2006-09-08 / Sports

Clutch Gamero Gives Cyclones One Last Gasp For Playoff Berth

By Elio Velez


The Brooklyn Cyclones playoff stretch drive has been boosted by a player that has been in the center of attention in their push for a wild card spot in the New York Penn League. RF Jesus Gamero has gotten used to the Keyspan Park crowds and the big spotlight when he played 53 games here in 2005. In his second go-around, the 22 year old Venezuelan was brought down from higher single A Hagerstown, where batted .321 in 38 games to provide a spark in the offense. Though the numbers aren't that impressive as Gamero batted .182 in 23 games as a Cyclones, it's more about timing of hits that have made an impact in the final week of the season. None was more impressive and more needed than his late game heroics in an important doubleheader sweep of Lowell on Labor Day at home.

The multi-tool player was needed in the rescheduled two seven inning games. Falling behind for the entire ballgame, the Cyclones were down 2-1 in the seventh but had the bases loaded against the sidearmer Josh Paplebon, brother of Red Sox rookie ace closer Jonathan. With the count 0-1, Gamero knocked an 0-1 pitch for a bases loaded single to give the Cyclones, who trailed throughout the entire game, a 3-2 victory.

"Everytime I'm excited to help the team because I came here to help the team to make the playoffs. Everytime I do something different and it's a great feeling," Gamer said.

"I'm feeling comfortable at the plate. When I go up there, I just think it's another bat. I know what I need to do."

The next game, the multi-tool player used his speed to affect another outcome in the nightcap. Tied at 2 in the bottom of the seventh, Gamero, who says he increased his workouts this season to improve his running, needed his legs to run from first base to score on a DJ Wabick double to give Brooklyn another 3-2 victory.

Another circumstance where he used his multi-faceted tools was to help lead others to victory but not at Keyspan Park. The torrential rains from Hurricane Ernesto blanketed the city last Saturday and knocked out subway service for most of Brooklyn, especially the N train he was riding on when it went out of service at Kings Highway. Gamero and Cyclones legendary radio announcer Warner Fusselle were both riding the train when debris fell on the tracks forcing the cancellation of service southbound to Coney Island.

Needing to return to the ballpark where eventually the game would be canceled later on in the day, Gamero helped lead a contingent of people to Coney Island.

"It was funny because they take us out of the train and some Chinese people stopped me and they didn't speak English. They were just behind me and followed me to the two buses and we took it to get here (Keyspan Park). They were behind me all the time. They said nothing except saying I go to Coney Island!!"

New York Mets pitcher Brian Bannister had his number 19 uniform retired by the Cyclones on Sept. 6. He played in the 2003 season .... At presstime, the Cyclones may have been eliminated from the postseason by Aberdeen or hosting a first round playoff game on Saturday night at 6 p.m. against Staten Island or Tri-City.

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