Cyclone Watch: Brooklyn Bounces Back
by Nigel Chiwaya
Jul 29, 2009 | 2099 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Latest: After a tough middle-portion of the month, the Cyclones have righted their ship. Brooklyn has won five straight games, dating back to July 22, including a three-game sweep of the rival Staten Island Yankees. At 26-11, the Cyclones are still in first place in the New York-Penn League McNamara Division, 5.5 games ahead of second-place Hudson Valley. But there have been bumps. Prior to the winning streak, Brooklyn had lost nine of their previous 14 games.

Cyclone of the Week: RHP Michael Powers (Michigan) has established himself as a go-to option in the bullpen for the Cyclones. Powers has given up only two runs in his last five appearances, while amassing 8 strikeouts. On July 27 against Aberdeen, Powers pitched two scoreless innings, punching out 3 batters. On the year, Powers is 2-1 with 7 saves, 28 strikeouts and a 2.59 ERA.

Notable Performance: Nicholas Santomauro (Dartmouth) might be struggling to get hits lately, but at least he’s making his hits count. The outfielder, who is batting .238 on the season, went 2-7 in two games against Staten Island last week. The two hits? Solo home runs.

Upcoming Games: After finishing up a five-game set against the Yankees, the schedule gets a little easier, as the Cyclones play eight games against Hudson Valley, Bataiva, and Jamestown, teams with a combined record of 55-59.

Upcoming Promotions: Monday August 3 is Darryl Strawberry night, and the Cyclones will honor the legendary Met by giving the first 2,500 fans a “strawbobble”- a bobble-head depicting the slugger. Strawberry will also throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.
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