Williams and Rondon Pitch Cyclones to Victory

The Cyclones just had two hits Wednesday night, however patience and good eye at the plate was all the Cyclones needed to win a 1-0 pitching duel over the Staten Island Yankees. It was the third time this season the Cyclones shut out the Yankees.

Jim Burt led off the third inning with a single and for some reason Yankees starter Jesse Hoover was caught up with the slow footed Burt at first base and kept on throwing over to keep Burt close to first. Even after Stacey Bennett and Ryan Coultas popped out, Hoover was still concentrating on the runner at first instead of throwing the final out of the inning. With two outs Yankees first baseman Ben Jones played behind the runner at first, however Hoover was not concentrating enough to realize that. He went to throw to first, however nobody was at first and the ball ended up rolling to right field, and allowed Burt to advance to third base.

Hoover's concentration was also absent when he issued two out walks to Corey Coles and Matt Fisher to load the bases up for Dante Brinkley who also drew a walk to score Burt and give the Cyclones what ended up being the lone run of the game.

Cyclones starter Joe Williams picked up his fifth victory of the year throwing six shutout innings allowing just three hits, while striking out batters. Julio Freitas then relieved Williams allowing one hit in his 2/3 innings of work. Reliever Chuck Smith entered the game with two outs in the seventh inning and after allowing a hit to Yankees catcher Peter Pilittere to put runners at the corners, Smith struck out left fielder Estee Harris to strand the two Yankees on base.

It appeared the Cyclones were in trouble in the bottom half of the eight inning once again. An error by Jim Burt, allowed Justin Christian to reach first safely and followed that by stealing second base. Grant Plumley then grounded out to Burt which allowed Christian to advance to third. The Yankees would put runners at the corners once again after Hector Zamora walked, putting an end to the night for Chuck Smith.

Cyclones stopper Celso Rondon inherited the jam however after getting Ben Jones to pop out he walked Rob Allen to walk the bases. Designated hitter Scott Rich who was 3-3 at that point stepped to the plate and worked the count to 3-2, however Rondon struck him out looking to escape the jam.

Rondon would pick up his 10th save of the season pitching a perfect ninth inning, striking out two, Tim Battle and Estee Harris.

The win was even bigger based on the fact that the Williamsport Crosscutters swept a double header from the New Jersey Cardinals. The Cardinals who entered the night just one game behind Brooklyn dropped to third place, 2.5 behind. Hudson Valley remained two games behind Brooklyn, however are now in second place after their 9-2 victory against the Aberdeen IronBirds.

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