Brinkley and Davidson Snap Cyclones 4 Game Skid

BROOKLYN- Dante Brinkley and Tyler Davidson supplied the power and erased the season long four game losing streak as the Brooklyn Cyclones defeated the New Jersey Cardinals 8-1 Monday night.

"They are two of the more experienced players, and have been through these up's and down's, so they know how to keep the guys loose" said Cyclones skipper Tony Tijerina. "Every team goes through these streaks and the key is not to let it snowball."

The Cyclones trailed 1-0 heading into the fourth inning and it looked like another 1-2-3 inning as the first two Cyclones were retired easily. Quinton Robertson (1-1) had allowed just one hit heading into the fourth inning and had retired eight in a row before Tyler Davidson came up to bat. Davidson fouled off couple of pitches before getting a slider and launching right under the left field scoreboard for his sixth home run of the season.

"He threw me a slider that I fouled off earlier in the at bat, and he came back with it again so I just got a hold of it and hit it out" said Davidson, who has reached base in a league best 32 consecutive games, dating back to July 4.

Manager Tony Tijerina tells the team one thing before each game; "Today is the most important game of the year" and the Cyclones have leaned on that slogan during this stretch.

"We have a saying of ‘Today is the most important game of the year' and we have been kind of riding that right now, just taking it one game at a time" Davidson said.

"We looked at our slogan each day and play that one game, and worry about the next game tomorrow" said Dante Brinkley, while cleaning off the remains of a pie slammed in his face by teammate Grant Psomas.

Brinkley, the leading hitter in the NY-Penn League entering Monday's game, had a home run of his own to go along with a double and three runs batted in. Not only is Brinkley leading the way on the field, however off the field as well by keeping the rest of the team relaxed with his jokes and fun loving ways.

"If I see any guy just trying to stress out, I'll go to them and crack a joke or mess with them a little" say's Brinkley. "We keep a relax atmosphere here, and that allows everyone to play to the best of their abilities."

Michael Devaney (2-0) picked up his second straight victory allowing one run and eight hits in his five plus innings of work.

Cyclones On Sportscenter

In the fifth inning of Monday's game Cardinals center fielder Sean Dopson flied out to right fielder Ambiorix Concepcion with Matt Shephard at third base. Shephard decided to tag up on the play however, Concepcion made a strong throw that catcher Aaron Hathaway caught by the third base side of home plate. Shephard tried going around Hathaway, however Hathaway reached to his right to make the sweeping tag for the second out of the inning. That play was on Sportscenters' Top Ten list, at number 3.

Repeat Performance?

Mike Swindell (2-1 4.45) will take the hill for the Cyclones Tuesday night in the opening game of a three game series with Staten Island. Swindell made his Cyclones debut as a starter against Staten Island on July 9 of this year. He picked up the win pitching five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out 5.

New Arm

RHP Aristides Almenar joined the Cyclones from the Kingsport Mets (R). He was1-2 with a 2.20 ERA in 9 starts. In 41 innings, he allowed 40 hits, 10 earned runs, 13 walks and 34 strikeouts. Almenar who is 20 years of age and was signed out of Venezuela in 2001 has had some control problems in Kingsport, hitting seven batters while throwing three wild pitches.

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