Cyclones Watch: Bullish Brooklyn
by Nigel Chiwaya
Jul 08, 2009 | 5629 views | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Latest: So much for the showdown against Tri-City. The Cylones continue to roll through the Pacific Coast League. Last week, the Tri-City Valley Cats were the latest victims, getting swept an astounding six games by the ‘Clones. Brooklyn’s been getting good pitching lately, as the gave up a total of 15 runs in the six games- eight of which came in Brooklyn’s 9-8 victory on July 6th. Brooklyn’s 15-2 record is by far the best in the New York-Penn League.

Cyclone of the Week: Pitcher Mark Cohoon was dominant last week. On July 2nd, Cohoon pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out 8 batters to lead Brooklyn to a 5-0 victory over Tri-City. On the season, Cohoon is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA.

Notable Performance: Nick Giarraputo snapped out of a hitting funk in a big way. After going 0-7 in his previous two games, the Brooklyn third baseman homered in his first at bat on July 6th. The homer, his first of the season, was part of a 2-5 night for Giarraputto, who is batting .231 on the season with 9 RBI.

Upcoming Games: The Cyclones will be facing their cross-town rivals this weekend, as they travel to Staten Island to play the Yankees on July 10th and 12th. The teams will also play at Keyspan on July 11th.

Upcoming Promotions: July 15th is Batting Helmet day (the first 2,500 fans will get a Cyclones batting helmet). The first 5,000 fans will also receive free paintball passes.

Cyclones Blow Past Tri City, 9-8

The Brooklyn Cyclones (15-2) scored nine runs to win their ninth straight game on Monday afternoon, in a matinee 9-8 slugfest victory over the Tri-City Valley Cats (5-10). Monday’s game in Troy, NY began at 11:00am.

3B Nick Giarraputo put the Cyclones on the board right away, with a two-run home run -- his first of the year -- in the first inning. Giarraputo (pictured, by George Napolitano) finished the day 1-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

DH Dock Doyle later belted a bases-loaded, three-run triple in the third inning. It was Doyle’s second triple in as many games. The next batter, RF Luis Rivera, then crushed a two-run home run to cap a five-run inning for Brooklyn. Rivera finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, and now leads the league with a .417 average. LF Alex Gregory and SS Luis Nieves each chipped in one RBI, as well.

RHP Collin McHugh started for Brooklyn, but left the game after 3.2 innings, and was not eligible for the win. LHP Lance Hoge relieved McHugh, and surrendered three runs in 2.2 innings. LHP Matias Carrillo (1-0) then shut down Tri-City over 2.1 innings for his first win, before RHP Michael Powers closed out the game with a strikeout for his third save of the season. Both Carrillo and Powers have yet to allow a run all season.

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