Voyles Two RBIs and Waechter’s Gem Help ‘Clones Sweep Twinbill 4-0|
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Wednesday, August 29, 2007
BROOKLYN, NY - After taking down Hudson Valley in the first game of the twinbill, the Cyclones continued to get great pitching to support an early lead, taking down the Renegades 3-0, thanks in part to a one-hit, complete game shutout by starter Nick Waechter.
“He was awesome tonight,” said Cyclones manager Edgar Alfonzo. “He had great tempo and kept the ball down all night long.”
Losing his first start since June 30 in his last appearance at Keyspan on August 24, Waechter would start the second game of the twin bill and was absolutely fantastic, striking out seven and walking none in easily the best start of his young professional career.
“I told you guys the last time I pitched that everyone needs to lose sometimes; it brings you back down to earth,” said Waechter. “I think I pitched well tonight, but it was only because my defense was sharp and they made things easy for me. They were the real stars of the game; they didn’t want to lose.”
Scoring again in the first inning like they did in the first game, Brooklyn sent two runners across the plate, via a J.R. Voyles RBI double that put them up 2-0.
Giving Brooklyn even more of a cushion, Ezekiel Carrera continued his hot-hitting in the fifth inning and gave the Cyclones a 3-0 lead with an RBI single after Will Vogl led off the inning with a triple. With Carrera on third after a stolen base and a ground out by Jason Jacobs, Hudson Valley reliever Adam Suchowiecki gave up a balk that allowed him to score and stretched the ‘Clones lead even further, giving them a 4-0 lead.
“We had momentum tonight after the way we played in Vermont before this series,” said Voyles. “We’re looking good right now.”
While the Cyclones bats got them the lead, it was Waechter who kept it. Wasting no time on the mound, Waechter dominated a Hudson Valley team that couldn’t seem to handle his fastball or get enough of his changeup. Pitching a complete game, one-hit shutout, Waechter was pied in the face by his teammates afterwards and was the driving force in the team’s 4-0 victory.
“He went out there and had a game plan and was really successful,” said Cyclones catcher Jeffries Tatford. “He had pinpoint control today and because of that, he made my job really easy.”
Winning the second game of the twin bill, the Cyclones won their 22nd game of the season at home, stretching their lead in the McNamara Division to 4.5 games over the Staten Island Yankees.
“We’ve responded well since the losses against Oneonta last week,” said Waechter. “We’re ready to play now.”