MacLane Leads Cyclones to Ninth Shutout of Season

BROOKLYN- You run out of adjectives to describe the Brooklyn Cyclones starters the past several home games. First it was Michael Devaney allowing four hits and no earned runs in seven innings of work on August 15 against Aberdeen, and then it was Evan MacLane going seven innings allowing just two runs on six hits on August 19 against Staten Island.

On Sunday Mike Swindell pitched eight scoreless innings allowing just one hit, and Tuesday Evan MacLane once again stepped up to the challenge once again, and threw eight scoreless innings allowing just three hits, one walk, while striking out ten Oneonta batters in the Cyclones 3-0 victory Tuesday night.

With the Cyclone starters on an 85-90 pitch count it is even more remarkable how the pitchers have pitched into the seventh and eight innings.

"It makes me feel good, and it is a good report for the organization" said Cyclones manager Tony Tijerina. "One of our main focuses this year was getting down to pitch-efficiency. The organization requested that pitchers are more developed to go late into innings and save our bullpen. We are teaching our guys to be more pitch efficient and to stay in the strike zone, change speeds. All these are philosophies that Rick Peterson brought with him this season."

"Those are the results we are looking for late in the season, to go deep into games. What a tremendous job by MacLane tonight, and the rest of those guys recently."

MacLane lowered his ERA to 2.96 and is now 10th in the NY-Penn League joining teammates Joseph Williams who is fourth with a 2.32 ERA and Michael Devaney who leads the league with a 1.76 ERA (minimum of 52 innings).

"I told myself today that I am going to go at least seven innings" said MacLane. "All my pitches felt really good and it felt that I could have gotten anyone out on any one of my pitch."

The Cyclones who lead the league with nine shut outs (next highest in 5) entered the day with a team ERA of 3.24, ranking them fourth in the league. The Cyclones have also given up the third lowest hits in the league (501 including Tuesday's game).

The Cyclones scored two runs in the fourth inning on an Oneonta miscue, which was not ruled an error. With Ambiorix Concepcion on second, and Jim Burt on first base, Grant Psomas hit a high fly ball to center field, however Justin Justice lost the ball in the light and left fielder Robert Tulk had to run all the way over from left field and tried to make a diving catch, however failed to control the ball in his glove, allowing both runners to score.

"I thought the left fielder would have made the catch, but he had a long way to go for it and unfortunately for us he didn't" said Tijerina. "However I give credit to our base runners for running hard all the way on what should have been a routine out."

The Cyclones would add a third run in the seventh on a Matt Fisher sacrifice fly. The ball appeared to have beaten Kevin Rios home, however a collision at home plate forced Tigers catcher Dusty Ryan to lose control of the ball.

Despite the victory, the Cyclones got bad news on outfielder Dante Brinkley, who left Monday's game after injuring his ankle on a stolen base attempt. X-Rays were negative, however he does have a high ankle sprain. Tijerina said he expects Brinkley to miss 10-14 days, however he joins catcher Aaron Hathaway as being probable-doubtful for the playoffs.

Outfielder Derran Watts was recalled from Capital City (A) of the South Atlantic League, and will fit into a three outfield rotation, which includes Coles, Concepcion, Stewart and himself. Jim Burt has been swinging the bat real well (13-39 last 10 games entering tonight) and Tijerina will like to keep him at first base or as the designated hitter, with Tyler Davidson back in the lineup.

Scott Hyde (3-2 3.44 in 7 starts) will try and extend the streak of solid starting pitching at home Wednesday night in the second game of the three game series with the Oneonta Tigers (31-31). Lavon Lewis (0-5 5.19 in 10 starts) will take the hill for the Tigers, who trail the Hudson Valley Renegades (33-28) by 2.5 games for the Wild Card spot.

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