Corey Coles led the hit parade with three singles, and Tyler Davidson hit a shot to the left field scoreboard for his third home run of the season.
"Our hitters just compliment each other, and that is a major reason for our success" Tijerina said.
Tyler Davidson extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and is hitting a .474 (18-38) with 2 home runs, 7 runs batted in, 8 runs, 3 doubles, and a triple during the hitting streak. In an even more remarkable stats, Davidson is hitting .527 (40-76) when he puts the ball in play, meaning when he does not strike out. Davidson is 2nd in the league in average, 7th in hits, 3rd in doubles, 3rd in On-Base Percentage and Slugging percentage, 7th in runs batted in and 4th in extra-base hits.
Tijerina credits his experience, in making the necessary adjustments to be so successful this season.
"He was on his toes before, almost falling into the plate, but now he is more balanced, and it allows him to drive the ball, and that is what an experienced hitter does."
Starter Mike Swindell was also very impressive before tiring out in the fifth inning.
Swindell retired 9 of his first 11 hitters during his first three innings of work, however began the fourth inning by allowing three singles in a row to load up the bases for the middle of the order. Swindell however maintained his focus, and struck out the next three batters to escape the inning with no runs allowed.
"Huge credit to him, and his focus on doing that" said Tijerina. "You just don't see a hitter striking out the middle of the order like that, and that really takes a lot out of a pitcher, having to be extra focused with each pitch."
Swindell however could not finish the fifth after allowing four singles, and reaching his pitch count limit.
"It's a shame his pitch count was reached because we couldn't get him the win, but he understood that."
Marcelo Perez (1-2) gave the Cyclones excellent relief going 3 1-3 innings allowing just two hits while striking out two.
"He came to me knowing he can pitch everyday, and it is nice to see a kid with confidence, and to back it up in a game is great to see" Tijerina said.
A Look Ahead…
The Cyclones (22-13) now head to Aberdeen (19-18) for a 2 game series with the IronBirds before reaching their 2nd of 3 off days this year on Wednesday. Joseph Williams (3-1 2.16) will start for the Cyclones Monday with Evan MacLane (2-2 3.07) starting on Tuesday. Scott Hyde (0-0 2.25) will make his third start of the year Thursday when the Cyclones return to KeySpan to begin a three game series with Lowell. Will Quaglieri who has been sidelined with inflammation in his shoulder threw in a bullpen session today and could pitch in relief of Scott Hyde on Thursday.
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