Hyde Sparkles in Front of "Organization"

BROOKLYN- Throughout the last several years the Mets organization began doing detailed background checks on potential acquisitions to see if they can handle playing in the spotlight of New York City, and the media capital of the world. The Mets also do a similar procedure with their potential draft picks. So can Thursday night's starter Scott Hyde, the 7th round pick in the 2004 draft, handle the New York City spotlight?

Well in front of 8,528 in attendance at KeySpan Park and in front of thousands watching on television, Scott Hyde threw one of the best games a Cyclones starter pitched this season, earning his first professional win in the Cyclones 1-0 victory over Lowell. Hyde went six innings allowing just two hits, while walking one, and striking out six. Were the 8,500 plus in attendance, and the thousands watching on television not enough pressure? Then try pitching in front of Minor League Farm Director Kevin Morgan. You want more pressure on the 21 year old kid from the small city of Grants Pass in Oregon?

Try making your third professional start in front of team owner Fred Wilpon.

So was Hyde aware of the many faces watching his right arm Thursday evening?

"I knew about the television, one I walked on the field and saw all those cameras" said Hyde.

"I also knew about the owner being at the game…I found out right before I went out to the mound" a smirking Hyde said.

So did all that bother Hyde?

"To be honest, it didn't bother me at all. I was in my own little bubble tonight, and was just so focused" Hyde said. "I can't control anything, but my focus."

Hyde had seven ground ball outs to his two fly ball outs, improving his season ratio to twenty-one groundball outs to seven fly ball outs. Manager Tony Tijerina was very impressed, and mentioned how the organization makes special notes of pitchers like that.

"That is really impressive" said Tijerina. "That is something we track in the organization, and reward our pitchers for getting groundball outs, or getting outs while throwing three pitches or less in an at bat, or for throwing strikes, and not walking people. We monitor that very closely, and make sure to recognize those pitchers."

"We call it inviting contact, and letting your defense do the work" said Tijerina.

In Hyde's previous outing he threw fourteen straight balls to walk the bases loaded, however escaped the inning with only one run, and went on to pitch a pretty good game the rest of the way. That event was something that did not go unnoticed by Tijerina.

"For Hyde to come back from his last start, and pitch like this, it just shows how mature the kid is. He actually visualized in the bullpen tonight facing two hitters before going out to the mound, so he was already in that mindset of pitching in a game."

Hyde contributed that first inning last start to jitters, however say's that won't affect him anymore, and he proved that tonight.

"I felt a lot more comfortable tonight, and told myself ‘it is just a game' " said Hyde.

So how did it feel pitching in front of 8,500 the second time around?

"I enjoyed every moment of it" a smiling Hyde said.

The only run of the game came on a Grant Psomas double on a 3-2 fastball to score Ambiorix Concepcion. Reliever Eddy Camacho picked up his first save of the year working the last three innings in relief of Hyde. Camacho allowed just one hit, and struck out three.

"It was just a feel thing" said Tijerina on Camacho going three innings. "He was so pitch-efficient, getting guys to swing and miss. We might find ourselves later in the season in a situation when we need Camacho to step up, and it was nice to get him that type of experience tonight."

Not only is Hyde a solid pitcher, but also very articulate as well. On how he was able to just stay so relaxed Thursday evening, with a big smile and smirk he said:

"I just told myself it was a baseball game. You hit the ball with a stick, and throw it to a glove. People make things just so complicated."

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