Cyclones Sweep 'Cutters; Extend Win Streak to Six

It was an extremely long day at KeySpan Park Wednesday.<br> <br> Game one of the day-night doubleheader began at 12:02pm, and ended at 2:01pm. The game was played under outstanding weather, and a hot bright sun making it an enjoyable afternoon for everyone involved. Five hours later, at 7:00pm when the second game was scheduled to begin a heavy downpour came down which lasted for an hour. Game two finally began at 8:33pm, however was delayed once again for 38 minutes in the second inning.

The night was finally over at 11:08pm when Crosscutters shortstop Euvi Solano grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the 11 hour day.

"I'll tell you" said Cyclones manager Tony Tijerina. "This was just fun. As much fun as the players are having players it is as much fun for me to coach these kids. They are just great."

With game one tied at two, third base man Grant Psomas double to left center to drive in Ambiorix Concepcion for what ended up being the winning run. Psomas also contributed with a two run home run, and an RBI single in the night cap. Jim Burt hit a 400 foot triple to the 412ft mark in center field, and subsequently scored on the Psomas single.

Cyclones game one starter Mike Swindell, who was dominate his previous outing against the Staten Island Yankees allowing just one run in five innings while striking out five, pitched five innings allowing just three hits, and two runs while striking out five. Swindell did however walk three batters, all in the third inning.

"I struggled a little with my control, however it all worked out at the end, and I am pleased with my outing" said Swindell while he waited out the rain delay before game 2.

"He is a tremendous competitor, and showed that this afternoon" Tijerina said of his starting pitcher.

Julio Freitas (1-0) picked up the win in game 1 with Celso Rondon picking up his fourth save.

Ambiorix Concepcion hit a solo home run in game one of the doubleheader while Kevin Rios connected with a two run homer in the second game.

Michael Devaney went four scoreless innings in game two allowing six hits, one walk and striking out three.

Edgar Alfonzo picked up his third victory of the season pitching the final three innings.

Psomas finished off the two games a combined 4-5 with a home run, 4 runs batted in, and 3 runs scored.

The Cyclones (17-8) are now half a game ahead of Aberdeen (17-9) in the McNamara Division and are tied for the second best record in the NY-Penn League. Joseph Williams (2-0 2.22) will take the mound for the Cyclones Thursday against Williamsport (8-17).

Notes: Outfielder Caleb Stewart was promoted to Capital City (A) of the South Atlantic League. With the outfield rotation of Watts, Brinkley, Coles and Concepcion there was no room to give Stewart the at bats the organization wanted to give him...7th round pick Scott Hyde will pitch in relief Saturday at KeySpan Park against Hudson Valley...With the doubleheader the Cyclones will be needing a pitcher to start Saturday evening. Cyclones manager Tony Tijerina although not certain said that spot could go to Jeff Landing...The Cyclones improved to 11-2 at home, and 7-1 against the Crosscutters...The Cyclones pitching staff has shutout their opponents four times in the past six games.

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