Cyclones Edged by Valley Cats 2-1

BROOKLYN- Rarely if ever is there an acceptable good news bad news scenario when a team loses. The Brooklyn Cyclones (5-2) however, are the exception to that rule. Despite yesterday's 2-1 loss to the Tri-City Valley Cats, the Cyclones could take solace in the fact that yesterday's starter, Matthew Lindstrom had his second straight strong outing of the season.

Lindstrom, 22, the Mets 10th pick in the 2002 Amateur Draft, was stellar yesterday as he allowed no runs and struck out five through five innings. Although Lindstrom ended up with a no decision, he proved to be in control throughout the game as only one batter made it past second base while he was on the mound. Lindstrom's performance was nearly a carbon copy of his Cyclones debut when he threw seven shutout innings to record his first win against Aberdeen on June 19.

"Lindstrom's been giving us quality innings since he's been here," said manager Tim Teufel. "We were holding him to five innings to give the bullpen a chance to get some innings in."

Brooklyn got on the board first courtesy of Seth Pietsch's solo home run in the second inning. The score would remain that way until the top of the sixth inning when pinch hitter Randy McGarvey smacked a two-run double to give the Valley Cats a 2-1 lead. That was all Tri City would need as Derrick Grigsby completely stymied the Cyclones after getting tagged for that home run in the second. Grigsby ended the day allowing only one run on two hits while striking out four in six innings. Tri City's Brendon Davis pitched the final three innings for the save.

Despite only getting five hits, Tefuel didn't seem to concerned with the lack of production. "We certainly didn't hit for [the pitchers] tonight," he said. "Sometimes the offense just goes flat for the night."

The Cyclones continue their three game series against Tri City tonight at KeySpan Park.


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