‘Clones Cut Down Williamsport 5-1|
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Wednesday, July 18, 2007
BROOKLYN, NY- Looking to continue their winning ways after a 4-game winning streak on the road, the Cyclones got another stellar pitching performance at home from Nick Waechter, who was helped by a two-run homer by Jason Jacobs in the fifth, capping a 5-1 come from behind Brooklyn victory.
After pitching the best game of his young professional career at Keyspan on July 5, giving up a run in six innings, Waechter got the start tonight and didn’t have his best stuff in the early going. Giving up an RBI double off the bat of Williamsport outfielder Michael Taylor in the second, the Cutters got out to an early 1-0 lead. Giving up more than his fair share of runs this season, Waechter, who came into tonight’s game with a 6.26 ERA, didn’t look sharp and left the fans in attendance wondering how long he’d be in the game.
Luckily for Brooklyn however, Williamsport starter Scott Mitchenson wasn’t sharp either and would allow three runs in the third, courtesy of a two-out, RBI double by Will Vogl, bringing home Raul Reyes and Jason Jacobs, who reached on an error earlier in the inning that allowed Micah Schilling to score, giving the ‘Clones a 3-1 lead.
“Vogl comes through all the time for us,” said Cyclones manager Edgar Alfonzo. “Their pitcher left one over the plate and he took care of it. I really like how this team produces offensively; they do all the little things.”
Striking out seven Cross Cutters through the first four innings of the game, Waechter would eventually settle down after a rocky second and show the fans at Keyspan how much poise and moxie he really has. With his slider slicing through the hitting zone and his fastball inducing several ground balls, Waechter was able to keep the score at 3-1 though five innings and put himself in a situation to earn his first victory of the season and his professional career.
“It feels great [to have his first professional win],” said Waechter, who ended up with nine K’s on the day. “Hopefully, I can keep the positive momentum going.”
After getting another dominant inning from Waechter in the fifth, Brooklyn would add on to their lead, as a Jacobs two-run homer, his fourth of the season, would give the Mets single-A Affiliate a 5-1 lead.
“We’re playing really good ball right now,” said Jacobs. “Everything’s coming together.”
Will Morgan would then come out of the Brooklyn pen in the sixth and would stifle the Cross Cutters offense, keeping the game at 5-1 the rest of the way, giving the Cyclones another hard-earned, come from behind victory.
“I gave them everything I had tonight,” said Morgan. “I was really happy they let me pitch in the ninth.”
Coming from behind to earn their league-leading 21st win of the season, the Cyclones look to clinch a series victory and extend their winning-streak to six games with a win tomorrow against the Cross Cutters. For the time being however, the boys from Brooklyn are content with tonight’s victory and love how their season is progressing.
“There’s a certain swagger about this team,” said Jacobs. “We play our hardest every time we’re out there and luckily so far, the outcomes have been in our favor. We’ve been working hard all season and everyone has improved from the first game.”