Despite sending 8 players to the NY-Penn All Star game, the Cyclones couldn’t bring home a victory for the National League, as the American League rallied for three runs in the eight inning en route to a 4-3 victory on August 17.
The Cyclones left their mark on the game though. In the fourth inning, Joe Bonfe hit a ball to Lowell Spinners shortstop Jose Garcia. Garcia’s poor throw resulted in an error, allowing Brooklyn’s Cory Vaughn to score and help the NL build a 3-1 lead.
The Cyclones had almost as tough a time with the rain as they did with opponents last week. Rain forced Brooklyn (40-21) to suspend their game against Vermont on August 21st, and caused the teams to postpone the game the next day. The teams will resume to suspended game on August 31st, and then the teams will play a double-header the next day.
Pitcher Chris Hilliard was once again a force for Brooklyn. On August 21st, Hilliard handcuffed Vermont for 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and fanning five batters in Brooklyn’s 6-1 victory. Hilliard has improved his record to 6-1 with a 4.83 ERA and 37 strikeouts on the season. A control freak, Hilliard has walked only 9 batters all season, and hasn’t walked a batter in either of his last two outings.
The Cyclones will blow through the Stedler division this weekend, playing three games against Connecticut (30-32) before facing division leading Vermont (31-28).
Friday, August 27th is Ron Darling bobblehead night, as the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a bobblehead in the likeness of the Mets’ electric pitcher.