Cyclones Fight Through To Earn Split with Aberdeen

A three run sixth inning saved the Brooklyn Cyclones from a very disappointing night, and turned a very frustrating night into a satisfying one.

After losing game one of the doubleheader 3-2, the Cyclones saw manager Tony Tijerina, and hitting coach Donovan Mitchell ejected within an inning of each other. Tijerina argued that Corey Coles was safe in stealing second base, and it did appear he slid under the tag. Mitchell was thrown out an inning later when Aberdeen designated hitter Carlos Mendez appeared to strike out after making contact on a two strike pitch, with the ball going into the glove of catcher Stacey Bennett. Home plate umpire Tom Clarke however ruled the ball dead because he fell in the dirt, without getting help from second base umpire Vic Carapazza who had the better view of the play.

"It was a frustrating day, with a close play at third base the previous game, and having a runner picked off in scoring positions earlier, and I just went out to voice my opinion" Tijerina said. "Obviously he didn't like what he heard, and threw me out."

Tijerina was referring to the fifth inning of game one when Levi Robinson was called safe stealing third, and subsequently scored what ended up being the winning run.

Scott Hyde started the first game, and threw 14 straight balls while walking the first three batters of the game. Hyde escaped with minimal damage allowing just one run before bouncing back to retire the side in order in the second inning.

"He just looked stiff to me, and I even asked Hector if he looked healthy to him" said Tijerina referring to his starter. "I don't know if it was nerves making his first home start or what it was. I'll tell you though, it was a huge plus for us that he went out and retired the order in the second inning, which shows the type of pitcher Scott is."

"I actually felt good, and then I just let my body get all jerky, and I'm sure that had something to do with nerves" said Hyde.

So what exactly goes through a pitchers mind while he is throwing 14 straight balls?

"I was just saying ‘could this really be happening right now' and I just reached the point that I said ‘enough with this, I'm just going to throw as hard as I can right now."

Hyde did just that with his 15th pitch, throwing what appeared to be his fastest pitch of the evening for a strike, and getting himself back on track. Hyde would end up going four innings allowing 2 hits, 2 runs while walking 4 and striking out 3.

Michael Devaney started game two and it was a familiar story with him, allowing just 1 run, however walking 3. In 7 starts this year Devaney has allowed less than 1 run 6 times, however at the same time has allowed 3 or more walks 6 times as well. Manager Tony Tijerina believes Devaney just needs to get used to his pitching motion, and then he will be fine.

"Young pitchers have trouble repeating their motion, and then they get out of their delivery, and that is why they get in trouble many times" Tijerina said. "I think he is trying to make adjustments on his own during games and gets away from the game plan. He just needs to trust his stuff and he will have success."

Dante Brinkley singled in Corey Coles, who also reached on a single to lead off the inning, and advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and to third base on a Derran Watts sacrifice. That tied the game at one and then Grant Psomas two run single to score Brinkley and Tyler Davidson gave the Cyclones the 3-1 lead.

Jose Rodriguez picked up the win pitching a perfect 2 1-3 innings in relief of Devaney.

The Cyclones conclude their home part of what will be a 5 game series with Aberdeen Sunday evening. Right hander Mike Swindell (2-0 1.59) will be on the mound for the Cyclones.

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