Cyclones Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short

BROOKLYN- The Brooklyn Cyclones ninth inning rally fell short losing to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 6-5 Sunday night, when center fielder Corey Coles was thrown out trying to steal second base, which left the 8,262 in attendance in shock, and also surprised Cyclones manager Tony Tijerina.

"Wow…I'll tell you, good things happen, and then all of a sudden it comes to an abrupt end like that" said a disappointed Tony Tijerina following the game.

The Cyclones were down 6-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, and got two runs in off a Caleb Stewart sacrifice fly which scored third baseman Grant Psomas, who led off the inning with a walk, and a Corey Coles single which drove in short stop Ryan Coultas, who followed Psomas with a single. With Dante Brinkley at the plate, Scrapper right hander Hector Santana threw a breaking ball the skidded to the right side of Scrappers catcher Wyatt Toregas. At that point Coles broke for second base, however was thrown out in his attempt to get into scoring position.

"I told Corey [Coles], I have a sign that I give him about ball in the dirt, and to be sure. He was aggressive, and he would not have gone if he wasn't sure about it" said Tijerina. "When it first got away from the catcher, I looked up and he was gone, so I know he reacted quickly, and the catcher had to make a great throw and the short stop picked it, and bang, bang he was out."

Tijerina encourages his players to be aggressive, however stresses to his players everyday to be smart about it.

"I call it aggressive with intelligence. We can't just run into outs. You got to have information, you got to time pitchers to the plate, know what kind of arm strength the catcher has, and you have to have a good count to run on" Tijerina said. "I educate the base runners on those things, so we don't just get on, and run recklessly. We have a plan, and run with percentages."

The Cyclones got two runs in the first inning on a Tyler Davidson double, scoring left fielder Dante Brinkley, and an Ambiorix Concepcion sacrifice fly scoring right fielder Derran Watts.

Brooklyn however was shut out in the middle innings when Scrappers reliever Kyle Collins (1-1) entered the game, and retired twelve of the first thirteen hitters he faced.

The Cyclones have scored a total of twenty runs in innings one through three, and a total of twenty three runs in innings four through ten (one extra inning game).

"We have been scoring early" Tijerina said. "The problem has been in the middle to late innings that have flattened out for us. One thing I have been stressing to the guys is that no lead is safe in this league."

Ten games into the season the Cyclones have settled into a rotation, and appear to be settling into an everyday lineup. Outfielders Dante Brinkley, Derran Watts, Corey Coles, Ambiorix Concepcion to go along with infielders Tyler Davidson and Bryan Zech have been the six constants in the Cyclones lineup. Manager Tony Tijerina is very pleased with the results from those six players.

"I put together the numbers today with the six guys in the lineup, who have been in the lineup and they have a combined six man average of 291, which is good." Tijerina said.

When Watts finishes his rehab assignment, which ends on July 18th, infielder Ryan Coultas, the Mets 6th round draft choice in this years draft, could slide into the two hole with Brinkley moving down to the three hole.

"Coultas I know is a 2-0 type of hitter, and I just wanted to put him in the seventh spot for now to let him get his feet wet" said Tijerina. "When we lose Watts, maybe Coultas fits into the two hole and move Brinkley to the three hole if he can hit the ball in the gaps consistently.

Joe Williams, Evan MacLane, Will Quaglieri, Michael Devaney and Ivan Maldonado are the five starters in the Cyclones rotation, with Edgar Alfonzo penciled in to appear in relief of every Joe Williams start and Jeff Landing the same when Evan MacLane, or Will Quaglieri pitches.

Notes: Miami University first baseman and Mets 19th round pick Jim Burt Jr. has officially signed with the Mets, and will join the Cyclones as soon as his contract is approved by the commissioners office, which should happen by the middle of the week. Burt is expected to share first base and designated hitting duties with current first baseman Tyler Davidson…Joe Williams (1-0 1.93) will take the mound for the Cyclones Monday night with Edgar Alfonzo pitching in relief. First pitch for the final game of the three game series with the Scrappers is scheduled for 7:00pm.

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