Cyclones Season Ends In NYPL Playoff Semifinals
The Cyclones season came to a close last Monday night as Brooklyn fell to the Hudson Valley Renegades, in a decisive Game Three, by the score of 2-0. With the loss, Brooklyn’s season comes to an end in the New York- Penn League semifinals for the second consecutive season. Brooklyn managed only one hit in the game, a third inning single from Phillip Evans, and failed to get a runner aboard in the final five innings of the contest.
After the Cyclones threatened in the top of the first, the Renegades drew first blood in the bottom of the frame. Luis Cessa made the start for Brooklyn and quickly found himself in trouble. Joey Rickard led off the frame with a single and came around to score two batters later when Tommy Coyle connected on an RBI triple to left-centerfield. With Luke Maile batting, Cessa uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Coyle to score and made it 2-0 Renegades after one.
After the first inning, Cessa settled down for the Cyclones and kept the Renegades off the scoreboard. The righthander tossed 6.0 innings, allowing just the two first inning runs, on four hits while walking one and striking out three.
But the Brooklyn bats were never able to get going. Hudson Valley starter Taylor Guerrieri allowed one hit while walking five and hitting a batter over his 4.0 innings of work but Brooklyn never mounted a threat after the first inning.
Brandon Henderson (1-0) was first out of the pen for the ‘Gades and tossed 4.1 perfect innings, striking out six and retiring each of the 13 batters he faced before turning the ball over to Ryan Garton. The Hudson Valley reliever recorded the final two outs to close out the 2-0 win.
The Cyclones finished the 2012 season with a record of 45-31. The team has finished with a record of at least .500 for the 12th straight year. Since 2001, Brooklyn has never finished a season with a losing record
Brooklyn ended the season with five pitchers in the top 15 in the NYPL in ERA. Luis Mateo, Hansel Robles, Gabriel Ynoa, Luis Cessa, and Rainy Lara all post an ERA below 3.00. Right-handed pitcher Hansel Robles finished the season with a league-low 1.11 ERA, which breaks right hander Eric Brown’s mark of 1.16 set in 2006.
Right-handed pitcher Rainy Lara tied Lowell’s William Cuevas with a league-high of eight wins. Lara had 77 strikeouts, second only to teammate Luis Mateo, who had 85. Robles was fifth in the category, having fanned 66 batters.
Four Cyclones hurlers took part in the NYPL All-Star Game on August 14 at Eastwood Field in Niles, OH. Luis Mateo made the start and struck out a pair in his inning of work. Hansel Robles and Gabriel Ynoa also pitched in scoreless innings of relief. Left-handed pitcher John Mincone earned the win for the National League All-Stars after striking out the only two batters he faced. Mateo was the second Cyclones pitcher to start the All-Star Game (Parnell, 2005), and Mincone was the first to factor in the decision.
Brooklyn scored a season-high 12 runs on August 17 at Tri-City. Outfielder Brandon Nimmo helped power the Cyclones to a 12-4 victory over the ValleyCats that day as he blasted a ninth-inning grand slam. The Cyclones had just two grand slams this season, and both were hit by Nimmo. The first blast was part of a 6-2 win on June 30 at home over the Aberdeen IronBirds.
Catcher Kevin Plawecki was the only Cyclones player to hit multiple home runs in a game. On August 19, Plawecki hit two solo shots to lead the team to a 2-0 victory over the Lake Monsters in Vermont
Brooklyn lead the New York-Penn League in attendance for the 12th consecutive season and once again made MCU Park a must-see summer destination on the shores of Coney Island. Although the season didn’t end as Brooklyn fans would have hoped, the Cyclones did finish above .500 for the 12th consecutive season – a feat that only three other teams in all of professional baseball can claim.