Hyde Rebounds to Lead Cyclones to Victory

A four run fifth inning was all the Cyclones needed to defeat the New Jersey Cardinals 4-3 snapping their three game losing streak at Skylands Park Saturday evening.

Making his sixth professional start, Cyclones starter Scott Hyde picked up his third victory of his short professional career rebounding from his previous start against New Jersey on that same mound just six days ago. In that start Hyde gave up 7 runs in 4 innings of work, however was much more effective this time around.

Hyde had a rough start to the game allowing four walks and a hit in his first two innings of work. Hyde's fourth walk came with the bases loaded in the second inning allowing Wes Swackhammer to score. Hyde then buckled down to allow just two hits while striking out four in his next three innings of work. In the end Hyde threw 79 pitches during his five innings of work allowing 3 hits and 1 run, while walking 4 and striking out six.

Kevin Rios who entered the game hitless in his last 20 at bats doubled to left field to score Aaron Hathaway to begin the four run fifth inning. Three batters later after Matt Fisher singled, and Dante Brinkley was hit by pitch to load up the base, Tyler Davidson singled up the middle to score Rios and Fisher for the 3-1 Cyclones lead. Ambiorix Concepcion would single to center field to score Brinkey for the four and final run of the inning.

Edgar Alfonzo relieved Hyde however got just one out before allowing back to back homers to Levi Webber and Mike Ferris. Manager Tony Tijerina had a short hook for his bullpen based on the work of the Cyclones relievers this month and immediately brought in lefty Eddy Camacho to relieve Alfonzo. Camacho would go on and throw 2 2-3 innings allowing just one hit while walking one and striking out three.

Celso Rondon pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his eight save of the season for the Cyclones.

Michael Devaney (2-0 2.08) will be on the mound for the Cyclones Sunday afternoon in the third and final game with this Cardinals team.

Psomas Ties Bowman
Grant Psomas played in his 42nd game at third base Saturday tying former Cyclones 3rd baseman Shawn Bowman. Next up is catcher Aaron Hathaway who has played 33 games as a catcher. The record set by Tony Piazza stands at 44, and with 21 games left Hathaway has a good chance of breaking that record as well.

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