Combined Shutout Puts Yankees to Bed in 5-0 Brooklyn Victory|
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Tuesday, September 4, 2007
BROOKLYN, NY - After splitting last night’s doubleheader with Staten Island, the Cyclones found themselves a game and a half ahead of them, while needing only two more wins to clinch the division. Getting three runs in the fourth inning and an amazing outing from Nick Carr, the ‘Clones coasted to a 5-0 win, putting them two and a half games ahead of their division rivals and that much closer to the McNamara division crown.
“We really don’t like this team and we know they don’t like us,” said Carr. “So it feels really good to get the win today.”
Struggling through his last few starts at Keyspan, Carr was greeted by ‘Clones skipper Edgar Alfonzo early on for the third time in as many games, after walking the first batter he faced on four pitches. Settling down afterwards, Carr wouldn’t give up a run through the rest of his start.
“I just don’t like to see pitchers with stuff like his walk people, so I went out there and told him to challenge them,” said Alfonzo. “After that, he was outstanding.”
Even though he was working much slower on the mound then he usually does, Carr, who hadn’t won a game since August 4 against Oneonta, was stellar, giving up only three hits in seven innings to get the victory, while striking out four.
“He asked me if I was scared out there,” said Carr in regards to Alfonzo’s meeting with him on the mound. “I think he wanted me to prove him wrong and he got me fired up. After that, I got all three of my pitches working for me and got good defense.”
With Carr dealing on the mound, the ‘Clones would get onboard in the fourth, getting RBIs from Jake Eigsti, Raul Reyes and Cesar Cordido, putting the Mets Single-A affiliate up 3-0. Continuing to give Carr offensive support in the sixth, Cordido hit a sacrifice fly that scored Matt Bouchard and that stretched the lead to 4-0.
“Carr looked great today and we helped him out when he needed it,” said Bouchard, who had two hits today and has hit .379 since the All Star break. “We got a bunch of big hits today.”
Up 4-0 going into the eighth, Will Morgan replaced Carr and finished off the Yankees, hurling two innings of shutout ball, while another hit from Cordido would allow Reyes to score in the bottom of the frame, putting Staten Island away in a 5-0 Cyclones win.
Already clinching a playoff spot with a win yesterday against Staten Island, Brooklyn now has their sights set on winning their first McNamara Division Championship since 2004.
“This team is like a family,” said Cyclones catcher Jason Jacobs. “We’re all working together and trying to do the best we can. Right now, I wouldn’t want to play with any other group of guys in the world.”