Cyclones eliminated from playoff contention!

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Ironbirds 5
Cyclones 3 (11 inns.)

Sept. 5 at Keyspan Park

The Cyclones’ surge to the playoffs ended with a heartbreaking, extra-inning loss combined with a doubleheader sweep by the Jamestown Jammers.

Though ahead in the race for the New York–Penn League’s only wildcard slot by a half-game when the action started, the evening ended with the Cyclones down by a game to the Jammers. Even a win by the Cyclones tonight and a loss by the Jammers wouldn’t change anything because Jamestown is ahead by dint of the tie-breaker.

This contest started out so well, too. The Cyclones scored in the first — on Eric Campbell’s SAC fly — and added two runs in the second after a Seth Williams leadoff triple, back-to-back singles by Josh Satin and Ike Davis and back-to-back sacrifices by Wilmer “Kid” Flores and Jose Jimenez.

But that was all the scoring for the Clones.

Aberdeen tied the score with three in the fourth and then won it in the 11th with a barrage of hits against Yury Santana, the Cyclones closer who was so reliable all year.

The loss — only the Cyclones’ fourth in their amazing 16-game run since the league all star game on Aug. 19 — came at the worst time.

As they say in Brooklyn, wait ’til next year.

Updated 2:13 pm, September 8, 2008
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