Labor Day Notes: Cyclones Head to Playoffs on Six-Game Winning Streak

Friday: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 4, Staten Island Yankees 0
Saturday: Brooklyn Cyclones 11, @ Staten Island Yankees 4
Sunday: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 7, Staten Island Yankees 4
– The Cyclones are heading back to the playoffs for the third straight year, in search of their first New York-Penn League title since 2001.  The Cyclones will begin their playoff run at home Tuesday against the Staten Island Yankees.

Domingo Tapia was dominant on the hill in Friday’s clincher: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.   It was the first time sine his first start of the year, on June 22 against Johnson City in the Appalachian League, that he struck out as many batters as innings pitched and fanned three times as many as he walked. After struggling early in the Appalachian League season, Tapia put together a 3-1 August with a 1.13 ERA in which he allowed just 17 hits in 24 innings, walking nine and fanning 15.

Philip Evans played shortstop Saturday and Sunday, going a combined 1-for-8.

Danny Muno finished the NYP season with a .355/.466/.514, tops in the League in batting average and on-base percentage and third in slugging percentage and tied for the league lead in doubles (23).  It’s actually the second year in a row that a Cyclone has won the NYP batting title –  Darrell Ceciliani hit .351/.410/.531 in 2010.

– Also, for the second year in a row, a Brooklyn outfielder led the circuit in slugging.  Lat year it was Cory Vaughn (.557).  This year, it was Travis Taijeron with an identical .557 on the strength of nine homers, 13 doubles and five triples.

– After packing in 9,005 fans on Sunday, the Cyclones finished with an average attendance of 7,002 per game – that’s second in the system, trailing only the AAA Buffalo Bisons, who were seventh in the International League with a 7,784 average attendance per game.  The AA B-Mets, last in the 12-team Eastern League averaged 3,183.

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