MacLane Superb on Mound, Concepcion at Plate

It took the Brooklyn Cyclones 65 pitches to get to Yankees starter Drew Edwards. <br><br> Edwards had allowed just three hits entering the sixth inning and had struck out four batters. His curveball was effective enough to have the Cyclones quickly returning to the dugout after chasing it out of the strike zone.

The magic for Edwards would run out however on his 65th pitch of the ballgame, when right fielder Ambiorix Concepcion connected on a high fastball for his seventh home run of the season and drove in Corey Coles and Dante Brinkley and gave the Cyclones a 3-1 lead, in a game they would eventually win 7-3.

"We ere panicking and getting ourselves out early in the game, but Concepcion stepped up in that spot and delivered in a huge way" said Cyclones manager Tony Tijerina following the game. "That is something he has done many times for us this season."

"I guess I just got lucky" said a smiling Concepcion who is now 12-23 in his last six games and 17-43 in his last 11 games. "My job is to help the team win and I am glad I did that."

Cyclones starter Evan MacLane provided the arm behind the victory baffling the Yankee hitters with his fastball-changeup combination, mixing in several curve balls along the way. MacLane had allowed just one hit threw five innings and had faced the minimum amount of batters before allowing a run in the sixth.

MacLane was sent down to Brooklyn from Capital City before the season began for one reason – to be the ace and veteran leader of this pitching staff. Thursday night, in front of 8,438 in attendance at KeySpan Park, MacLane did just that.

"Tonight you saw a vintage Evan MacLane" Tijerina said. "He showed what he can do when he has confidence in himself."

"I put it all on my shoulders today" MacLane said. "I told myself earlier in the day that I knew I could pitch like this. We are in a huge playoff race, and I needed to step up tonight."

Tijerina mentioned how MacLane puts too much pressure on himself, and judges himself by very hard standards.

"Couple starts ago at Aberdeen he gave up just 1 run, and he was killing himself after the game for giving up that one run" said the manager.

MacLane admitted he does tend to do that, however it is something he is learning to deal with.

"Sometimes I do" he said "but I just need to relax more, and I think I did that tonight."

In 126.2 combined innings this year, at Capital City and in Brooklyn, MacLane has struck out 110 batters, while allowing just 14 walks. He credits that astonishing ratio to his mechanics.

"Ever since Junior College I have put a much greater emphasis on my mechanics. I just want to stay healthy and pitch the correct way. I just have absolute confidence I can throw all my pitches over the plate for a strike."

Jim Burt who entered the game 8-20 in his past 5 games contributed with three hits of his own, including a monster home run in the seventh inning and an RBI single in the eight inning.

"I like what I have seen from Burt lately" Tijerina said. He has been hitting well lately, and he gave us a huge lift, that home run was a big extra run for us."

Yunir Garcia Joins Cyclones
Yunir Garcia who hit .283 in 73 games with the Capital City Bombers (A) this season joined the Cyclones to replace the injured Aaron Hathaway.

"It is very difficult losing your everyday catcher who knows this staff so well, however being that Garcia has the experience at the higher level, he also brings leadership behind the plate" said Tijerina.

When asked to compare the defensive ability of Garcia to Hathaway Tijerina credited Garcia's improvements of 2004.

"Last year, I would say he was no place near Aaron, however Garcia has improved tremendously in his receiving and footwork skills. We also gain some offense with him." In the end you can say Garcia's offense will make up for anything missed behind the plate - at least that is something the Cyclones hope occurs.

Frietas Giving Relief
Julio Frietas left the Cyclones Thursday night to go to the Kingsport Mets (R). Kingsport is in need of some arms to help their staff. Tijerina said Frietas could rejoin the Cyclones by the end of the season.

Still Day to Day
Tyler Davidson has missed the last two Cyclones games because of a sore back. Davidson has appeared in every Cyclones game before that point. Tijerina said Davidson will make the trip to Staten Island on Friday, but is not expected to play. The manager is hopeful he could have his first baseman back by the weekend.

Back on Track
The Cyclones have won four of their last five games, rebounding from a stretch in which they went 1-7 (8/5 – 8/13)

Crunching the Numbers
The Cyclones are 26-8 this year when they score first, 30-3 when leading after 7 innings and a perfect 29-0 when leading after 8 innings.

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