2004-09-10 / Sports

Rain Puts Brooklyn Cyclones In Wait And See Limbo Game

By Elio Velez

The Brooklyn Cyclones have had a crazy few weeks to say the least. After falling to second place with a week left in the regular season, the Cyclones went on a 5-1 tear to clinch the division over Hudson Valley.

In their first game of a best of three divisional playoffs last Monday, Brooklyn battled against Tri City, who had the second best team record behind Auburn in the N.Y. Penn League.

Cyclones pitcher Evan MacLane pitched through the fourth inning and sixth inning jams to win the first game of the series 2-0. With one out and runners on first and third in the fourth inning, MacLane induced Hunter Pence to ground to a 1-6-3 double play to get out of the inning.

“It was huge,” MacLane says. “I didn’t want to get too hyped up in that situation. I need to get a ground ball and it turns out I got the double play. I went out there and I stepped up to help my team win.”

With the same situation in the sixth inning, MacLane struck out league leading home run hitter Matt Garza and got Hunter Pence to lazily fly out to Centerfielder Derran Watts.

In the bottom of the sitxth, Jim Burt singled in Dante Brinkley to score the first run of the game and Eddy Camacho finished off a 2 inning save to get the 2-0 win.

In the second game in Troy, N.Y., first game hero Eddy Camacho became the goat. He gave up a two run homer to league leading hitter Ben Zobrist to tie the game at 2 in the eighth inning. In the 9th inning, outfielder Matt Einertson’s game winning RBI single gave Tri-City a 3-2 home win.

As of press time, the third game was postponed Wednesday due to the remnants of Hurricane Frances. The game was suspended with the Cyclones leading 3-1 in the third inning. All stats will be erased as the third game restarts from the first inning.

Both teams tried to play the ballgame according to an article by Newsday writer Solange Reyner

“It was a collective effort,” Tri-City Valley Cats general manager Rick Murphy said. “We felt that is was important to get the game started, even though inclement weather was pending and we were caught between a rock and a hard place, but you can’t control Mother Nature.”

With weather reports leaning towards heavy rain for last night’s game, the Cyclones may be forced to wait until tonight to play the deciding game. If they win, Brooklyn will have to travel after the game in a seven-hour bus ride to Niles, Ohio to play on Saturday against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. The second and if needed third game will be played at Keyspan Park on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The Auburn Doubledays, who had the best record in the league with a 50-24 record, were swept in two games by the wild card winning Scrappers. If the Cyclones lose, the season is over and may blame Hurricane Frances as one reason that they did not advance to the Penn League championship.

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