Call it the playoff appearance that wasn’t, call it an early exit, but what everyone can the Cyclone’s two game sweep at the hands of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers is disappointing.
Brooklyn’s offense just could not get in gear against the Scrappers, scoring a grand total of two runs and seven hits in their two playoff games; both 3-1 losses.
Game one, played at Keyspan Park, saw Cyclones ace Mark Cohoon pitch seven strong innings, giving up three runs on five hits.
Mahoning Valley took the lead in the third inning when catcher Dock Doyle’s throwing error on Jaun Aponte’s bunt allowed a run to score from third.
Jason Kipnis added a solo home for the Scrappers in the top of the fourth, and by then it was already over. Nick Santomauro added a solo homer of his own in the bottom of the seventh for Brooklyn’s only run.
Their ace defeated, the Cyclones sent pitcher Brandon Moore to the mound in the must-win game two. Moore, who pitched a no-hitter earlier in the season, was less dominant this time, allowing three runs on five hits in five innings.
Mahoning Valley took control of the game in the third inning, when Kipnis hit his second home run in as many days, a two-run bomb to right-center, giving the Scrappers a 3-0 lead.
The quick exit is shocking considering how strong the Cyclones looked early in the season, when scoring 10 runs a game seemed to be a nightly occurrence. Indeed, Brooklyn looked to be a trendy to pick to win the league title after a 15-2 start in July.
July, however, seems like an lifetime in the aftermath of September, which saw Brooklyn blow a 4.5 game lead over the Staten Island Yankees, and lose division lead for good in the final week.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised with the sweep. They say baseball playoffs are won by the team with the most momentum heading in.
Well, the Brooklyn Cyclones certainly had the least momentum of all, which is why their playoff stay was the shortest.