Photo Courtesy of George Napolitano
September 1st-Lowell, MA--The calendar may have turned to September but the Brooklyn Cyclones (42-29) did not relent in their pursuit of a postseason berth, defeating the Lowell Spinners by a score of 7-1 for a series sweep.
Combined with the Williamsport Crosscutters’ (42-31) 8-3 loss to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the Cyclones have moved a full game ahead in the Wildcard Standings heading into their final series against the Staten Island Yankees this weekend at MCU Park.
Backed by a pitching staff that limited the Spinners to just two runs in three games, the Cyclones offensive scored 14 runs in the series that proved to be more than enough support needed.
Brooklyn jumped out to an early lead for the first time in three games by plating three runs in the top of the first off of starter Jas Garcia. Danny Muno led the ballgame off with a single to the shortstop and Charley Thurber doubled to centerfield before Javier Rodriguez ended the scoreless tie quickly with a single to center for a 1-0 lead. Still without any outs, Cole Frenzel added two more runs with a single to right.
Ahead 4-0 in the top of the seventh after an RBI single to left by Richard Lucas in the top of the fifth, Frenzel was back at it again with an RBI single to center. The North Dakota native finished the night 3-for-5 with four RBI after Brooklyn padded an already comfortable lead with two more runs in the top of the ninth off of reliever Kevin Brahney.
Chris Hilliard provided two innings allowing two hits with three strikeouts while Randy Fontanez (1-2) earned his first win of the season by contributing four scoreless innings allowing just three hits with two strikeouts.
The much anticipated three-game set with the Yankees begins tomorrow, 7 PM. Recently added from Kingsport, Domingo Tapia (NR) makes his Brooklyn Cyclones debut against Zach Varce (2-0, 6.14 ERA). The right-hander from Santo Domingo, DR, compiled a 5-5 record with 3.78 ERA in 11 starts for the K-Mets. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a Cyclones Ski Cap courtesy of Pespi and it will be the final fireworks show of the season afterwards. Tickets are still available by calling 1-800- 507-TIXX, at the MCU Park Box Office or on BrooklynCyclones.com.