First off, condolences to the family of Warner Fuseli, the radio voice of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Fusselle passed away Sunday night at the age of 68. As a diehard Cyclones fan catching games on the internet when getting down to Coney Island was impossible, Warner had a distinctive relaxed Southern charm and knowledge of the game that gave you the feeling less of listening to a professional announcer on air, but having an old friend tell you a story about a ballgame. He will be missed. In other news, Binghamton ha the night off and Savannah had a twin bill rained out.
Norfolk, 5, Buffalo 4 (6 innings)
Talk about a bad day. The Bisons, behind Jeurys Familia, were rolling with a 4-0 lead even though there was a steady rain in Buffalo all night. In the top of the fifth, a Sean Kazmar throwing error helped open the door to five runs for the Norfolk. A definite turn of the Tides….Moving on. Right after the Norfolk rally, the umps decided it had rained enough and called the game. Familia finished with a line of 5IP, five runs (only two earned) on five hits (1 HR), with a walk and four K’s. His ERA on the season is 4.35, and over his last ten starts he has made it past the sixth inning just once. He also didn’t throw his changeup, relegating him to a two [pitch pitcher. Some scouts thought he was going to have to head to the bullpen at some point, and I’m beginning to agree with them. The newly promoted Matt den Dekker was not available for last night’s game.
St. Luce 3, Charlotte 2 (12 innings)
After Sunday’s 14 innings marathon, the Lucies and the Stone Crabs decided to wrap this one p in a swift 12 innings. Catcher Francisco Pena (son of Tony) led off the top of the twelfth with a solo shot, and it proved to stand up at the end. The story again was the PSL pitchers. Chase Huchingson went seven strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with a walk and a five punch outs. After that, it was all zeros as Kyle Allen went three scoreless, John Church went one and Adam Kolarek this time nailed down the save with by tossing up a goose egg as well.