Hansel the Great: Robles flirts with perfection to spark Cyclones’ sweep
Hansel Robles didn’t dare look behind him into the Brooklyn bullpen last Friday night.
The way he was pitching, no one else was bothering to do so either.
The 21-year-old Dominican right-hander, one of four Cyclones hurlers selected to compete in Tuesday night’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game in Mahoning Valley, was on the verge of history after tossing 7 2/3 perfect innings against Vermont before an electrified crowd of 7,175 at Coney Island’s MCU Park.
“I was ready to throw 50 innings,” Robles confessed after Brooklyn pulled out a 1-0 victory over the Lake Monsters, kicking off a three-game sweep that thrust it within one game of first-place Hudson Valley in the ever-tightening McNamara Division race.