Short Season Weekend Edition: Brooklyn Clinches Division title; Aderlin Rodriguez still mashing

SS-A: (Sat)- Brooklyn Cyclones 10, @ Connecticut Tigers 0

          (Sun)- @ Connecticut Tigers 6, Brooklyn Cyclones 3

The Brooklyn Cyclones (44-22) clinched their 5th division title in 10 seasons, in style with a dominating 10-0 victory over Connecticut on Saturday night.  With the victory combined with a Hudson Valley loss, the Cyclones are division champions for the first time since 2007.  The dominating performance was led by starting pitcher, Yohan Almonte.  Almonte (8-4) went the distance for the complete game shutout, as he gave up 6 hits, while walking none and striking out 5.  The complete game was the first for Almonte in 14 starts this season.   Over his last 10 starts, Almonte has been dominant: 6-2, 1.42 ERA, 63 1/3 IP, 46 hits, 10 er, 9 bb, 43 K.

The Cyclones offense produced 10 runs and 15 hits, including homeruns by Blake Forsythe (2-4, HR, RBI) and Jeff Flagg (2-4, HR, RBI).  Other offensive stars include: Darrell Ceciliani (2-5, 3B, 3RBI, SB), Cory Vaughn (2-4, 2B, RBI), James Schroeder (2-4, 2 2B, RBI), and Justin Schafer (3-5, 3 runs, 2B, RBI).

On Sunday, the Cyclones offense could only muster up a  three-run homerun by Cory Vaughn (1-4, HR, 3RBI), his team leading 13th on the season.  Vaughn also leads the team with 49 RBI.  Angel Cuan (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season, pitching 5 innings, giving up 6 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned, walking 1, and striking out 3.

SS-R: (Sat)- Kingsport Mets 6, @Greenville Astros 4

          (Sun)- Bristol White Sox 4, @ Kingsport Mets 3- Game 1

          (Sun)- Bristol White Sox 3, @ Kingsport Mets 1- Game 2 

Aderlin Rodriguez continues to swing the bat well, as the Kingsport Mets (28-37) are just playing out the string.  Over the weekend Rodriguez was 5-10, with 2 doubles, a homerun, and 4 RBI.  Rodriguez has gotten stronger at the plate as the summer moves forward, as he is hitting (.343/.369/.556), his highest batting average over any month this season.  For the season Rodriguez is hitting (.312/.352/.556) with 13 HR and 48 RBI.

SS-R: GCL Mets 6, @ GCL Astros 1

A six-run 2nd inning led the GCL Mets (31-25) to a 6-1 victory over the GCL Astros. 

Ernesto Yanez (1-2): 5 IP, 4 hits, 1 er, 1 bb, 4 K.