Swindell Pushes Yankees Aside

Making his first start for the Brooklyn Cyclones Mike Swindell, and two relievers combined for a three hit shutout Friday night in front of 8,774 in attendance at KeySpan Park.<br> <br> Swindell quieted the Yankees bats throwing five scoreless innings allowing just two hits while walking two batters. Swindell also struck out five batters mostly due to his curveball which was right on target tonight with an explosive break to it.

"He was tremendous tonight" said Cyclones manager Tony Tijerina. "I was extremely pleased with what I saw, and I even saw some real fire in him. I like to see that in a guy who expects perfection of himself."

"I just went out to the mound, and tried to compete, and make the best pitch I could possibly make" Swindell added.

Swindell credits his father for the development of his curve ball. "I told my dad one summer that I needed a curve ball, and we went down to the cages, and he showed me it, and ever since then I have been working on it."

Swindell showed his emotions in the second inning when Yankees right fielder Robert Villanova hit a little dribbler down the first base line, with Swindell tagging him out with just a little extra force, pushing him towards foul territory.

"That was just adrenaline, I just go after guys, I didn't mean it like that, I thought he was going to throw an elbow at me or something, I was trying to just get the out, and keep the ball in my glove" Swindell said.

"That's something we really don't work on" Tijerina said smiling while trying to describe the play.

"The pitcher is going in one direction, the runner in another, and you have to get up to tag him, and you happen to run into each other, it just looks worse than it really is" said Tijerina.

Swindell also showed his sense of humor when asked about what pitch he feels most comfortable throwing. "I'll throw anything during any count" Swindell said. "It might not be for a strike, but I'll still throw it."

Left hander Eddy Camacho followed in Swindell's footsteps allowing just one hit in his three scoreless innings of work, while striking out three.

"He is pitching with lots of confidence, and with five lefties in the lineup he was my guy to pitch tonight" Tijerina said.

Celso Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth even though it was a 5-0 game.

"It was not a closing situation for Rondon, however not having worked for four days he had to pitch".

Aaron Hathaway got all the runs the Cyclones would need with a two run single in the fourth inning, scoring Grant Psomas and Tyler Davidson.

Derran Watts tripled in the fifth inning to score Corey Coles, marking the ninth straight game Coles has scored at least one run.

The Cyclones (12-8) and Yankees (5-15) head to Staten Island for the second game of the series Saturday night with first pitch at 7:05pm. Joseph Williams (1-0 2.95) will take the mound for the Cyclones.

Notes...Derran Watts rehab assignment ended Thursday, however he will remain with the club for a few extra days…Tyler Davidson was placed on a rehab assignment nursing a right oblique strain.

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