Voyles and Reyes Propel Cyclones Over Doubledays 4-2
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Monday, August 13, 2007

BROOKLYN, NY - Before missing significant time with a plethora of injuries this season, Brooklyn infielder J.R. Voyles quickly become a fan favorite at Keyspan Park and was a huge reason in the team’s success.

Playing in his third game after returning his last injury, one he sustained after being struck with a fastball a few weeks ago, Voyles looked like the player he was a month ago, going 3 for 4 with an RBI, leading the ‘Clones in a 4-2 come from behind victory.

“I was a little worried about him coming back after the injury,” said Cyclones manager Edgar Alfonzo. “He’s so important to the team. He’s the difference in our lineup and he’s always in the middle of our offense. Getting him back is very important for us.”

Looking to shake the remnants of a horrible start his last time out where he gave up four runs in 4.1 innings of work, Cyclones starter Dillon Gee was exactly perfect, giving up five hits and a run in innings of work, but he did pitch well enough for Brooklyn to come out victorious.

“I felt pretty good, but I shouldn’t have given up that one run,” said Gee. “I should have given up more, but our defense, as always was really solid.”

However unlike their mediocre offensive performance last night, the Mets Single-A affiliate answered back in the bottom of the fourth, courtesy of a Raul Reyes fielder’s choice with the bases loaded that would tie the score at one.

Tim Stronach would come out of the Brooklyn pen in the fifth and would calm things down, keeping the Doubledays scoreless in his first inning of work. However, the ‘Clones offense was unable to get any runs across the plate, thanks to two runners getting caught stealing in the fifth, as the awkward delivery of Auburn starter Kyle Walter made it difficult for both Matt Bouchard and Brandon Kawal to get quality jumps.

“I think they got their signals crossed,” said Alfonzo. “They got to be smarter on the basepaths. I took them out of the game after that and had a talk about it with both of them.”

With the score still deadlocked at 1-1, the Cyclones would get RBI hits from Voyles, Reyes and Will Vogl that put them up 4-1. With Stronach continuing to deal through the seventh inning and Brant Rustich and Eddie Kunz giving up only one run the rest of the way, Brooklyn coasted to a 4-2 come from behind win.

Winning the rubber game of the series and their last contest before the All-Star break, Alfonzo feels that the break couldn’t have come at a better time.

“Everybody is going to go home happy,” said Alfonzo. “We’ll come back on Wednesday after the break and keep things going.”