Gee, Cyclones Put Valley Cats to Sleep, 11-2|
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Sunday, July 22, 2007
BROOKLYN, NY - After losing two games in a row for the first time this season, the Brooklyn Cyclones got an amazing pitching performance from Dillon Gee and 18 hits to go along with 11 runs, effectively neutering the Tri-City Valley Cats 11-2.
Making the start today for the Mets Single-A affiliate was Dillon Gee, who in four appearances so far this season had been sensational, striking out 14 batters in 17.1 innings with no walks and a 2.60 ERA. Keeping Tri City scoreless through 5.2 innings before being replaced by Will Morgan in the sixth, Gee pitched the best game of his short professional career and earned the praise of his manager and teammates.
“He looked like Greg Maddox today,” said Cyclones manager Edgar Alfonzo. “He was that good.”
“He was amazing,” said Cyclones DH Chris Fournier. “He pounded the zone with his changeup. He just dominated.”
With Gee being uber-strong on the mound today, the Cyclones offense didn’t need to be perfect, but after getting a two-run dinger from Will Vogl in the third, his first of the season, Brooklyn looked primed for a huge inning at sometime in the game. Adding on to their lead in the fifth, the ‘Clones got a Brandon Kawal RBI single that would score Raul Reyes and stretch the lead to 3-0, but their were bigger things waiting to happen for them at the plate.
“I felt great out there and I was just trying to mix all my pitches in,” said Gee, who had five K’s and gave up only three hits in 5.2 innings of work today. “However, I couldn’t have done it by myself and those guys played great defense for me. I didn’t have to worry about anything today.”
Fanning 25 hitters in only 15.1 innings this year, Morgan has been equally dominant for the Cyclones this season and didn’t disappoint today. Keeping the V-Cats scoreless through the eighth, before Stephen Clyne finished things up and surrendered two runs in two innings pitched, the Brooklyn bullpen proved that their mediocre performances at how the past few days were a fluke.
However the ‘Clones would have gotten by just fine without another stellar pitching performance from their staff, getting RBI singles from Vogl, Jason Jacobs, Reyes, Fournier and Matt Bouchard in a seven-run sixth, where the Cyclones offense finally exploded. When the inning was finally over, the Mets Single-A Affiliate would find themselves with a 10-0 lead against a Tri-City team that never got going, effectively putting the Houston Astros Single-A affiliate away for good.
Despite having Tri-City wave the white flag in sixth, the Cyclones continued to add on the offense, as Reyes added another RBI single to his resume in the seventh, officially putting the game away at 11-0.
Tri City would put up some offense however, as Brandon Barnes would final break the shutout bid in the ninth with a two-run double. However, Clyne would then retire the next two batters he faced, putting the finishing touches on a 11-2 victory.
Winning their 12th home game of the year, Brooklyn looks to take the rubber game of a three-game set with the Valley Cats tomorrow. With Mets outfielder Moises Alou scheduled to make a rehab start at Keyspan tomorrow as well, the Cyclones will get even more offense added into their lineup and feel more confident than ever.
“We keep a positive attitude even when we lose,” said Fournier. “We had a really strong BP today and we just carried it into the game. Plus, we’ll have one of the Mets best hitters in our lineup, someone that might be a hall of famer one day, so we know we just have to go out there and take care of business. ”