Wednesday: Boyd Carries Cyclones

SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 7, @ Hudson Valley (TB) 4

The Cyclones won their third straight game to stay two games up in the NYP League wild card hunt with seven to play.

The suddenly red-hot 1B Jayce Boyd (pictured) led the way, going 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and four RBI. Boyd has homered in three straight games and hit safely in seven of his last eight improving from .214/.297/.310 in that span to his current line of .241/.327/.385. Nathan Weiss, who writes our gametime threads in the afternoon, reported that Boyd’s homer was “quite a shot.” Boyd is 21 right now, and should open next year as the starting first baseman in Savannah.

CF Brandon Nimmo (.260/.386/.413 – 63 games) was 0-for-3 with two walks. His 44 walks are second in the NYP.

Gavin Cecchini, this year’s first round pick, entered as a pinch-runner and then in a subsequent at-bat was hit by a pitch. According to Nathan Weiss, writes that he was plunked, “on the right wrist and seemed to be in a lot of discomfort. After a prolonged look by the trainer he stayed in as the baserunner and his
turn as DH never came back up.”

SS Philip Evans had a tough night in the box score (1-for-4, 2 K, 2 E) and apparently in person, it was worse. Nathan again: Evans had an awful night in the field.  On the two plays where he would have had to make a strong big league throw to get the runner he flubbed the glovework on one and made an errant throw on the other.  He also made two misplays that were not errors.  Hate to judge a guy on his worst day, but yikes it was ugly.

RHP Gabriel Ynoa was good, if not great: 5 Ip, 5 H ,2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.