2001-09-01 / Sports

Brooklyn Cyclones Update by Elio Velez

Brooklyn Cyclones Update by Elio Velez

The Brooklyn Cyclones continue their amazing first season as they clinched a playoff spot with a 7-5 win against the Pittsfield Astros on August 28th. This guarantees the Cyclones to play in the playoff and possibly clinch the division before the end of the season. The Cyclones continue their 4 game lead over Staten Island in the McNamara Division of the Penn League.

The Cyclones had an eventful week as they tried to clinch a playoff berth. In a 12-3 blowout victory against Hudson Valley, a bench-clearing brawl occurred between the two teams. In the 8th inning, Brooklyn scored 8 runs to take command of the game and then the tensions mounted. After a grand slam by Outfielder Frank Corr, the benches cleared and several players from both teams were ejected. Corr leads the team in home runs and RBI.

After losing twice to Mahoning Valley at Keyspan Park, the Cyclones finally clinched a playoff spot with a win against Valley. Pitcher Harold Eckert improved his record to 8-1 and Orlando Roman pitched 2 innings for his first save. First Baseman Jay Caliguiri contributed 2 hits and an RBI. Caliguiri continues to lead the team in batting average.

One possible MVP of the Cyclones could be Outfielder Angel Pagan. In the last half of the season, the Cyclones offense has taken off and a big part of that has been Pagan. As the leadoff hitter, Pagan has set the table for the rest of the offense with his speed and ability to get on base. Once on base, Pagan is a threat to steal as he leads the team with 27 steals. His average has increased to over .300 to place second on the team in batting. Pagan is also an excellent centerfielder with his ability to chase down balls and has a strong arm.

With the regular season winding down, the Cyclones approach is to clinch the division championship. With that, the Cyclones would have home field advantage in the 1st round of the playoffs. Their eventual first round opponent could be the Staten Island Yankees, who are close to clinching a playoff spot.

The Brooklyn Cyclones will finish the regular season with 7 games against Batavia this week. The Cyclones last home games at Keyspan Park will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Cyclones will then play the last three games of the year against Batavia on the road.

The Cyclones have announced that tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 3rd for the NY Penn League playoffs. Tickets will only be sold at the Keyspan Park box office. For information on tickets, call 718-449-8497.

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