‘Clones Come from Behind Again, Defeat Jammers 8-6
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Sunday, July 8, 2007

BROOKLYN, NY - For some reason, before today’s game with the Jamestown, Cyclones pitcher Edgar Ramirez was singing “I feel like chicken tonight” outside the team’s clubhouse. Call it destiny or coincidence, but Ramirez and the ‘Clones eventually made the Jammers the ones who did the clucking, coming back from a 5-0 deficit and defeating the Florida Marlins Single-A affiliate 8-6 in a game that resembled more of a home run derby than a minor league baseball game.

“Every time the opposition scores, we come right back and score runs,” said Cyclones manager Edgar Alfonzo. “I’m proud of these guys. We never give up. We have a group of guys here that love to fight and the game’s not over with them until the last out.”

Getting the start today for the Mets Single-A affiliate was Nick Carr, who in three starts this season has compiled a 2.45 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14.2 innings. Pitching only 3.2 innings in his last start against Aberdeen, Carr was looking to pitch a little further into today’s game and came out strong, striking out four Jammers through the game’s first two innings.

Carr wasn’t as dominant in the third however, giving up two runs on two hits and an error, giving the Jammers a 2-0 lead. Continuing to struggle into the fourth, Carr gave up a solo homer off the bat of Dustin Kaats, extending the Jamestown lead to 3-0.

“I was falling behind in the count and my pitch could was up,” said Carr, who ended up striking seven in only four innings of work. “I was struggling with getting ahead and putting guys away.”

Ramirez would then come into the game in the fifth to replace Carr and wasn’t able to keep the Jammers off the basepaths, getting himself into a one out, bases-loaded jam that wound up allowing two Jamestown runners to cross the plate, putting the ‘Clones down 5-0 in the fifth.

Making matters worse for Brooklyn was the Jammers starting pitcher, Anthony Snow, who threw four scoreless frames and limited the Cyclones to only three hits during that span. However after a long top of the fifth, which saw his team bat around and extend their lead, Snow wasn’t the same pitcher and gave up a Brandon Kawal RBI single that broke up the potential shut out and put the Mets Single-A affiliate back in the ballgame.

Like Ramirez, Snow too would get himself into a base-loaded jam in the fifth and would pay the price, giving up five more runs [all earned] on a RBI double by J.R. Voyles and home runs by Raul Reyes and Jason Jacobs, capping off a six-run inning and giving the ‘Clones a 6-5 lead.

“There’s a surreal calm in the clubhouse,” said Jacobs. “We almost know that we’re going to come back and get runs.”

Unfortunately for Brooklyn however, Cyclones reliever Will Morgan would give up a solo home run from Carlos Piste, the fourth of the game, which would tie the score at six, but it wouldn’t stay that way for long. A Matt Bouchard fielder’s choice would score Jake Eigsti, who lead off the inning with a single and would give them the lead back at 7-6.

This time however, the Cyclones wouldn’t give the Jammers the lead back.

A combination of Morgan and Stephen Clyne would then keep Jamestown scoreless the rest of the way, with Reyes adding another home run in the seventh, the fifth of the game from both sides, capping a 8-6 come from behind victory for Brooklyn.

Winning their 14th game of the season and stretching their current winning streak to three, the Cyclones are destroying everything that stands in the way and aren’t looking back.

“We’re always in every game we play,” said Ramirez. “No matter how far down we might be.”