Holt and Campbell 'M'm! M'm! Good!' In 8-1 Win
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Friday, July 25, 2008
BROOKLYN, NY - Scott Shaw single-handedly shut down the Lake Monsters on Wednesday, but on Thursday night, Brad Holt and the Cyclones offense totally decimated them.
Hurling six innings of two-hit ball and striking out 14, Holt [2-2, 1.91 ERA before the start] kept the Lake Monsters bats silent, while his offense broke out with eight runs on nine hits in a convincing 8-1 win.
“They weren't hitting my fastball tonight,” said Holt. “And after a while, I knew to stick with it. I had my adrenaline going and was pumped up. It made me go a little harder.”
Looking to ignite an offense that has failed to show any sort of consistency at home his season, the Cyclones got on the board early with a four-run first, courtesy of a Jordan Abruzzo RBI single and a three-run dinger from Eric Campbell, giving the Mets Single-A affiliate a 4-0 lead.
In the third, the Baby Bums padded their lead some more, as recent call-up Jose Jimenez drove in two more runs with an RBI double. In the fourth, the Clones ran away with it, as JR Voyles too added two RBI on a blast over the left-center field wall, giving Brooklyn an eight-run lead.
“We're playing well right now,” said Campbell, who had four hits on the night. “This is first time in a month we've been playing consistent. We're as confident as we've been in a while.”
Chris Schwinden came in for Holt in the seventh and quickly gave up a solo-homer, which finally got Vermont on the board, but it wasn't enough. Schwinden rebounded and pitched a scoreless eighth and Wendy Rosa cleaned up in the ninth, putting the finishing touches on a 8-1 Brooklyn win.
Winning four of their past five games, the Mets Single-A affiliate is now 10-8 at home and 17-19 overall. Looking to continue their winning ways against the Staten Island Yankees, a team they'll play their next four games against, the Clones seem confident their season is starting to turn in their favor.
“We're playing better baseball,” said Cyclones skipper Edgar Alfonzo. “I think these guys have figured it out that they have to play harder. They're doing it now..”
Holt's 14 K's ties a team record set in 2001.
Former Clones Carlos Muniz, Joe Smith and Mets All-Star David Wright threw out ceremonial first pitches before the game.
Infielder Jefferies Tatford was sent to Savannah, while infielder Jose Jimenez was sent down from the Sand Gnats to Brooklyn [and arrived 30 minutes before starting in the game]. Infielders Matt Bouchard and Zach Lutz were added to the inactive list and taken off the roster.