Concepcion, Burt Lead Cyclones Past 'Cutters

Down to their final strike, and trailing 5-3, the Brooklyn Cyclones got the clutch hits needed for a 6-5 win in 10 innings Saturday night over the Williamsport Crosscutters.<br> <br> Facing a two strike count Cyclones right fielder Ambiorix Concepcion singled up the middle to score Dante Brinkley, and Corey Coles, both reaching base previously on singles.

"That was big for us" said Cyclones manager Tony Tijerina. "He [Concepcion] hasn't played in several games, and to step up again, and get that big hit, that just comes down to total focus, and not letting the pressure get to you, and using it as fuel" said Tijerina referring to the third time this year Concepcion has gotten either the game winning or tying hit.

Catcher Aaron Hathaway led the 10th inning of with a single to right field, and advanced to second base on a Kevin Rios sacrifice bunt. After Caleb Stewart pinch ran for Hathaway, Jim Burt came off the bench, and lined a single to center field scoring Stewart for the game winning run.

"One thing I expect from the bench is to be ready, and Burt was on the top step, and couldn't wait to get that opportunity" said Tijerina. "That is all about preparation, and wanting to be that guy at the plate. He stepped up big and that was nice to see."

Said Burt on the opportunity: "My opening day here was not great going 1-4, and I really wanted to come out here and perform, so when I got the opportunity I was grateful for it."

"I was looking for a fastball, but the pitcher fooled me on the 1-0 curveball, and then he threw the same pitch again, and I kept my hands back and hit it up the middle" Burt said.

Carlos Muniz (2-1) picked up the win striking out the three hitters he faced after coming in with no outs and a runner on first in the top of the tenth.

Mike Swindell who was promoted earlier this week from Kingsport struck out three in his two perfect innings of work.

The Cyclones (10-6) will face the 'Cutters again Sunday afternoon in a 12:00pm start time. Evan MacLane (1-1 1.50) will take the mound for the Cyclones.

Notes: The Mets signed 7th round pick Scott Hyde and will report to Brooklyn. Manager Tony Tijerina said Hyde is expected to be slotted in the rotation after couple of relief outings...Outfielder Kyle Brown is on the disable list with a shoulder separation that could require minor surgery...Derran Watts rehab time is scheduled to expire after Wednesday's game and should return to Capital City (A).


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