"That trend has been the same whether we are playing a last place team like Jamestown or Staten Island, or a team like New Jersey" said manager Tony Tijerina. "We are just not scoring runs that are staring us right in the face, and not taking of advantage of situations that we did take advantage of earlier in the season."
For the second straight game Ambiorix Concepcion was thrown out at third base. Thursday night it was with nobody out, and Friday night it was with one out.
"He has the green light" said Tijerina on Concepcion, however did voice his displeasure about Concepcion's thought process when stealing. "It will be something I talk to him tonight about." Despite stealing a league high 22 stolen bases as of Friday night, he has been thrown out a team high 9 times.
Dante Brinkley was thrown out trying to get back to second base after a ball in the dirt in the first inning.
"There are fundamental mistakes all around" a frustrated Tijerina said. "The guys need to understand that they are already in scoring position and the rule is you have to be absolutely sure that you will be safe."
"I told Brinkley there is no way you react like that, going halfway to third, and then head back to second and get thrown out" said Tijerina.
The Cyclones led 3-1 in the fifth however a Ryan Coultas error on a hard hit ball allowed Mike Ferris to score and Matt Shepherd to advance to third base. Christopher Patrick would hit a sacrifice fly to right field an at bat later to score Shepherd and tie the game at three.
Jose Rodriguez relieved starter Evan MacLane who went five innings allowing four hits and 3 runs, with just 1 being earned. Rodriguez pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh innings and appears to have bounced back from several rough outings, having allowed just 1 run in his last three appearances totaling 6 1-3 innings.
"He is making improvements" Tijerina said. "I am now trying to ease him back into that setup/dual closers role."
Marcelo Perez (1-3) picked up the loss pitching the eight and ninth innings. After pitching a scoreless eighth, Cardinals catcher Cody Palmer hit a first pitch fastball over the left-center field wall for what ended up being the winning run. Perez would go on to allow back to back doubles to Christopher Patrick and Steve Sherman to make it 5-3.
"In the last several outings I put in Rondon in the eighth and ninth innings being a tied game, hoping we would score in those innings. However we ended up going to extra innings and losing anyway. I told Hector tonight, we just can't keep using him in those situations" Tijerina said.
"We need to have other guys in the pen that we can depend on, and those other guys just need to step it up."
The Cyclones (29-23) are ½ game ahead of the Hudson Valley Renegades (28-23) who were rained out Friday night and will play a double header with the Aberdeen IronBirds Saturday. New Jersey is now 28-24, 1 game behind.
Scott Hyde (2-1 3.80) will try and put the Cyclones back to their winning ways Saturday at Skylands Park against this same Cardinals team. Hyde will be on the same mound in which he suffered his first professional loss last Sunday allowing 7 runs in 4 innings. Quinto Robertson (1-1 3.55) will be starting for the Cardinals and will also be looking for revenge. The Cyclones knocked Robertson around for 7 hits and 5 runs in start Monday against the Cyclones.
Psomas To Enter Cyclones Record Book
Grant Psomas, the 15th round pick in this year's draft, played his 41st game at third base for the Cyclones Friday night. Psomas needs just one more game at third base to tie Shawn Bowman for the most games played at third as a Cyclones.
Aaron Hathaway has an outside chance of breaking the record for most games played as a catcher, which stands at 44 by Tony Piazza. Hathaway has played in 32 games as a catcher so far with 15 games remaining for the Cyclones.
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