Entering Tuesday, the Cyclones needed one win in their final two regular season games or a Batavia Muckdogs loss to clinch a playoff berth via the NYP Wild Card. Neither happened. The Cyclones lost by eight runs, and the Muckdogs were rained out at home and forced into a Wednesday doubleheader in Jamestown.
On the field, Gabriel Ynoa (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was solid, but the bullpen of Matt Bowman (the Tim Lincecum copy and Beck Wheeler) allowed seven runs in four combined innings to turn a close game into a laugher.
SS Philip Evans was 2-for-4 to lift his season line to .252/.328/.337 as a 19-year old in the NYP. Notably, Gavin Cecchini came in for Evans and played an inning in the field. It was the first time he’s played shortstop in a game since breaking his finger on August 1.
CF Brandon Nimmo was 0-for-4 with a strikeout to slip to .248/.372/.406. The 19-year old has now drawn 46 walks and struck out 78 times in 69 games. Walks are good, strikeouts are bad, and Nimmo has had a lot of both in his first professional season. In the coming years, watch carefully, how his approach evolves, and whether he makes enough contact.