"I give Dante the credit" said Watts. "He was like, man look at that first baseman, and we kind of joked about bunting to get on base because he was playing so far back."
Watts got more than he asked for, and Dante Brinkley never had to chance to lay down a bunt of his own.
Yankee pitcher Shaun Parker (0-1) made a wild throw on the bunt play that trickled off the foul territory first base wall and all the way to the right field warning track, after right fielder Edwar Gonzalez misplayed the ball, which allowed Watts to circle the bases for the winning run in a 3-2 victory.
"I was just hoping to get to second base, and I looked up and TJ [manager Tony Tijerina] was waving me on, and I went to third, and he was still waving me on, and I just kept going" said Watts thirty minutes following the game, and still could not believe he scored.
"That was weird man, I just can't explain it" said Watts. "Don't even ask me" Watts continued to say smiling. "I just don't know what to say about it."
Watts was not even in the starting lineup, and was scheduled to have a full off day, however center fielder Corey Coles failed to run out a popup in the 4th inning, and slammed his bat to the on deck circle which led manager Tony Tijerina to pull him from the game.
"I have a strict policy about running out fly balls, and you can't take anything for granted in this ballpark" Tijerina said. He popped up, threw his bat which almost hit our on deck hitter, and didn't run the ball out, and that won't be tolerated. I don't care if he is hitting .400" Tijerina went on saying. "Twenty-five guys on the team learn the Mets policy about running every ball out."
Watts was figuring out how to spend his off day before being called to enter the game.
"I was just looking to hang out, and talk the game with some of the new guys, and enjoy the sites and views of the park" said Watts.
Carlos Muniz (3-2) picked up the win pitching 1 1-3 perfect innings while striking out two.
"Muniz was solid once again working back to back days" said Tijerina.
Edgar Alfonzo pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Evan MacLane allowing just two hits.
"Alfonzo was just dominate tonight" Tijerina said. "He has gained his confidence, has settled in, and he now feels he belongs at this level."
Watts also had an RBI single in the 7th inning to score catcher Aaron Hathaway, who reached base on a double.
Dante Brinkley had a single and a run scored to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
Will you be the 1,000,000 fan?
The Cyclones are closing in on their quest for one million fans. Including Sunday's game the franchise total is at 993,399 which means just 6,601 fans left until the Cyclones reach the milestone. Cyclones media relations manager Dave Campanaro is not sure if the feat will occur Monday or Tuesday night. "Monday's advance is one of the three lowest for the season" said Campanaro. "We would need a large walk up attendance to reach the millionth fan Monday night" Campanaro said. The 1,000,000th fan will have the chance to win $1 million, courtesy of KeySpan, by throwing three baseballs through a target on the field. The fan will also win a trip for two to Port St.Lucie, Florida to watch Spring Training, a Cyclones jersey with the number 1,000,000 embroidered on the back, and a prize package. The winner will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch that game.
With Capital City (A) first baseman Ian Bladergroen out for the season with a torn ligament in his wrist, the organization is still discussing whether to promote Cyclones first baseman Tyler Davidson to fill in the spot. Andrew Wilson currently a utility man with the Capital City Bombers could take over the full time first base duty. Other options are former Cyclone Jay Caligiuri, Andres Rodriguez and Brett Harper ...7th round pick Scott Hyde was added to the Cyclones roster before Sunday's game, however is not expected to pitch right away due to the fact that he is coming off a season in which he threw 122 innings for George Fox University.
The Cyclones (14-8) begin the first of five straight games Monday night with the Williamsport Crosscutters (8-14). William Quaglieri (1-1 4.26) will start for Brooklyn while Matt Guillory (3-0 1.99) will take the mound for the ‘Cutters. Quaglieri made his professional debut against Williamsport back on June 20th pitching four perfect innings in a no-decision.
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