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Cyclones slip out of first place

August 21, 2018 By John Torenli, Sports Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Despite getting seven strong innings from staff ace Jaison Vilera Monday night in Tri-City, the Cyclones slipped out of first place in the McNamara Division with a 6-3 loss to the ValleyCats. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Cyclones

Vilera solid, but Baby Bums falter late in 6-3 defeat at Tri-City

After winning two of three games at division nemesis Hudson Valley over the weekend to forge a tie atop the McNamara standings, the Brooklyn Cyclones slipped right back into second place on Monday night.

The Baby Bums swaggered into Tri-City’s Joseph L. Bruno Stadium playing their best baseball of the season, having won nine of their previous 10 contests.

Despite a solid seven-inning stint from staff ace Jaison Vilera, a candidate for New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Year honors, the Cyclones watched All-Star reliever Yeudy Colon give up three runs in the eighth inning en route to a 6-3 loss to the ValleyCats.

The defeat dropped Brooklyn (34-27) one game behind the Renegades in the McNamara, but it remained one length in front of both Staten Island and Mahoning Valley for the 14-team circuit’s lone wild-card spot with only 15 games remaining on the regular-season summer slate.

Vilera was charged with three runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts, raising his minuscule ERA to 1.59. The 21-year-old Venezuelan enjoyed his longest outing since also going seven frames on July 29 at West Virginia.

He left the mound with the game knotted at 3-3, but the normally reliable Colon was unable to navigate his way through the eighth.

Logan Mattix ripped an RBI single and Oscar Campos delivered a run-scoring double during the game-winning rally, sending Brooklyn to its second loss in three contests following a season-high eight-game winning streak that put them in a deadlock for the division’s top spot.

NY-Penn All-Star Game MVP Ross Adolph went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored and Dylan Tice, Carlos Cortes and Walter Rasquin each drove in a run for the Cyclones, who were scheduled to send starter Jose Butto (1-0, 3.86 ERA) to the hill against the ValleyCats on Tuesday night.

 

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