2002-08-31 / Sports

Brookyln Cyclones Update…

Losing Ground in Playoff Hunt
By Elio Velez

Brookyln Cyclones Update...
By Elio Velez

The Brooklyn Cyclones are starting to slowly fade in the NY Penn League Playoff race. Brooklyn is still behind Williamsport, Auburn and Mahoning Valley in the wild card race. At this point of the season, they need to win almost all of their regular season games to have a chance at just the wild card.

Third place Brooklyn played the hot Staten Island Yankees and was beaten on August 27 by the score of 3-0. Staten Island, who leads the McNamara division over second place Williamsport, also leads the league in ERA and shutouts. That dominating pitching led Brooklyn to lose its 16th game at home. Brooklyn was 30-8 last season on their way to winning the division.

What has been evident all season for the Cyclones is their inability to hit in the clutch and it was apparent in their 4-3 loss to Lowell on a gray and rainy August 24.

"We just didn't get the hit when we needed it", Manager Howard Johnson said after the game. "We had a couple of opportunities and we didn't make adjustments on their guys. You fall into a rap when you get behind."

Johnson noted that the rainy conditions and overcast clouds led to a strange day for the whole team.

Scott Kazmir gave up 2 quick runs in the first inning but then used his outstanding fastball and slider to strike out 10 batters in 5 innings. Kamir spoke about his adjustments to professional ball. "It is still a big adjustment for me to face hitters in high school and here", Kazmir said. "I want to get hitters out if they are using aluminum or wooden bats."

With one week left in the season, Brooklyn will face a daunting schedule with a doubleheader on August 30th in New Jersey and return home to face Williamsport in the last three games of the regular season. The Cyclones have to win and scoreboard watch for their wild card chances.

Miguel Pinango pitched the greatest Cyclones performance in their history as he pitched a no hitter until he gave up a hit with 2 outs in the ninth in a 5-0 win over Lowell. Pinango has now won 2 in a row.

Kevin Deaton has turned into this season's version of Ross Peeples with his victory over Williamsport on August 25. Deaton is now 7-0, with 83 strikeouts and 2.5 ERA.

Turay leaves the Cyclones

Not present in the lineup during the last few weeks has been outfielder Alhaji Turay. Once leading the Cyclones and the league in batting, Turay was sent home to Auburn, Washington for disciplinary reasons following the Cyclones road trip to Aberdeen, MD on August 13th. The 20-year-old Turay was playing his first full season in Brooklyn. The Mets organization will decide when Turay will return, which will most likely be for instructional training in the offseason.

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