2001-08-11 / Sports

Brooklyn Cyclones Update By Elio Velez

Brooklyn Cyclones Update By Elio Velez

The Brooklyn Cyclones continue their outstanding play this season in the NY Penn League by going 8-2 in their last 10 games to remain in first place in the McNamara Division. As the weather heats up, so do the bats of the Cyclones, which have skyrocketed in these past games. With the team' outstanding pitching, the Cyclones maintain their lead by 2.5 games over the Staten Island Yankees. Until a loss on August 4th against Lowell, the Cyclones had won an unbelievable 19 straight games at home in Keyspan Park.

What makes it so much easier for Manager Edgar Alfonzo is the pitching that holds the opposition on most nights. On August 5th against Lowell, outfielder Frank Corr even assisted in helping the pitching staff.

Pitching coach Bob Ojeda knew that the team would be shorthanded in the bullpen and could not call up any other pitchers from throughout the Mets' minor league organization. Once Mets' third round pick Lenny Dinardo pitched 4 innings, Ojeda called on Corr, who has not pitched since relieving some games in high school. Corr promptly struggled in giving up three hits and one run to tie the ballgame. He quickly composed himself and did not allow another base runner in his 2 innings of relief work. The Cyclones came back to win the game 2-1.

Pitcher Ross Peeples reclaimed his starting ways after his loss to Auburn with a win against Lowell 7-3 on August 6th. He allowed seven hits and one run in six innings to raise his record to 7 wins and 1 loss. Relief Pitcher David Byard has been the rock in the bullpen. Not only does he lead the team in saves, but he also has a scintillating 0.64 ERA.

The batting for the Cyclones has been impressive in the last few weeks. In the last 9 of 11 ballgames, the Cyclones have hits in double figures. The Cyclones have jumped to first in overall team batting and in home runs. First Baseman Jay Caliguiri continues to pound the ball with a .336 bating average. Third Baseman Joseph Jianetti and Catcher Brett Kay are both hitting over .300.

There is a wave of new pitchers that are docking in Coney Island this month. The pitchers who were recently drafted in the 2001 Draft includes Ryan Olson, a 10th round pick of the Mets and Lenny Dinardo, a 3rd round pick from the 2001 Draft. Olson pitched 3 innings in his first appearance as a Cyclone to gain the save in a 7-3 victory over Lowell. Dinardo, in only 10 innings, has struck out 16 batters.

The Cyclones play a weekend home and away series with Hudson Valley. On Monday and Tuesday, The Cyclones will play another ferry series with the Staten Island Yankees. The Cyclones will be on the road on Monday and return home on Tuesday.

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