Cyclones

Michael Conforto hadn’t taken one of his sweet left-handed swings in anger since June 2, making his first at-bat as a Brooklyn Cyclone quite a big deal for the two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year from Oregon State.

“There was a little bit of butterflies,” Conforto confessed after flying out to deep center field at MCU Park in his Coney Island debut last Saturday night, marking his initial plate appearance since OSU got knocked out of the College World Series Regionals early last month.

“But it comes back to you quick, just like riding a bike.”

First-year Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa admitted that his team’s confidence was at an all-time low following its season-high eight-game losing streak, which culminated in last Friday night’s ugly 12-7, 15-inning home defeat to Jamestown.

Having committed five errors in back-to-back contests, and winless since a 4-0 victory at State College on July 9, the Baby Bums were desperate to get off the schneid and remember what it felt like to walk off the field as victors.

A season that began with such great promise – 11 wins in their first 15 games – has turned into a prolonged summer swoon for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

And the heat keeps intensifying.

Losers of all but four of their last 17 contests, the punchless Baby Bums matched a season high with their sixth consecutive defeat Wednesday night, dropping a 5-2 decision to the visiting Jamestown Jammers before a paid crowd of 8,848 at MCU Park.

Free Keith Hernandez bobble heads for the first 2,500 in attendance and a host of other gimmicky exploits were a hit with ‘Seinfeld’ fans at MCU Park Saturday evening. The ‘themed’ Cylcones home game in Coney Island revolved around the legendary ’90s television show to commemorate its 25th anniversary debut.

Corey Oswalt appears to have this pitching thing down.

The 20-year-old right-hander from San Diego extended his season-opening scoreless innings streak to 13 Monday night, but the Brooklyn Cyclones had their six-game winning streak snapped with a 1-0, 10-inning loss to visiting Hudson Valley in front of 5,289 fans at Coney Island’s MCU Park.

If the first full week of action is any indicator, the Brooklyn Cyclones will be as exciting a roller-coaster ride as their world-famous namesake this summer on Coney Island.

Recently drafted LSU product Tyler Moore lofted a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning as the Baby Bums outlasted the Hudson Valley Renegades, 4-3, on Wednesday night in Wappinger Falls, N.Y., kicking off a five-game road trip with the their second consecutive win.

To a man, the Cyclones were embarrassed by the way they played in Monday night’s ugly 7-2 loss to the rival Staten Island Yankees.

The Baby Bums committed four errors, surrendered nine walks, uncorked a pair of wild pitches and committed a balk during the finale of the season-opening four-game set against their Verrazano rivals in front of the home faithful.

The 2014 Cyclones began their season-opening four-game series against the rival Yankees with a big bang before a standing-room only crowd in Brooklyn on Saturday night, only to complete it with a dud in front of 4,814 paying customers Monday evening at Coney Island’s MCU Park.

After having their originally scheduled opener washed away in Staten Island on Friday night, the Cyclones (2-2) wasted little time showing off their brand new lineup for the Baby Bums’ faithful on Saturday.

Tom Gamboa gave up the comfortable environs of the golf course to rediscover his roots as a baseball lifer this summer on Coney Island.

Armed with a roster full of fresh faces and a couple of returnees to the 2014 Brooklyn Cyclones, the franchise’s newest manager is raring and ready to go as the Baby Bums open their 14th campaign across the Verrazano Bridge against the rival Staten Island Yankees on Friday night.

“I’m excited to come back and teach young guys,” Gamboa told the Eagle after accepting the post following a three-year hiatus from managing back in March.

The Brooklyn Cyclones will host its second annual Star Wars night on Aug. 2 with a special themed jersey, a mascot bobblehead giveaway and more.

The Cyclones will appropriately be wearing a Darth Maul (of the Sithclones) themed jersey with Brooklyn across the chest in the Sithclones' native Aurebesh. The Cyclones' Twitter feed compared its upcoming Star Wars themed jerseys to other minor league teams that have done this promotion in the past, calling their own Sitclone outfit the very best.

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