Voyles Blast Not Enough as Cyclones Get Jammed, 3-2|
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Tuesday, July 10, 2007
BROOKLYN, NY - It may have been a hot and hazy night at Keyspan Park, but the Cyclones offensive attack was ice cold, striking out seven times and leaving nine runners on base, en route to a 3-2 loss to the Jamestown Jammers.
“I just had a meeting with the guys and we talked about staying positive,” said Cyclones manager Edgar Alfonzo. “I don’t know what happened, we hit the ball hard, but we couldn’t score the runs we needed.”
Making his first start of the season was 2007 21st round pick Dillon Gee, who in three appearances in relief this year had a 4.05 ERA and eight K’s in six innings pitched. After struggling in his first outing on June 26, Gee hadn’t given up a run in his last two appearances and earned himself a spot start in the process, replacing the injured Tim Stronach.
Getting on board early for the second game in a row, courtesy of a J.R. Voyles 2-run homer, the Cyclones jumped out to a 2-0 lead after just one inning of play.
“He threw me a fastball high in the zone and I got to it,” said Voyles. “I don’t know what it is, but I seem to hit really well here.”
However, Gee would allow the Jammers to get back into the game in the second, giving up a run on a Ben Lasater RBI single that brought home Ryan Anetsberger, effectively cutting the Brooklyn lead to 2-1.
“I noticed my slider wasn’t working in the bullpen before the game so I was sticking with my changeup and fastball,” said Gee. “Overall, I felt really good and it was nice to get a start.”
Things would get much worse for the Cyclones in the fifth however, after Gee was replaced by reliever Steven Cheney, as the big right-hander gave up two runs on an Osvaldo Martinez sacrifice bunt and a Bryan Peterson RBI single, giving Jamestown the lead at 3-2.
It wouldn’t matter that Cheney, Josh Appell and Edgar Ramirez would keep the Marlins Single-A affiliate scoreless the rest of the way either, as the ‘Clones couldn’t muster any real offense off of Jammers sidearm relievers Kevin Hammons, Garrett Parcell and Steven Cishek the rest of the game, eventually sealing the Mets Single-A affiliate’s fate in a 3-2 loss.
Despite the loss however, Alfonzo isn’t worried and feels that the team’s long road trip coming up will be a bigger test.
“This next road trip is going to be a big test to see where we really are,” said Alfonzo. “I’m very happy with the way these guys are going about their business, so I don’t expect us to have any problems.”