Cyclones Set For Home Opener Tuesday Night

Brooklyn Cyclones baseball returns to Keyspan Park Tuesday night after a 285 day hiatus. The last time the Cyclones were on the field, playing a game at Keyspan, fans left disappointed after watching the Cyclones getting swept in the finals of the New York- Penn League Championship.<br> <br> The home opener means a lot to the fans of the Cyclones, and the people of Brooklyn.

"The home opener signifies the start of a great summer for me. Baseball in Brooklyn; there is nothing that competes" say's "Toni" a poster on the Brooklyn Cyclones message board on Yahoo Groups. "It's the start of an exciting summer in Coney Island. The team has the ability to captivate the whole borough. It also gives you a chance to relax, have some fun, and at the same time relive all those wonderful memories of baseball being played in Brooklyn." say's Toni.
The Cyclones (2-2), will be taking on the Hudson Valley Renegades (2-2), who they lost to Monday night 5-4 in 10 innings at Dutchess Stadium.

Ivan Maldonado, who spent time with the Cyclones last season, will be sent down from Capital City, the Mets Single A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, to start the home opener for the Cyclones. Maldonado, an 18th round pick in the 2002 draft, was 2-2 with a 3.80 ERA in 21 innings for Cap City.

Hudson Valley will send left hander Matt Cobb to the mound. Cobb was 2-1 with a 3.34 ERA last season for the Princeton Devil Rays, the Rookie League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Outfielder Dante Brinkley, a 23rd round pick in last years amateur draft, leads the way for the Cyclones offense, with a spark at the top of the lineup. Brinkley has a .385 average (5-13) with six runs scored in the four games so far. Cyclones manager Tony Tijerina mentioned during the Cyclones pre-season workouts that if he had a fast team he would utilize that to the Cyclones advantage, and he has done just that. The Cyclones have stolen fifteen bases while only being caught stealing three times. Outfielders Dante Brinkley, Ambriorix Concepcion, Caleb Stewart, and Darren Watts are the team leaders with three stolen bases each.

The Cyclones pitching has been respectable in the early season. Three of the four Cyclones starters, Joseph Williams, Will Quaglieri and Michael Devaney have combined for a 2.23ERA in 12 1-3 innings. The Cyclones bullpen has posted a 3.56ERA in 20 2-3 innings.

The Cyclones will have some new faces Tuesday joining the club. Catcher Aaron Hathaway, the Mets 2004 fourth round pick, short stop Ryan Coultas, the sixth round pick, and reliever Celso Rondon, a product of the Mets Venezuelan Summer league, who spent the last two seasons with the Kingsport Mets (Rookie League), will be joining the Cyclones roster. Brooklyn is also expected to send some of its current players on the roster down to Kingsport. Those names have not been released as of press time.

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