From the desk of: THE CONEY ISLAND NINE
BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Making it Hard on Themselves; Not Taking Advantage of Key Loses by Staten Island.
I erroneously sent the Cyclones on the road to Troy a day early in yesterday's post. Sue me. Regardless, Monday was another one of those good news; bad news type of nights.
Staten Island and Williamsport won their games. And in Brooklyn's continuation portion of Sunday's game, the Cyclones failed to comeback from Sunday's deficit and lost to Tri-City 7-4.
But they weren't through. In the second game of the make-up-game double-header, Javier Rodriguez erased a Valley Cat 2-0 lead in the fifth inning with a two RBI double. Then in extra innings; because double-headers are seven inning games; a home run by Amauris Valdez in the bottom of the eighth won it for Brooklyn. It was the first home run of the season for one of the newest Cyclones to sign.
And as Warner Fusselle would go on to say, "Mercy!"
But that was yesterday. This is a pennant race. And tonight, the Cyclones got a bunch of help from their friends. In Staten Island, the Lowell Spinners held off a near-successful comeback by the Yankees who scored three runs in the home ninth but fell one short; - 6-5 win Lowell.
Big props to the Batavia Muckdogs! They took both games of a double-header against the Williamsport Crosscutters out in Western New York by identical 2-1 scores. That was huge, as the Cyclones dropped their game against the Valley Cats by a score of 7-4.
So now, the Cyclones are just 0.5 games behind the Crosscutters for the Wild Card. But they are 3.5 games behind the Yankees in the McNamara Division after recently closing in to within 1.5 games.
Twelve games remain in the regular season. Tomorrow, Brooklyn and Troy go at it again.