Brooklyn Cyclones stay in the playoff hunt by winning two of three over the weekend
The Brooklyn Cyclones wrapped up a series with a win against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Friday and then split two games with the Batavia Muckdogs over the weekend to finish the weekend in a first-place tie in the wild-card standings.
The weekend started with a 4-2 victory over Mahoning Valley behind starter Corey Oswalt, who allowed just one run, two earned, on six hits, three walks and three strikeouts in six innings. Oswalt was the beneficiary of a two-run double by Jeff Diehl in the fourth inning that made it 3-2. The ‘Clones bullpen, Cameron Griffin, Kelly Secrest and Shane Bay each tossed a scoreless inning to closeout the game.
On Saturday, the Brooklyn Cyclones sent Marcos Molina to the mound, but he had a rare clunker as he allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings. He managed to strikeout 11 with no walks, but it wasn’t enough to make up for a three-run fourth that made it 4-0. Meanwhile, the Cyclones’ offense was shutdown by Gabriel Castellanos. They scored a run in the sixth, when Amed Rosario doubled in John Mora, and another in the seventh, when Pedro Perez drove in Michael Bernal on an RBI to left, but Brooklyn hardly threatened aside from those plays and lost 4-2.
The Cyclones salvaged the weekend, and maintained a wild-card tie with the Connecticut Tigers, by taking Sunday’s game 5-2. The two teams were tied at 2-2 headed into the ninth inning when Rosario doubled in Pedro Perez and Tyler Moore to go ahead 4-2. Adrian Abreu then hit a sac fly to right that scored Rosario for an extra insurance run. Bay came in, struck out two and retired the side for the save, his 12th of the short season.
While all of that was going on, the Connecticut Tigers were winning all three of their weekend games so the two teams are now tied with a 30-26 record. There are 20 games left in the season so there will be a lot of scoreboard watching between now and then. Aside from the Tigers, the Staten Island Yankees, the Auburn Doubledays, the Lowell Spinners and the Williamsport Crosscutters are all within four games of the wild card lead.
The Brooklyn Cyclones will stay in Batavia for one more matchup on Monday. The Cyclones have not yet announced a starter for that game.