Brooks Rally Past 'Cutters in Season Opener

The Brooklyn Cyclones got a small measure of revenge against the Williamsport Crosscutters on Friday night, taking advantage of four Williamsport errors to take a 6-3 win the season opener at Bowman Field.<br> <br> Brooklyn, which lost the 2003 NYPL title to Williamsport a year ago, scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning on designated hitter Jabe Bergeron's grounder to shortstop, which plated Derran Watts.<br>

Watts, who started in centerfield, finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Cyclones starter Joseph Williams pitched four solid innings before showing signs of fatigue in the fifth. Williams, a 17th round pick in this years amateur draft, went 4 1-3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits, walking two and striking out four.

Left-hander Edgar Alfonzo (1-0) earned the victory, despite allowing a three run home run to 'Cutters catcher Milver Reyes in the fifth. He bounced back however, retiring the last eight batters he faced. Alfonzo, the son of former Brooklyn skipper of the same moniker and nephew of former Met Edgardo, joined the Cyclones just hours before the game, and is expected to return to Single-A Kingsport (R) over the weekend. He struck out three and walked one in his 3 2-3 innings of work.

Williamsport's defense faltered in the seventh inning, allowing the Cyclones to get back in the game. Kyle Brown, pinch-running for Bergeron, stole second base; however, on the steal attempt Crosscutters second baseman Euvi Solano allowed the ball to trickle into center field enabling catcher Stacey Bennett, who led the inning off with a double, and advanced to third on a sacrifice fly, to score, cutting the Cyclones deficit to 3-2. After a Watts walk, Cyclones second baseman Kevin Rios hit a ball to center field; nevertheless, Crosscutter's centerfielder Brett Holmes did not catch it cleanly, allowing Rios to go to third with Brown and Wendt scoring giving the Cyclones a 4-3 lead, and they never looked back.

The Cyclones got two more runs in the eighth. After a Watts triple, right-fielder Ambiorix Concepcion singled him home for his first RBI of the season, and that was followed by a Brown single, scoring Concepcion, who stole second, and advanced to third on a Bennett groundout.

Carlos Muniz, the closer for the Cyclones last year before getting hurt, pitched the ninth inning and got the save.

The Cyclones face Williamsport again Saturday night, with first pitch being at 7:05 pm. Right Right hander Matt Capps will take the mound for Williamsport, while Jeff Landing, the Mets 2004 12th round pick out of Virginia Tech, will be making his professional debut.

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