"I encouraged them today to get out in front, and put the pressure on them for a change, and they definitely answered the call" said Tijerina.
The Cyclones scored first for the 17th time in their 30 games so far. In those 17 games the Cyclones are 15-2.
"That is a winning recipe, when you can jump out early" said Tijerina.
Tyler Davidson singled in the first inning to score Derran Watts, who reached base on a walk, stole second, and reached third on a Dante Brinkley groundout. Derran Watts, who entered the game having just 1 hit in his last 15 at bats homered to left field in the third inning to give the Cyclones a 2-0 lead and four batters later Ryan Coultas got his second single of the evening to drive in Ambiorix Concepcion, and Dante Brinkley for the 4-0 lead.
Over the past 11 games Davidson is hitting 13-34 (.387) with 6 runs batted in, 3 runs scored, and a home run.
"He started off fighting himself" said Tijerina on Davidson. "However, he has made the adjustments he needed to make, and is not back on track."
The Cyclones bullpen combined for 5 1-3 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits after starter Michael Devaney left after allowing a run and 4 hits in his 3 2-3 innings of work. Eddy Camacho (2-0) got the win going 2 1-3 scoreless innings. Camacho has not allowed a run in his 13 innings of work since joining the team in early July from the Gulf Coast League.
"He has been outstanding for us" said Tijerina. "Tonight was probably his shakiest performance, but he got the job done" Tijerina said of Camacho who allowed a hit and 2 walks. "He is a lefthander who doesn't throw hard, but has the art of deception by changing speeds, and keeping the ball down."
Jose Rodriguez who joined the Cyclones Monday, pitched 2 scoreless innings, while walking and striking out a batter. Rodriguez strained a ligament in his right elbow on April 26th while pitching for Cap City (A). He was 0-1 with a 2.08ERA in 6 2-3 innings of work.
Celso Rondon pitched the ninth inning to close out the 5-1 victory, and improve the Cyclones to 19-11, and hold a 1.5 game lead over Aberdeen (18-13) and Hudson Valley (18-13).
The Cyclones now head to Vermont for a 3 game series with the Vermont Expos (15-16).
Notes: The Cyclones have scored 17 first inning runs this season…Dante Brinkley scored his 23rd run of the year, good enough for 2nd in the NY-Penn league. He also stole his 9th stolen base of the season in the 3rd inning, again 2nd in the league…Corey Coles sprained his right knee during afternoon workouts, and was removed in the 2nd inning as a precaution. He is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night.
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