Lewis retired 14 straight Cyclones after allowing a second inning leadoff walk to Caleb Stewart, before Matt Fisher was finally able to get the first hit of the game, a double down the first base line. In the end the Tigers defeated the Cyclones 3-0, one night after the Cyclones shut out the Tigers, by the same score.
"We were taking fastballs for strikes and swinging at balls out of the strike zone" said Tijerina. "It is a matter of focus, and then you get behind, and guys panic, and then try to do too much and get themselves out."
Cyclones starter Scott Hyde picked up his third loss of the season in a game in which luck did not go his way. Hyde gave up back to back singles to open the game. After the runners advanced to second and third on a bounce back to Hyde, Brent Dlugach scored on a sacrifice fly by Juan Llamas. Hyde would not allow a hit in the next three innings while striking out five batters during those three innings.
"I felt pretty good" said Hyde. "There were spots I felt I could have made a better pitch, but overall I felt my stuff was effective."
After striking out Rafael Mendez to lead off the fifth inning, Hyde would allow a walk to Robert Tulk. With Francisco Castro at the plate the Tigers put the hit and run on, which caused Cyclones second baseman Matt Fisher to cover second base, opening up a hole between first and second for the hit to go through.
"Mitch [hitting coach Donovan Mitchell] always gets on me, because we never get a good pitch or find a hole when we hit and run, and they did" said Tijerina. "What you look for in a hit and run is to move the runner over, and if you find a hole it is a bonus."
Dlugach would then follow by hitting a ground ball to short stop Kevin Rios, however the 6-4-3 double play attempt was unsuccessful, when Dlugach was called safe at first base, a play that he appeared to be out by a step, allowing Tulk to score.
"It was just one of those nights that things didn't go my way" said Hyde. "I just did my best to keep the team in the game. Baseball is a game of inches and this time it favored them."
Hyde went 6 1-3 innings allowing five hits, three runs, while striking out seven.
"Sometimes that stuff will just happen" Hyde said. "I don't think they really hit me that hard, just several ground balls that found holes."
Hyde certainly appeared to settle down after the first inning. Hyde threw fastballs on eight on his eleven pitches in the first inning, however followed by mixing in his off-speed and breaking balls, which made his real effective.
"That is pretty much what happened, Hector told me I needed to throw some curveball's and off-speed stuff to show them something else and that is what I did, and it started working for me" Hyde said.
"It was a solid outing overall" Tijerina said of his starter. "His breaking ball was real effective tonight. I thought he hung in there and composed himself pretty well, but it is real hard to get a win with no run support."
Notes: Donovan Mitchell returned to the Cyclones dugout after missing the past three games with a problem in his leg. Mitchell was in the dugout, however did not coach first base as he is still recovering…Aaron Hathaway is making quick progress on his sprained thumb. He will be catching a bullpen session tomorrow which certainly is a positive sign…Another positive sign in that outfielder Dante Brinkley who is expected to miss 10-14 days with a high ankle sprain was off crutches. Brinkley still wore a brace and walked with a limp.
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