The Brooklyn Cyclones (42-34) were able to earn the 3-1 regular season finale victory over the always tough Staten Island Yankees (37-38) but the Connecticut Tigers (42-34) earned a 9-8 victory over Lowell, and the earlier Season Victory over the Cyclones to advance to the New York-Penn League Playoffs.
In order for Brooklyn to advance to the Postseason they would have needed a victory from the Lowell Spinners (37-38) who had the lead early, and the opportunity to tie things up late, but in the end the Tigers held on to the victory and advanced to the 2014 Playoffs.
It was a season of missed opportunities for the Cyclones, who had the opportunity to earn a series victory over the Tigers but were unable to do it, while also being in the drivers seat heading into the final weeks of the season.
During that final stretch it was a tough three-game loss to the Tri-City ValleyCats that put Brooklyn in this position to begin with. There were many highlights during the course of the year though for the Cyclones, who got to see the development and growth of many young men during the course of the year.
Starter Corey Oswalt had an outstanding season, after missing the 2013 season with a knee injury, became an All-Star in 2014 with a 6-2 overall record and a 2.26 ERA.
Righty Marcos Molina was able to finish the season tied for the NYPL lead with seven victories, lead the New York-Penn League in ERA (1.77) and ranks among the top in strikeouts with 91 to become the first in franchise history that a pitcher has led all three major statistical categories.
The Cyclones found an Iron Man in Third Baseman Jhoan Urena, who not only played well in the field but came up with some big at-bats for the team throughout the year. Though he came onto the team later on Outfielder Michael Conforto thrilled fans with not only his great defensive play, but his bat.
Those are only four names that highlighted the 2014 Cyclones Season, as the legacy of greatness continues out on Coney Island as the 2014 Edition finished with a record of 42-34, their 14th consecutive season with a record of .500 or better.
Brooklyn also led the New York-Penn League in attendance with 231,628 fans coming through the gates at MCU Park – nearly 70,000 fans more than any other team in the ballpark.
Now fans will have to wait and count down the days till the 2015 season, to see what the new batch of Cyclones can bring while keeping an eye out on former Cyclones as you never know who will be promoted now that the season is completed.
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