Cyclones 2004 McNamara Division Champions

On Monday morning the Cyclones looked at the NY-Penn League standings and saw themselves in second place, for the first time in the season. By Monday night they were back in first, and they made sure never to let go of the lead this time. The Cyclones defeated the Hudson Valley Renegades 3-2 Thursday night extending their winning streak to four games, and winning the McNamara Division for the third time in their four year history.

The Cyclones opened the scoring in the second inning when catcher Jesus Flores singled to center field scoring Jim Burt who reach base on a single and advanced to second on a Dante Brinkley walk. Brinkley was back in the lineup after missing 11 games with a high ankle sprain.

Hudson Valley would tie the game in the fourth, however Brooklyn quickly regained the lead in the fifth inning when Matt Fisher doubled down the left field line to score Grant Psomas, who struck out but reached base on a wild pitch. Once again the Renegades tied the game in the seventh inning, and for the second time the Cyclones took the lead in the next inning, and this time did not give it up.

Tyler Davidson hit a ball to right field that was misplayed and allowed him to reach third base on the error, however the ball went into the dugout on a wild throw to third base, and Davidson was awarded home to give the Cyclones the 3-2 lead.

Joe Williams started the game for the Cyclones and gave up three hits in his five innings of work and an unearned run, while walking two and striking out six. Chuck Smith relieved Williams and allowed a run and a hit in his 1 1-3 innings of work, while Eddy Camacho improved to 3-2 with 2 2-3 innings of scoreless baseball, striking out four.

In the last five games the Cyclones pitching staff has allowed just 7 walks while striking out 61.

Michael Devaney, who finished the regular season 5-0 with a 1.95 ERA, will be on the mound Monday night when the Cyclones begin their quest for the 2004 NY-Penn League Championship against the Tri-City Valleycats. Game 2 of the three game series and game 3 (if needed) will be played at Tri-City.

Despite clinching the playoffs the Cyclones are expected to stick with their rotation the final two games of the season. Evan MacLane (5-3 3.25) will be on the mound Friday night, in the Cyclones final regular season home game of the season. Mets third round pick Gabriel Hernandez, is expected to pitch in relief during Friday's game. Scott Hyde (4-3 3.23) will finish the regular season for the Cyclones on the mound at Hudson Valley.

Mike Swindell is expected to start Game 2 of the series with Joe Williams starting Game 3, if needed. Joe Williams could also be moved up to start Game 2 and still have his normal four days of rest, and the same with Evan MacLane starting Game 3 of the series. Given the consistency of the Cyclones rotation late in the year it is not expected that the rotation gets changed.


PLAYOFF TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

You can still buy tickets for the 2004 playoff run. Tickets are available for games A, B and C. The Cyclones first playoff game will be Monday September 6 at 7:00pm. The opponent has not yet been determined, however it appears very likely to be the Tri-City Valleycats. To purchase tickets, fans can call 718-507-TIXX, visit www.brooklyncyclones.com, or stop by the KeySpan Park Ticket Office. Prices remain the same for the postseason ($5, $10, $12). In the event that games are not played, fans will be able to receive a refund, or credit their 2005 account. There is a non-refundable two dollar service charge for orders placed by phone or internet.

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