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SHAKY DEFENSE COSTS CYCLONES, 5-2

Brooklyn, -- July 9, 2013 -- The Cyclones three game win streak came to an end on Tuesday afternoon in a loss to the Lowell Spinners, 5-2. The Cyclones offense put together a few consecutive hits in the bottom of the seventh to get on the board, but it would not be enough to overcome a four run deficit.

Coming off a strong last start in which Carlos Valdez tossed six scoreless innings, Valdez got off to a rocky start in the first inning giving the early lead to the Spinners. Valdez walked the first two batters he faced, and leadoff man Tzu-Wei Lin advanced to third on a sac fly. With runners at the corners Aaron King grounded out to first baseman Alex Sanchez for a double play, but Sanchez took it himself to first forcing the tag to be made at second. Lin reached home plate before the Cyclones made the tag out at second, giving the Spinners a 1-0 lead to end the top half of the first.

Valdez quickly turned it around though and had a no hitter going into the fifth, but gave up a hit at the start of the inning to Nick Moore. There was a duel no hitter through three innings until Ismael Tijerina hit a single up the middle in the fourth for the first hit of the game off of Lowell starter Ty Buttrey.

After Valdez allowed his first hit, things began to spiral downwards in the fifth. Immediately after Moore’s single, Williams Jerez doubled to centerfield putting runners on second and third for the Spinners. Both Moore and Jerez scored on consecutive groundouts that were hit deep enough in the middle of the infield to advance them. With two outs, Valdez thought he was out of the inning with a groundball hit to third by Cleuluis Rondon, but third baseman Anthony Chavez threw the ball passed first base allowing Rondon to reach first and advance to second. Kevin Mager then hit a single to right field driving in Rondon, increasing the Spinners lead to 4-0. That would be all for Valdez, who finished with 4.2 IP, allowing three hits, four runs (three earned), four walks and one strike out. The Spinners added another run in the top of the ninth inning on an error by L.J. Mazzilli. Mazzilli missed a chance at a double play allowing a groundball to go through his legs, scoring Miguel Rodriguez from second. Mazzilli accounted for two errors on the day, his only two of the season.

The Cyclones best opportunity for runs came in the bottom of the seventh when they got three straight hits in effort to start a rally. Matt Oberste got things going with a leadoff double down the right field line. Sanchez followed with a single up the middle that moved Oberste to third. On a similar hit as Sanchez, Rivero drove in Oberste from third to cut the Spinners lead to 4-1. Tomas Nido could not keep the rally going, grounding out to third for a double play. Chavez then grounded out to end the inning. The Cyclones scored their second run on an RBI double from Rivero, giving him two hits and two RBI on the day. Rivero leads the Cyclones in multi-hit games with eight.

The Cyclones will return to MCU Park when they take on the Mahing Valley Scrappers  on Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00 PM. For tickets call 718-507-TIXX, go to the MCU ticket window or click here.

Brooklyn, -- July 9, 2013 -- The Cyclones three game win streak came to an end on Tuesday afternoon in a loss to the Lowell Spinners, 5-2. The Cyclones offense put together a few consecutive hits in the bottom of the seventh to get on the board, but it would not be enough to overcome a four run deficit.

Coming off a strong last start in which Carlos Valdez tossed six scoreless innings, Valdez got off to a rocky start in the first inning giving the early lead to the Spinners. Valdez walked the first two batters he faced, and leadoff man Tzu-Wei Lin advanced to third on a sac fly. With runners at the corners Aaron King grounded out to first baseman Alex Sanchez for a double play, but Sanchez took it himself to first forcing the tag to be made at second. Lin reached home plate before the Cyclones made the tag out at second, giving the Spinners a 1-0 lead to end the top half of the first.

Valdez quickly turned it around though and had a no hitter going into the fifth, but gave up a hit at the start of the inning to Nick Moore. There was a duel no hitter through three innings until Ismael Tijerina hit a single up the middle in the fourth for the first hit of the game off of Lowell starter Ty Buttrey.

After Valdez allowed his first hit, things began to spiral downwards in the fifth. Immediately after Moore’s single, Williams Jerez doubled to centerfield putting runners on second and third for the Spinners. Both Moore and Jerez scored on consecutive groundouts that were hit deep enough in the middle of the infield to advance them. With two outs, Valdez thought he was out of the inning with a groundball hit to third by Cleuluis Rondon, but third baseman Anthony Chavez threw the ball passed first base allowing Rondon to reach first and advance to second. Kevin Mager then hit a single to right field driving in Rondon, increasing the Spinners lead to 4-0. That would be all for Valdez, who finished with 4.2 IP, allowing three hits, four runs (three earned), four walks and one strike out. The Spinners added another run in the top of the ninth inning on an error by L.J. Mazzilli. Mazzilli missed a chance at a double play allowing a groundball to go through his legs, scoring Miguel Rodriguez from second. Mazzilli accounted for two errors on the day, his only two of the season.

The Cyclones best opportunity for runs came in the bottom of the seventh when they got three straight hits in effort to start a rally. Matt Oberste got things going with a leadoff double down the right field line. Sanchez followed with a single up the middle that moved Oberste to third. On a similar hit as Sanchez, Rivero drove in Oberste from third to cut the Spinners lead to 4-1. Tomas Nido could not keep the rally going, grounding out to third for a double play. Chavez then grounded out to end the inning. The Cyclones scored their second run on an RBI double from Rivero, giving him two hits and two RBI on the day. Rivero leads the Cyclones in multi-hit games with eight.

The Cyclones will return to MCU Park when they take on the Mahing Valley Scrappers on Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00 PM. For tickets call 718-507-TIXX, go to the MCU ticket window or click here.



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