BY GEORGE NAPOLITANO
After a very strong start to the 2018 season, the Brooklyn Cyclones appear to have hit a bump in the road the first week of July. The team managed to win only one game while losing six games with the last five losses coming consecutively.
The Cyclones highlights of the week include a six-inning pitching effort from Kyle Wilson, who allowed one run on three hits with three strikeouts, as well as an eight strikeout performance from Jaison Vilera in seven innings of work. The big hitters of the week were Ross Adolph, Brian Sharpe and Jose Medina who homered, and Chase Chambers, who leads the team in hitting with a .340 batting average.
While it definitely wasn’t the Cyclones best week of the season, the week ended on a high note with an appearance by New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who made a Major League rehab start on July 8 for the Cyclones at MCU Park. Prior to his appearance at MCU Park, Syndergaard was 4-1 in 11 starts with a 3.06 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 64.2 innings for the New York Mets.
In his appearance at MCU Park Syndergaard looked very strong. Syndergaard pitched five innings giving up one run on two hits while striking out seven and walking one. At his post-game interview after his start, Syndergaard declared himself “fit and ready” to return to the Majors. Barring any unforeseen injury, Syndergaard could be pitching for the Mets at Citi Field very shortly.
While a sellout crowd was on hand on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to see the Mets star in Brooklyn, this was not the pitcher’s first appearance at MCU Park. It was actually Syndergaards second start at MCU having pitched for the Cyclones on September 7 of last year.
After Sunday’s game the Cyclones embarked on a week-long road trip and will return to Brooklyn on July 14 for a three-game home stand.