LoDuca and Jacobs Dingers Not Enough, Cyclones Fall 9-7
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Saturday, August 25, 2007

BROOKLYN, NY - Over the course of the season, the Brooklyn Cyclones have gotten amazing pitching performances from both their starting rotation and bullpen. However, in the second game of tonight’s doubleheader with Oneonta, the pitching staff was absolutely lambasted by the Tigers, while the defense committed three costly errors in a 9-7 loss.

“We made too many mistakes tonight,” said Cyclones manager Edgar Alfonzo. “Our defense wasn’t good and our pitching staff didn’t have it.”

Unlike the first game of the doubleheader where the Cyclones didn’t get on the board until the fourth inning, they combined for three runs and three hits in the first in the second game, courtesy of a Lucas Duda RBI triple and a towering two-run homer from Jason Jacobs, putting them up 3-0.

“I was feeling good today,” said Jacobs. “It feels great to play good, but it would have been better if we won.”

However, despite the early run support, Brooklyn starter Nick Carr [4-1, 4.15] wouldn’t have his best stuff, giving up two runs in 2.1 innings pitched and would leave in the third in favor of Dan McDonald. Mirroring the shoddy pitching performance the team had in the first game of the doubleheader, McDonald gave up four earned runs in an inning pitched before he was replaced by Will Morgan. Morgan then managed to continue the misery, giving up two more runs, putting Brooklyn down 8-3.

“I don’t know what’s going on with me lately,” said Morgan. “My past few outings, I haven’t been myself. We probably would have won today if I didn’t pitch.”

Josh Appell would come out of the pen in the fifth and stop the bleeding for the ‘Clones, pitching three strong innings, giving up only one run in the seventh and giving his team a fighting chance to come out victorious.

“Appell looked good tonight,” said Alfonzo. “We put him in a tough spot and he did the job.”

Making up for his 0 for 3 performance in the first game, Paul LoDuca smoked a two-run dinger of the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth that put the Mets Single-A affiliate within striking distance. Jacobs would stroke another homer over the scoreboard at Keyspan Park in the sixth, cutting the Oneonta lead to 8-6.

In the end however, it wasn’t enough, as the baby Mets would fall 9-7 after getting only get one run across the plate on a Duda RBI single in the seventh and leaving runners on first and second base after Jacobs was called out on strikes on a controversial call.

“No way he swung,” said Morgan. “He never took the bat off his shoulders.”

Losing both of today’s games against Oneonta due to inept fielding and pitching, Brooklyn wasn’t a happy team in the clubhouse after the game, but feel the best way to make up for today’s unspectacular play is with a series win in Vermont.

“We’re not mad. We need losses like this every once in a while, it keeps us realistic,” said starter Nick Waechter. “Now we just have to go to Vermont and take care of business.”