On Thursday, former Cyclone Chris Schwinden took the mound for the Mets as the starting pitcher in Game One of a twin bill. The righthander became the 32nd Cyclone to get the call to the big leagues.
“The nerves took over a little bit,” Schwinden admitted. “It kind of messed with my mechanics a little bit. I was rushing a little bit. I was just a little off-balance. Later on in the game I started feeling it a little again and started throwing a few more strikes and got guys out.”
Although Schwinden, who went 4-1 with a 2.01 ERA in 14 games with the Cyclones in 2008, didn’t get the win, he impressed Terry Collins.
“He battled his way through five innings and threw a lot of pitches — 100 in five innings,” Collins said. “I thought that was enough. He kept us in the game, that’s for sure. He gave us all we could have asked for.”