Cyclones Lose 4th Straight; Division Gets Tighter

The Brooklyn Cyclones lost their fourth straight game, and second to the New Jersey Cardinals Sunday night at Skylands Park by a score of 7-2. The Cyclones got a break with Hudson Valley also losing and maintained their 1.5 game lead in the McNamara Division. With the victory New Jersey improves to 25-22 and is now 2.5 being the Cyclones. Aberdeen reached the .500 mark with a victory Sunday and at 25-25 are just 4 games behind Brooklyn.

Scott Hyde started for the Cyclones however got hit hard allowing 7 runs on 7 hits in his four innings of work. Short stop Ryan Coultas committed two errors, one in the first that allowed first baseman Mike Ferris to score, and one in the third which allowed right fielder Steve Sherman to score. Hyde, who suffered his first loss of the season, entered the game with a 1.37 ERA however, skyrocketed to 3.80 following his worst outing in his career.

The Cyclones left Brooklyn at 12:00pm in hopes of getting in some extra work before the game however did not arrive to the ballpark until minutes before the 5:00pm start time. Not only did the Cyclones fail to take batting practice but also did not take any infield practice as well.

The Cyclones jumped on the board early scoring a run in each of the first two innings on RBI singles by Ambiorix Concepcion and Corey Coles. Despite scoring just two runs the Cyclones out hit the Cardinals 11-8 and each player in the Cyclones lineup other than Dante Brinkley had at least one hit. Derran Watts, Tyler Davidson and Ryan Coultas each had multi-hit games, going 2-4. Ryan Coultas raised his average to .270 with the two hit performance and is batting a .324 (11-34) in his last eight games.

A bright spot for the Cyclones was its bullpen. Marcelo Perez threw three scoreless innings and Edgar Alfonzo pitched a scoreless ninth. Entering the game the Cyclones bullpen had a 5.98 ERA in their last seven games.

Michael Devaney will be the starter for the Cyclones Monday night at KeySpan Park, trying to snap their four game skid, a season high. Devaney picked up his first professional victory Wednesday night in a 14-4 victory over the Jamestown Jammers. Devaney has an ERA of just 2.11 this year and has allowed only 32 hits in 38.1 innings of work, however has walked a team high 23 batters.

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