2005-08-25 / Sports

Parnell Rises To All Star Pitcher

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taries that appeared at Keyspan Park. Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon, Mets Vice President Jim Duquette and Minor League Farm Director Gary Lacroque were also in attendance.

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It’s a tough stretch for the Cyclones, as they trail two teams for the wild card spot and have 14 games left to not be shutout of the playoffs.

They won’t catch Staten Island, who has runaway from all opponents by leading the New York Penn League in wins and Brooklyn by nine games in the McNamara Division.

At 32-28, Brooklyn’s offense is ranked 11 out of 14 teams with a batting average of .243. It has not helped a pitching staff that is third in the league in ERA.

With a number of injuries to key players such as Petersen, Manager Mookie Wilson has not given up hope entirely. The one bright spot have been their ability to bounce back from deficits in ball games.

After a 9-6 win last Sunday against Aberdeen, in which in the Cyclones were down twice in the game, manager Mookie Wilson just had to smile about their good fortune.

“The kids look like crap one night but the next night they play like the Yankees,” Wilson joked after the game. “But that’s what the kids have done. They’ve been able to bounce back from bad games. I’ll say it again. That’s the one thing that impresses me about them.”

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