"I wasn't pitching very smart" said Devaney on his performance the first two innings, in which he gave up two hits on four runs. "I was getting ahead in the count, but was not expanding the zone. I felt like I had decent stuff today, but early on I was not spotting anything."
"He was having trouble locating, and he was leaving balls over the plate" said Tijerina on his starter. "When you do that you will get hit around."
"The positive is that he got hit early, but he still kept his composure, and that is a sign of maturity and self-confidence."
The floodgates would open in the sixth inning, when the Cyclones would score four runs on just one hit and three Batavia errors.
Caleb Stewart reached on an error by short stop John Hardy, and advanced to second when Jim Burt was hit by a pitch. Grant Psomas attempted to sacrifice the runners over, however ended up doing more than that when third base man Samual Orr made a wild throw to the short stop covering third base, throwing the ball into left field to score Stewart, with Burt going to third and Psomas to second. Aaron Hathaway would then single to right field, however right fielder Ryan Frith misplayed the ball, which allowed Hathaway to advance to second, and scoring Jim Burt and Grant Psomas. After Ryan Coultas pinch ran for Hathaway, he advanced to third on a pass ball and eventually scored on a Corey Coles sacrifice fly.
"We have done that before, and it happens to everyone. I was just happy how we swung the bats later in the game and produced runs" said Tijerina, who was referring to the four spot the Cyclones put on in the seventh inning, on four hits.
The scoring began with a Tyler Davidson RBI single, which was followed by a Grant Psomas RBI double. Newly acquired catcher Jesus Flores then stepped to the plate making his Cyclones debut, and on the second pitch he saw, he hit a rocket shot to deep left center field estimating a distance of 435 feet, causing the 6,910 in attendance to give him a standing ovation was he was rounding the bases.
"Wow, that was impressive" said Tijerina. "I just wanted to get him some at bats and get his feet wet."
"I feel very good about the home run and am just so happy I can be here and play with this team" said Flores through translator Edgar Alfonzo. "I just saw a fastball and made very good contact with it."
Eddy Camacho would throw two scoreless innings of relief following Devaney, and Blake Eager also made his Cyclones debut in the ninth, pitching a scoreless inning.
The Cyclones (40-30) maintain a one game lead in the division over the Hudson Valley Renegades (38-30). Mahoning Valley (39-33), winners of 8 of their last 10 games, trail Hudson Valley by one game in the Wild Card standings.
Four games remain in the NY-Penn League schedule. Wednesday night will feature the Cyclones finishing their series with the Batavia Muckdogs, as well as the Renegades finishing with the Lowell Spinners, and Mahoning Valley finishing up with Williamsport.
The final three games of the year will feature the Brooklyn Cyclones facing the Renegades, with the first and third game of the series being played at Hudson Valley. Mahoning Valley will travel to Batavia for a three game series.
Best Cyclones Ever?
Ambiorix Concepcion is just one hit short of tying Ian Bladergroen and Jay Caligiuri for the most hits every by a Cyclones in a single season (78). He has already tied Frank Corr for the single season record in RBI's with 46, and is two stolen bases away from trying Angel Pagan for the single season, and career record with 30.
NOTES: Dante Brinkley took fly balls from hitting coach Donovan Mitchell and is still expected to see some possible playing time against Hudson Valley…
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