Offensive Explosion Gives 'Clones, Devaney Victory

BROOKLYN- It took just four batters for the Brooklyn Cyclones to score a run just one night after being shut out by the Tigers. A six run first inning, combined with another solid outing by Michael Devaney contributed to the 11-2 victory.<br> <br> "It is like a rollercoaster" said manager Tony Tijerina. "I keep saying at this level guys are learning how to be consistent, how to deal with the emotions of minor league baseball."

The scoring began with Tyler Davidson driving in Derran Watts, and it was capped off with a Yunir Garcia two run home run, his first since joining the Cyclones.

Michael Devaney continued pitching like the NY-Penn League leader in ERA. It is just remarkable to believe this is the same pitcher who struggled to go five innings his first seven starts of the season, and who walked anywhere from three to six batters in those starts.

"That is pure development and development at its best" Tijerina said. "The dedication that he puts in, and how hard he works is paying off right now. He is in the bullpen everyday working on his mechanics, and that goes back to Rick Peterson's teachings. How repeating a delivery will build consistency and command. He has been on a mission."

Devaney threw his first fifteen pitches for strikes, 11 of those pitches were fastballs in the 89-92 range. Devaney who has been known for his for very slow curveball rarely used it tonight, and concentrated on his fastball and changeup to get the job done.

"I threw a lot more fastballs today, and mixed in a few changeups" the starter said. "In other starts I would use my curve ball a lot, but tonight it was mainly my fastball that I used."

"I felt I had better command of it and I spotted it real well, so I went with what was working."

Devaney, who allowed his only two runs of the night in the seventh, threw 69 of his 89 pitches for strikes on his way to his no walk, nine strikeout performance.

"I was beginning to feel a little heavy in the seventh inning."

Every single Cyclone in the lineup scored a run, and also reached base at least once. Matt Fisher, Ambiorix Concepcion and Yunior Garcia each had two hits, with Tyler Davidson, Grant Psomas, Yunior Garcia each driving in two runs.

"It was a very fun evening" said Tijerina.

The Cyclones maintain a 1.5 game lead over the Hudson Valley Renegades (34-29) and a 2 game lead over the New Jersey Cardinals (35-31). If the season ended today the Cyclones would play the Tri-City Valleycats (42-23) in the first round of the playoffs. Since Tri-City has the best record of the two teams, Brooklyn would play the first game at KeySpan Park with the next two of the best of three series at Tri-City.

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