Friday Night Short Season: Chris Hilliard dominant for Brooklyn; Aderlin keeps on hitting

SS-A: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 2, Aberdeen Ironbirds 0     

Chris Hilliard was the star of the show, pitching 8 shutout innings in the 2-0 victory over Aberdeen.  The Brooklyn Cyclones (43-21) left-hander gave up only 2 hits, while walking only 1 and striking out 4.  Hilliard (pictured)  improved to 9-1, 3.77 ERA on the season.  Ryan Fraser pitched a scoreless 9th, for his team leading 12th save. 

The win cuts the Cyclones magic number to two, to clinch the McNamara Divison title.

SS-R: Burlington Royals 4, @ Kingsport Mets 3

Aderlin Rodriguez (2-3, 2 RBI, BB) continues to hit, and is now at .304/.344/.538 for the season.  The 18-year old is 15-40 (.375) with 9 rbi over his last 10 games.  ZeErika McQueen (2-4) and Ismael Tijerina (2-3, 2 runs, 2 SB) also had multi-hit games for Kingsport (27-35).

Michael Weldon pitched 4 perfect innings, while striking out four, in relief of starter Jhonathan Torres (5 IP, 8 hits, 4 er, 4 k, 2 HR).

SS-R: @ GCL Mets 2, GCL Cardinals 1

Nestor Moreno (1-4, 2 RBI) drove in 2 with a single in the 3rd inning. 

Zack Cox, the Cardinals 1st round pick, started at 3B and was 1-3, with a walk and 2 strikeouts.

There are 2 comments

  1. sjc88

    Good to hear about the performance of Chris Hilliard for Brooklyn. Also, has anyone seen Ryan Frasor? His numbers look good but does he really have closer stuff or is he just pitching at the back-end? I see the 12 saves and it looks good. We need to find more pitching, maybe that is a start.

  2. josesthyroid

    I’ve seen him pitch both on TV and in person. He throws very hard and mostly fastballs from what I’ve seen. He’s still a few years away from being considered a possible ML relief arm and he needs to develop a significant “out” pitch. He throws a decent breaking ball but ML hitters will just lay off of hit because he doesn’t throw it for strikes to often. He’s a big guy and as I said earlier, he throws hard and in SS NYPL, sometimes that’s enough to get by. The key will be next year when he starts at Savannah or maybe even St. Lucie depending upon where they need a late inning reliever and if he can be as dominant. If he can and can learn to throw a splitter, change-up or breaking ball for strikes, with his fastball, we might have a future closer or at work a power relief arm out of the pen.

    Let’s go Cyclones!

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