The Brooklyn Cyclones have won five in a row after they swept the Vermont Lake Monsters in a three-game series in Coney Island over the weekend. Unfortunately, the streak hasn’t given them a lot of elbow room in the wild-card race as the Connecticut Tigers, winners of three in a row themselves, are still just one game out.
FRIDAY: The Cyclones started the weekend off right with a huge 7-0 win against the Lake Monsters on Friday behind an amazing performance from ace Marcos Molina, who struckout 12 batters. Molina allowed just one hit and one walk over seven innings. No batter got past first base against him. Luis Rengel and Edioglis Villasmil each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
The Cyclones got their biggest hit from Jhoan Urena, who had two hits including his fifth homer of the season in the ninth inning. They also got two hits from John Mora and Pedro Perez and three hits from Tomas Nido.
SATURDAY: Things were a bit harder on the Cyclones on Saturday as the offense was held to just two runs, but the pitching staff managed to hold the Lake Monsters to just one run in a 2-1 victory.
Alberto Baldonado pitched five shutout innings, Carlos Valdez pitched 2.2 innings scoreless, Gaither Bumgardner allowed the lone run to score, unearned thanks to a passed ball, and Shane Bay pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save of the season. The offense gave them just enough that day thanks to a Rosario double in the third inning that scored Mora and a Tyler Moore double in the fourth that scored Michael Conforto.
SUNDAY: The Cyclones wrapped up the perfect weekend with a 7-3 victory on Sunday in a game where they trailed entering the sixth inning and finally broke out thanks to a five-run outburst.
Brooklyn’s big sixth inning started with the Cyclones immediately loading the bases. A wild pitch brought in the first run, Michael Conforto singled to drive in the next, Urena sent two home on a double and finally Nido singled to give them a 5-2 lead. The Lake Monsters got one more in the seventh, but the Cyclones made up for that with a pair of insurance runs in the eighth on a Conforto sac fly and a single by Tyler Moore.
Casey Meisner started that game and struck out 10 in 6.2 innings. All three runs were scored with him on the mound, but only one was earned. Cameron Griffin, Kelly Secrest and Brandon Welch combined to toss 2.1 perfect innings in relief.
13 LEFT: The Brooklyn Cyclones have just 13 games left to play on the season and are sitting in first place in the wild card with a 35-28 record. The Connecticut Tigers keep hanging around just one game behind them and, at this point, the only other team to worry about is the Staten Island Yankees.
THE RIVALRY MATTERS: The Baby Bombers are currently 3.5 games out in the wild-card race, but they have been playing well and the two teams still have seven games left to play each other so the rivalry will play a big role in how this season plays out.
UP NEXT: The New York-Penn League All-Star Game is being held on Tuesday at MCU Park in Coney Island so the Cyclones get two days off for that. They’re back in action on Wednesday when they head to Staten Island for the first of a home and away, two-game series.