Friday, Sept. 4 at Keyspan Park
The spiraling Cyclones got shellacked by the Lowell Spinners, the latest indication that this once-proud team is tumbling just as the playoffs are approaching. Coupled with the Staten Island Yankees’ 13 out of 14 tear, the Cyclones will now officially have to settle for second place in the McNamara Division and the wild card playoff berth.
This game was a regular pitchers’ duel, with Lowell leading 1–0 and Cyclone starter Brandon Moore pitching well. But then, in the seventh, the Spinners broke out for seven runs against reliever Manuel Olivares, who gave up a double, a single, a stolen base, another single, an intentional walk and a SAC fly before getting really hit hard: a double and a three-run homer.
The Cyclones scored two in the bottom of the frame on Nicholas Santomauro’s sixth homer of the year, but it was way too little, way too late — just like the Cyclones’ collapse towards the playoffs.