A Long and Quiet Bus Ride Home
Brooklyn's three-run first inning goes for nought as Cyclones starter Joshua Walker is knocked out of the box at Troy after just 1.2 innings pitched. A throwing error by shortstop Manny Rodriguez in the first paves the way for a pair of unearned runs. Walker winds up allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits, including a second inning home run from Tri City Valley Cats second baseman Enmanual Valdez.
Tylor Megill answers the early call to the bullpen, pitching 3.1 scoreless innings through the fifth in relief of Walker. The Cyclones tie the game at five in the top of the sixth. However, Megill surrenders two runs on three hits (two for extra bases) in the bottom half of the frame. Brooklyn rallies in the eighth, but come up a run short. The Valley Cats prevail by a 7-6 margin, and thus sweep visiting Brooklyn at Joe Bruno Stadium.
The Cyclones are back at Coney Island this evening where they'll host the Connecticut Tigers, whom most recently were swept by the Hudson Valley Renegades. Brooklyn thus enters Thursday's series opener three full games behind the first place Renegades, with only twelve games remaining in the regular season.
Brooklyn and Hudson Valley square off next week in the penultimate series of the season. Till then, the Cyclones must overcome the Tigers and Vermont Lake Monsters, and hope that Troy and the Staten Island Yankees trip up the Renegades at Hudson Valley.
Both the Cyclones and Staten Island Pizza Rats are tied in the Wild Card standings, one-half game behind the Auburn Doubledays. The outer borough rivals close out the regular season this coming Labor Day weekend at the Ballpark at St. George.
Despite suffering a sweep at Troy, opportunity is still on Brooklyn's side. But if they are to clinch the McNamara Division or draw the Wild Card, it's up to them to seize the day.