Tri-City Trips Cyclones To Win Penn League Championship
Midnight arrived at an inopportune time for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Tuesday night.The New York Penn league McNamara Division Champions uncharacteristically played their worst game in the playoffs. By committing three errors in the fifth inning, it allowed Tri-City to score the two go ahead runs as they went on to capture the Penn League title, 5-1, to sweep the best of three series.
After two consecutive nights of rainouts, Brooklyn could not get their bats going in this series, only scratching five out of their 8 hits total against Tri-City on Tuesday.
“I told them to remember the feeling they are having now. I thought we wasn’t quite fully prepared the way I thought we would be,” Cyclones manager Wally Backman said after he talked to his team following the game.
Tri-City’s Carloz Quevedo held Brooklyn in check, allowing only one run and three hits in 7 innings of work. Cyclones starting pitcher Yohan Almonte, who led the league in ERA, struggled in allowing three runs in 4 and two thirds innings.
Brooklyn CF Darrell Ceciliani had three hits as one of the few bright lights on an otherwise forgettable night. Recently announced as the New York Mets Sterling Award winner as the Cyclones MVP, the 20-year old felt his team came up short in all terms of performance.
“It’s disappointing because it was a great season. They were playing good ball at the right time and they wanted it more,” a disappointed Ceciliani said. “We was definitely the best team in the Penn League and we proved it all year. When it came to the playoffs, we didn’t show up.”
Backman was ultimately pleased with the performances of such players as Ceciliani, OF Cory Vaughn and reliever Ryan Fraser. He believes those players have a good chance to reach the majors one day and make up for their playoff defeat.
“We developed players and what is inside some players that you can’t teach. Especially in this younger level,” Backman said. “A few of them will get to the ultimate level, I told them to remember this when you have this opportunity again.”