If you are in the New York-Penn League this is about the right time to become a hot team, and the Brooklyn Cyclones (32-28) have done a good good building up steam, while now sitting in first place in the Wild Card Standings.
Brooklyn was able to earn the Series Finale victory over the Lowell Spinners (28-31) by a final of 5-1 in New York-Penn League Action on Thursday night.
Shining the brightest on this night were two of Brooklyn’s six All-Stars as Starter Corey Oswalt and Third baseman Jhoan Urena both made huge impact in the game.
Oswalt (6-1) went six innings, giving up only one run and one walk, while striking out four Lowell batters. The righty showed why he will be one to watch for on August 19. The Pitcher was hit by a comebacker in the top of the second, but was able to grind it out to gain the victory.
The offense for Brooklyn were able to strike early, as a Tomas Nido two-run single in the bottom of the first got the offense going. Nido did well behind the dish, making several key defensive stops against a very good Lowell team.
Lowell plated their only run in the top of the fifth inning, before small ball allowed the Cyclones to have a 3-1 lead. Iron Man Urena added on to the lead in the bottom of the sixth by lining a two run shot over the left field wall to make the score 5-1.
In addition to his homer, Urena kept his playing streak alive, as the infielder is the only one in the New York-Penn League to participate in all 59 games this season. Jhoan also now has a 10-game hitting streak, the 19-year-old now has three double-digit hit streaks on the season. He is the only player in franchise history to have three double-digit hit streaks in one season.
Brooklyn’s pen continued the strong night of pitching as both Brad Wieck and Gaither Bumgardner were both able to keep Lowell scoreless.
The Cyclones will now be on the road for three games against the Vermont Lake Monsters, before the New York-Penn League All-Star Game takes place on August 19. After that it will be long-time rival the Staten Island Yankees in the Ferry Series, in what should be a thrilling ride to the final few games of the New York-Penn League Season.
Prior to the game the team took time to honor one of baseball greats in Gil Hodes as his wife Joan Hodges and son Gil Hodges, Jr. were on hand for a special pre-game ceremony.
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