
The Spinners scored again in the sixth to tie the game, but the Cyclones eventually won it in the eighth inning Rosario singled and scored on a base hit to right by Urena to win the game.
WELCOME BACK JEREZ: This game marked a homecoming of sorts for the Dominican-born Williams Jerez, who went to high school at Brooklyn’s Grand Street Campus. Jerez, who was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 MLB Draft, had struggled in parts of three seasons in the Red Sox organization so this season they decided to make him a pitcher.
Jerez did very well in the Rookie-League as he posted a 2.22 ERA with a 10.0 K/9 and a 1.8 BB/9 in nine outings. This was his first appearance in Single-A and even though his line wasn’t pretty (2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K), he actually did decently as he pitched two shutout innings. Unfortunately, he tired and allowed two baserunners before he recorded an out in his third inning and both of those runs came around to score after he was lifted from the game.
PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS: After the Cyclones split a doubleheader and the Connecticut Tigers lost back-to-back games, they are once again in a tie for first place in the wild-card race with identical 31-28 records. There are now 17 games left in the season with six teams in the New York-Penn League that within four games of the wild card lead.
UP NEXT: With 17 games remaining this season, the Cyclones will finish off their series against Lowell on Thursday and then will head up to Vermont this weekend for a three game set against the Lake Monsters. They have not announced a starter for Thursday yet.