Brooklyn Cyclones Update…
By Elio Velez
If there is a good example of a season quickly deteriorating, the Cyclones are the poster boys for deterioration. (The major league equivalent is the Cyclones’ parent organization, the New York Mets) Only 3 games out of the division leading Staten Island Yankees on August 23, Brooklyn went into a deep tailspin and could not recover.
Due to numerous injuries and a complete utter lack of hitting, the Cyclones had lost 10 games in a row and will not make the playoffs this season. The Cyclones have managed to finish the season at 38-38 and whatever hopes were raised for at least a wild card run, were dashed.
The fall of the Cyclones began on August 24 with a loss to Lowell. Coming off a 5-0 almost no hitter by Miguel Pinango, the Cyclones could not get the clutch hit and the 4-3 loss was first round pick Scott Kazmir’s first as a professional. That game was the first sign that Brooklyn could not stay in the pennant race.
The injuries at that point started to mount up. Starting outfielder Ender Chavez had a thumb injury and could not grip a bat. CF Jonathan Slack had a bad back and could not even pinch-hit. First baseman Jay Caliguiri went down with a stress fracture in his left leg. With nagging injuries to John Toner and others, most of the original starting lineup could not play down the stretch.
With the absence of OF Alhaji Turay, who was sent home for disciplinary reasons in mid August, the big bats were out of the lineup. And the offense disappeared like David Caruso’s acting career. (He will try to resurrect his career on CSI: Miami on CBS)
The season was truly over when they was swept by Staten Island at home and was shutout in those three games. The Cyclones offense could not score a run in 34 consecutive innings. In their last 10 games, only Abraham Ayala and third baseman Aaron Baldiris had a .200 batting average. They were eliminated in an embarrassing doubleheader sweep by New Jersey and were outscored 14-2. It was getting worse until….
The Losing Streak Is Over
They broke the streak. It is finally over. Brooklyn finally broke their 10 game losing streak on September 3 by an Elvin Andujar two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th to give the Cyclones a 6-4 victory.
The Cyclones came back in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 4-4 on an RBI single by catcher Jimmy Anderson. With two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Brett Harper singled and Andujar hit a homerun to left field and the Cyclones celebrated the first homerun for Andujar and the first walk-off home run at Keyspan Park.
Post Game Notes
Outfielder Frank Corr and Catcher Joe Hietpas were sent to Columbia, South Carolina to rejoin the Higher Single A Capital City Bombers for the playoffs. Jay Caliguiri will also attend but not play due to injury. Capital City entered the playoffs after winning the first half Southern division of the Southern Atlantic League.
An update of where the players will head in the offseason and how Capital City did in the playoffs will be featured next week.