2001-07-21 / Sports

Brooklyn Cyclones Update by Emanuel Jalonschi

Brooklyn Cyclones Update by Emanuel Jalonschi

Having defeated the Hudson Valley Renegades by a score of 3-0 this Tuesday, the Cyclones are sitting pretty on top of their division.

The win now makes it twelve victories in a row for the Mets’ single-A affiliate. They are 20-8 and 3.5 games ahead of the second place team, the Staten Island Yankees. The twelve game wave of victories has been fueled by great hitting, pitching and fielding.

At the plate, there are five Cyclones that are batting over .300 over the last ten games. They are led by Jay Caliguri (first-baseman) who, over the last ten games, has batted .378 with 2 home runs and 9 RBI’s. Also in the over .300 club are Mike Jacobs, Brett Kay, Forrest Lawson and Francisco Sosa.

Robert McIntyre, who has been batting below .200, has done an outstanding job at shortstop.

If the Cyclones could only get outfielder Noel Devarez to hit the ball more often, they’d be downright undefeatable. He only has eleven hits, but six of those are home runs.

The Cyclones’ pitching staff has been doing a terrific job. Coming out of the bull-pen they have David Byard (2-0, 14 IP, 0.00 ERA, 10 SO), Mike Cox (3-1, 13.2 IP, 1.32 ERA, 14 SO), Matthew Gahan (2-0, 23.2 IP, 0.38 ERA, 30 SO and got the save against the Renegades) and Jason Scobie (1-0, 14.2 IP, 1.23 ERA, 9 SO).

Their starters have also been doing fairly well. There are three starters that have created a very stable situation for the Cyclones and have started 18 of the team’s 28 games. Ross Peeples is the star pitcher and led them to the victory in the Hudson Valley game by allowing only 2 hits over eight innings. He has started 7 games, won 4, lost none, and has struck out 30 in 32 innings while only walking ten. Great control is this young man’s talent. The other two successful starters are Matthew Peterson (2-2, 33.1 IP, 1.52 ERA, 19 SO) and Luz Portobanco (2-2. 34.1 IP, 1.31 ERA, 28 SO).

This weekend the Cyclones have a four game series at home against Auburn. Then they’ll face the Staten Island Yankees on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

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