Owen Continues Magical Season as ‘Clones Defeat Staten Island 1-0|
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Tuesday, August 21, 2007
BROOKLYN, NY - Losing the last two games against the Yankees, the Cyclones were anxious to get tonight’s contest in before the rain came. Managing to get the game finished without a hitch, the ‘Clones got just enough hitting to support another gem from their pitching staff, defeating Staten Island 1-0.
Looking for his seventh win of the season tonight for the Mets Single-A affiliate was Dylan Owen, who in eight of his nine starts this season had pitched past the fifth inning and had been a rock in an injury-filled Cyclones rotation.
“The way he’s pitched this season, he’s been our ace,’ said Cyclones manager Edgar Alfonzo. “Even when he’s on the bench, he’s watching the opposition and making sure he’s prepared when he’s on the mound.”
J.R. Voyles would get Brooklyn on the scoreboard in the first, hitting an RBI single off of Staten Island starter Chris Farley that would give the ‘Clones the lead. Later in the sixth, Voyles would just miss a home run with Lucas Duda on second base with one out, but the Cyclones still found themselves up 1-0, thanks to great pitching by Owen.
Singling after Voyles’s fly out and moving Duda over to third, Raul Reyes was caught stealing with two outs, ruining any chance the ‘Clones had at stretching their lead against their division rivals. Obviously not a call made by Alfonzo, who was livid in the dugout after the nixed stealing attempt and proceeded to rip the lineup card off the wall in disgust.
“I was trying to set up the delayed double steal,” said Alfonzo. “I wanted him to steal, but I wanted him to wait a little longer. He didn’t do what I wanted him to.”
Keeping the Yankees scoreless through six innings, Owen gave up only three hits and struck out five, thanks in part to his electric slider and consistent fastball that was hovering in the black throughout the night.
“I just went out and did what I always do,” said Owen. “I throw strikes and hope the defense supports me and they haven’t let me down all season. Tonight was just one of those nights again.”
Stephen Clyne came out of the Brooklyn pen in the seventh and wasn’t perfect, giving up a couple of hits, but he still managed to keep the game deadlocked at 1-0. Continuing to pitch into the eighth, Clyne would keep the ‘Clones in the game, while closer Eddie Kunz would finish things up in ninth and earn his third save of the season in a 1-0 win.
Winning their first game in the current four-game series with Staten Island, Brooklyn now finds themselves up four games over their rivals for the lead in the McNamara Division.
Most teams would be happy with their current situation; the Cyclones however, know that their 2-2 record since the All-Star break needs to be improved before they can make a serious run at the NY-Penn League championship.
“The last few games we were flat and that’s why we lost. Today, we were solid,” said Alfonzo. “If we continue to play like this, I don’t see us having any problems. We just have to stay consistent.”