From the desk of: THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS
BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Saturday Night Scoreboard Watching.
BROOKLYN Snared In One-Hit Shut-Out Against Tri-City; Strikeout 16 Times.
STATEN ISLAND Loses To LOWELL Spinners; Cyclones stay 2.5 Games Back of Yankees.
Cyclones Lose Ground in Wild Card; Williamsport Defeats Jamestown.
The Tri-City Valley Cats scored a first inning run on one hit off Brooklyn starter, Jeffery Walters. Then both teams settled in afterwards for what proved to be another pitcher's duel for the Cyclones at Coney Island. Valley Cat starting pitcher; Nicholas Trapeano; retired the Cyclones in order his first time through the line-up; striking out five of them. And after three innings the score remained 1-0, Tri-City.
Up in Lowell, MA., the Yankees and Spinners were tied at one apiece in the sixth inning. And in Williamsport, the Crosscutters and Jamestown Jammers were getting ready to start their 7pm game.
After the fifth inning in Coney Island, the score remained 1-0. The Cyclones also remained hitless to this point heading into the sixth. In Lowell, the game between the Spinners and Staten Island was still tied 1-1 after eight.
Tied after nine, they'd go into extra-innings in Lowell. The line red six hits for the Yankees and five for the Spinners. Each team committed an error. Meanwhile in Brooklyn, the Cyclones fell behind 2-0 after the top of the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the first inning in Williamsport, the Crosscutters buzzed-up the Jammers with three hits and four runs. In Lowell, they headed into the bottom of the tenth. For the Cyclones in the bottom of the sixth inning; no hits; no runs. Brooklyn batters thus far struck out nine times against Valley Cats' starter, Nicholas Trapeano.
Tri-City took a 3-0 lead over Brooklyn in the visitors half of the seventh inning. The Cyclones' first error of the game led to an unearned run. Then finally in the home seventh, T.J. Rivera secured the first Cyclone hit of the game. But they couldn't muster much else. The score remained 3-0.
Meanwhile out in Williamsport, the Crosscutters were still leading 4-0 in the third. Then finally, the Cyclones caught a break of sorts. Not in Coney Island; but up in Lowell. The Spinners scored in the bottom of the 10th inning to win the game 2-1; and ensuring the Cyclones would remain; at worst; 2.5 games behind Staten Island after tonight's games go final.
In Coney Island, the Beach Boyz were down to their last six outs. The eighth inning yielded nothing in the way of runs nor hits for Brooklyn. More nifty fielding on Brooklyn's part kept the Valley Cats off the scoreboard in the top of the ninth.
The Crossscutters were still leading the Jammers 4-0 after six innings.
In the home team's last licks in Brooklyn, the Cyclones went down quietly to end the game with only one hit and no runs over nine innings. They struck out sixteen times against Tri-City pitchers.
The Crosscutters upped their lead over Jamestown 5-0 heading into the eighth inning. Then, the game ended with a 5-1 final score. Jamestown spoiled the shut-out in the ninth. Williamsport now holds a one game lead over Brooklyn for the Wild Card spot.
There are fifteen games left in the season now. And rain has wreaked havoc on the schedule. Teams will end the regular season having played an unequal number of games. And it may play a big part in the pennant races.
That's the way it unfolded tonight; August 20, 2011.