2001-09-08 / Sports

Brooklyn Cyclones Update by Elio Velez

Brooklyn Cyclones Update by Elio Velez

The Brooklyn Cyclones prepare for the playoffs as they play the Staten Island Yankees in a three game series that started on Thursday night. The Cyclones had clinched the division with a 7-6 victory against the Batavia Muckdogs, which gave them the home field advantage in the best of three series with Staten Island.

The Cyclones became the first professional team in Brooklyn since the 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers to enter the playoffs. Last Sunday, Brooklyn played their last home game and a record crowd of 8,248 jammed Keyspan Park. The Cyclones completed a regular season attendance record with almost 300,000 fans.

With the Cyclones clinching the division, Manager Edgar Alfonzo rested his starting players and to set up his pitching rotation for the 3 game series. Staten Island is still the defending NY Penn League Single A champions and a tough series should be expected. The McNamara Division’s best of three playoffs started at Staten Island’s Richmond County Bank Ballpark. The Cyclones will most likely start Pitcher Ross Peeples (9-1), against Staten Island’s Jamie Arnold (7-2) on Thursday night.

The series will continue on Friday night in Brooklyn with Game 2. If necessary, Game 3 will also be played in Brooklyn on Saturday night. The winner of the series will go to the championship to play the winner of the Pinckney division’s playoff series.

With such heightened attention on minor league baseball this year, Fox Sports Net will broadcast all of the 3 games. Fox will broadcast Friday night’s game at 10:30 pm on a tape delay and live at 7 pm on Saturday if game three is played. The Wave will have full coverage of the series in the next issue.

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