"I told Ambiorix when he got to third, to be ready for a wild pitch, pass ball and to just anticipate anything" Cyclones manager Tony Tijerina said.
Said Concepcion: "Once I saw it go by the catcher, I just went straight home. My manager told me to be ready for anything and I was."
The Cyclones pitching staff has allowed just two runs in their last thirty-eight innings and manager Tony Tijerina credits that to preparation.
"You need to see the work these guys put in every afternoon, and the attention they pay to detail" said Tijerina. "Hector [pitching coach Hector Berrios] and the rest of the staff, they go over a plan about the previous game, the upcoming game, and the lineup. It is all based on preparation and that is what we teach these kids. To be prepared and then go out and use their abilities."
Starter Will Quaglieri pitched six scoreless innings allowing just four hits, and striking out five without allowing a walk. After allowing just two hits his first two starts over nine innings, Quaglieri reached a bump in the road his previous two outings, however changed his old ways and it seemed to pay off.
"It is definitely good to get back on track" said Quaglieri. "I was just trying to do too much and thinking about lots of things, and tonight I just went out and tried to force contact, and let my defense take care of the rest."
Jeff Landing relieved Quaglieri and pitched two perfect innings striking out two. Landing, the Mets 12th round pick in this year draft, has been hit around this season, however is one of the youngest pitchers on this staff, and does show potential.
"Landing has had some rough outings giving up lots of hits, however I believe he has some of the best stuff on this staff" said Tijerina. "He is young and is learning how to pitch. It was great for him to come in a tie game, and hold it for two innings."
Eddy Camacho (1-0) picked up the win pitching a perfect top of the ninth while striking out two batters.
"Eddy has just been solid for us this year" Tijerina said. "I wanted him to come in with the three lefties in the lineup, and he came through big for us."
The Cyclones (15-8) will play a day/night doubleheader Wednesday against the Williamsport Crosscutters (8-15) at KeySpan Park. Game 1 is scheduled for 12:00pm with Mike Swindell (1-0 0.00) pitching for the Cyclones and Michael Devaney (0-0 4.20) taking the mound in game 2 for the Cyclones which is a 7:00pm start time.
Notes: 7th round pick Scott Hyde is expected to pitch in relief work this weekend...Dante Brinkley extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the first inning...The Cyclones are expecting 22 year old right hander Jose Rodriguez to came down from Capital City (A) for a rehab stint shortly. Rodriguez was 0-1 with a 2.08ERA in 8 2-3 innings for the Bombers before getting injured.
One Million and Growing
Joseph Gajdos left his Staten Island home Tuesday afternoon being just a retired machine shop worker. He will now enter his home being the Cyclones millionth fan.
"I'm honored" said Gajdos. "Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. I was looking at my ticket when they read out the numbers, and as I looked number by number, I turned to my friend and said ‘I won.'
Gajdos had the chance to win $1 million courtesy of KeySpan by throwing three strikes from the pitchers mound to a target at home plate. Gajdos did not achieve that feat, however left with a handful of prizes. He won a trip to St. Lucie, Florida to watch the Mets Spring Training, an embroidered jersey with the number 1,000,000 on the back, an autograph team baseball, and a prize package with a variety of offers from Cyclones sponsors.
Said Cyclones general manager Steve Cohen: "Being able to reach one million fans at just the start of our fourth season is a tribute to the loyalty and passion of the Brooklyn fans. We were happy to share this night with those fans, and we're looking forward to two million."
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