Owen’s Masterful Performance and Timely-Hitting Ground Ironbirds
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Wednesday, June 27, 2007

BROOKLYN, NY - Brooklyn pitcher Dylan Owen may be a shy and low-key guy off the field, but tonight, he was a lion, hurling no-hit ball through five innings and paved the way for a 7-3 Cyclones win.

“He threw really well tonight,” said Cyclones pitcher Dan McDonald. “His off-speed stuff was really working.”

The Cyclones have shown a knack for coming from behind this season, but got started early offensively tonight and gave Owen all the support he needed. A JR Voyles two-run line-drive homer that hit off the very top of the left-center field wall at Keyspan gave Brooklyn an early 2-0 lead in the first and thanks to a throwing error by Aberdeen third baseman Douglas Reinhardt in the third that brought Yasmil Bucce home, the ‘Clones were up 3-0.

The Mets single-A affiliate wouldn’t give up the lead the rest of the night.

“Things have just been happening for me lately,” said Voyles, who has quickly been nicknamed “J-Money” by the writers at Keyspan, due to his proficiency with runners on base. “He threw me a high fastball and I didn’t think I hit it high enough, but it managed to clear the wall.”

Unlike last night, when the Cyclones needed five runs to come away with a victory, Brooklyn starter Dylan Owen kept the Ironbirds hitless in five innings of work and racked up six K’s on only 48 pitches. Making his professional debut on June 22, Owen knew beforehand that he wasn’t going to be able to go the distance.

“He was a last minute start today,” said manager Edgar Alfonzo. “[Brooklyn starter Todd] Privett got hurt and felt something pop in his arm during his last start, so Owen knew he was going to have a limited pitch-count. We really wanted to keep him in, but we couldn’t.”

Brooklyn would continue to add to their lead in the fifth, as a Jason Jacobs RBI single would score Voyles, giving the ‘Clones a 3-0 lead. However, in the sixth, with Dillon Gee replacing Owen, the Ironbirds would end the threat of a combined no-hitter, racking up four hits and two runs, cutting the Cyclones lead in half.

Gee continued to struggle in the seventh, giving up two hits, before being replaced by Will Morgan, who would throw a wild pitch to the first hitter he faced, cutting the Cyclones lead to 4-3 before ending the inning on a strikeout. With the team up one run in the eighth, lefty reliever Grady Hinchman would enter the game for Brooklyn and keep the game deadlocked at 4-3 until a Matt Bouchard RBI single and another error from Reinhardt would end up scoring two more runs, giving the Mets single-A affiliate a four-run cushion with one inning left to play.

Brooklyn reliever Dan McDonald would come in and strike out the side, including former major leaguer Bubba Trammell, slamming the door shut on a 7-3 Cyclones victory.

Now with a 6-2 record through the first eight games of the season, the Cyclones are opening up eyes with amazing pitching and timely hitting, proving that they may be the best team overall in the NY-Penn league.

“We’ve clicked here very quickly,” said McDonald. “The organization wants to win here and that’s what we’re going to do.”