Behind a stellar pitching effort from starter Ray Clark (3-0) and closer Matthew Brumit, who notched his 20th save, Staten Island blanked the Cyclones 3-0. Clark was brilliant going seven innings, allowing only two hits, while striking out 11. Staten Island second baseman, Robinson Cano drove in two runs with an RBI triple in the top of the sixth inning. Staten Island shortstop, Ferdin Tejeda iced the game with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. The Cyclones, who have scored five or more runs in six of their last eight games coming into last night, went into the tank last night. Cyclones manager Howard Johnson was at a loss when trying to explain the Cyclones flame out offensively. "Good pitching," he said. "Good pitching always beats good hitting."
The Cyclones bats may have been silent, but starter, Jason Scobie, wasn't, tossing seven innings of three run ball, while striking out seven. Unfortunately for Scobie (2-1), run support was non-existent last night, with only one Cyclones player getting passed second base last night. And that was in the first inning. The lack of offense notwithstanding, Johnson was impressed with Scobie. "Jason was great," he said. "He kept us in the game, but unfortunately we couldn't get anything going at the plate."
Staten Island (43-23) is the hottest team in the New York Penn League, winning 13 of their last 15, including seven in a row coming into last night's game. Hot may be an understatement, because the Yankees lead the NYPL in ERA and shutouts.
The loss puts the Cyclones (37-30) in a tough position. Not only do the Cyclones trail Staten Island by 6 ½ games, but they also trail in the NYPL wild card race by 4 ½ games, with nine games remaining.
On a positive note, Cyclones second baseman, Joe Jiannetti extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the first inning.
The Cyclones still have a chance to salvage the series with two more games against Staten Island beginning Wednesday.
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