Fifth Inning Offensive Outburst Aids Cyclones

BROOKLYN- A five run fifth inning for a Cyclones team who has struggled to score in the middle and late innings this year, paved the way for an 8-3 victory Tuesday night.<br> <br> The Cyclones batted around in the fifth inning getting six singles and a triple of Renegades starter Eduardo Delacruz, and side-arming lefty John Price.

"That is really nice" said Cyclones manager Tony Tijerina on the five run fifth inning. "To have a little breathing room, and see the confidence, and the hitting get contagious, it feels really good."

Short stop Ryan Coultas opened the inning with a single which was followed with a walk from catcher Aaron Hathaway. After a balk call on Delacruz moved Coultas to third base and Hathaway to second, Kevin Rios hit a sacrifice fly to left field scoring Coultas for the first run of the inning. Center fielder Corey Coles then hit a triple down the right field line to score Hathaway, which was followed by a Dante Brinkley single scoring Coles. Brinkley then stole second base, and was moved to third base on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Derran Watts. Tyler Davidson followed by driving in his seventh run of the year on a single to center field scoring Brinkley. The final run of the inning came on a single by third base man Grant Psomas scoring Davidson.

The Cyclones pitchers did their job in preserving the victory. Starter Evan MacLane picked up the victory allowing just one run and four hits in his six innings of work. MacLane who spent the first half of the season at Capital City (A) going 5-2 with a 2.39 ERA in 67 2-3 innings expected coming to Brooklyn to pitch.

"I had a good experience at Cap City, I pitched really well, but I had a good feeling I was coming here to pitch, and I was prepared for that" said MacLane. "They told me in spring training that a good chance existed for me to come here."

Jeff Landing who struggled in his previous appearance, followed MacLane pitching a scoreless inning striking out one. Landing who up to now would pitch in relief of Evan MacLane, will now pitch in long relief in the games that Ivan Maldonado starts.

"Landing was due to piggyback tonight, and we talked to him and decided to move him to piggyback behind Maldonado" said Tijerina. "So instead of just having him throw a bullpen session we thought it would be better to get him an inning of real game work."

The Cyclones (8-4) and in sole place of first place in the McNamara Division will head to Hudson Valley (7-5) for the road part of the home-away two game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:11pm. Rookie right hander William Quaglieri (1-0 0.00) will be making his third start for the Cyclones. Quaglieri has allowed just two hits in his nine innings of work this season.

Notes: The announced attendance of 7,675 was the lowest for KeySpan Park since August 9, 2001…Hitting coordinator Mickey Brantley was at KeySpan Park Tuesday talking to the team, and instructing them along with hitting coach Donovan Mitchell...Jim Burt's contract is expected to be approved by Major League Baseball on Wednesday.

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