From the desk of: THE CONEY ISLAND NINE
BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Surf Avenue Sluggers Win 4th In A Row. Starting Pitcher; Eduardo Aldama; Wins His 1st Game In Impressive Fashion.
SWEEP SERIES vs. Aberdeen Iron Birds; 3 games.
What a difference a day makes. Were it not for a ninth inning win in a low scoring game Tuesday night, the glaring stat of that game would have been going 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Tonight was a different story as they went 5 for 12 with runners in scoring position against the Iron Birds in the third game of this series. Clutch two out hits were also the key to this game.
The Cyclones began their second pass through the starting rotation tonight. Opening Day starter; Eduardo Aldama made his second start and kept Aberdeen hitless through the first three innings while his team-mates put four early runs on the board.
The Cyclones scored their first run on an errant throw by Iron Bird shortstop; Mychal Givens. And Nelfi Zapata had an RBI single for a second Cyclones' run in the second inning. In the third, the Cyclones scored another two runs. Daniel Muno led off the inning with a double. Charles Thurber was next and followed with another double, scoring Muno. Thurber stole third, then scored on a yet another Cyclone double by Brian Harrison to make it a 4-0 game.
Eduardo Aldama stayed strong through five innings. And Coach Donnelly sent him out for the sixth. He struck out the last batter he faced before arriving at his allotted pitch count for the game. Through his 5.2 innings of work, he allowed only one Aberdeen hit which came in the fifth inning. Aldama walked three batters and struck out five. He has a 1.86 ERA through his first two games.
Making his third appearance this season, Guillaume Leduc came in from the bullpen to relieve Aldama. He managed the last out of the sixth, but Aberdeen roughed him up in the seventh inning. He faced four batters and all four hit safely. Throw in a wild pitch, and the game was now a 4-2 affair. Hunter Carnevale was called in to protect the Cyclones' diminishing lead, and successfully negotiated the rest of the seventh inning without further damage.
The Cyclones picked up a very important insurance run in the bottom of the inning. Muno, Thurber, and Brian Harrison combined again to string together three consecutive two out hits. Daniel Muno scored Brooklyn's fifth run on Harrison's RBI.
In Carnevale's two innings of work, he gave up two hits; no runs; and struck out two. It earned him his second game Hold. T.J. Chism retired the side in order in the ninth inning to record his second Save.
The Brooklyn Cyclones improved their McNamara Division leading record to 5-1. They are tied with the Pickney Division leading Auburn Doubledays for the League's best record. The second place Staten Island Yankees trail Brooklyn by 1.5 games.
The Cyclones are taking a two game trip up the thruway to play the Hudson Valley Renegades before returning home on Saturday to finish that series.
* The Trio of Daniel Muno; Charles Thurber; and Brian Harrison
Combined on two rallies. ~ 5 for 12; 3 runs; 2 rbi; 3 doubles.
* Eduardo Aldama- win; 1 hit in 5.2 innings pitched.