In a season that has been filled with under-performance, the one constant for the Brooklyn Cyclones has been the run game. While the team’s 61 stolen bases place them first in the New York-Penn League, they had yet to approach any sort of franchise record until Wednesday night.
The Cyclones swiped eight bags en route to a 6-3 victory over the Tri-City ValleyCats. The eight stolen bases were the most in a single game in franchise history, surpassing the old record of seven, done on August 13, 2002, and July 20, 2010.
“We have guys that can run a little bit,” said manager Edgardo Alfonzo. “This game is all about putting pressure on the other team, so I think we did a pretty good job of that today.”
Alfonzo said he wasn’t specifically targeting ValleyCats catcher Gabriel Bracamonte, but there was a little bit of personal history there.
“I’ve known the guy since he was little. He comes from my hometown [of Santa Teresa del Tuy in Venezuela].”
For Medina, he has been credited with 20 stolen bases in 21 tries this season, which puts him ten off the single-season team record of 30. That was set by Angel Pagan in the Cyclones’ inaugural season in 2001. Jacob Zanon was in a similar position as Medina last season (20 for 21 on August 4), but the outfielder suffered a torn labrum on August 7 and was shut down or the season.
Brooklyn has now won two of their last three ballgames, but they will need to turn that into some sort of consistency in order to rise up the standings, as the final month of the NYPL season is fast approaching. At 14-28, the Cyclones are 12 games out of first place in the McNamara division, while their odds in the wild card standings, at 11 games out, do not look to good either.