By Jerry Del Priore
In was the first time in starting pitcher Jaison Vilera’s three-year professional career that he didn’t record a strike out in an appearance. But the six-foot, 186-righty, who’s headed to New York Penn League All-Star game, tossed five solid innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just four hits and a walk as the Brooklyn Cyclones (short-season, Single-A NY Mets) defeated the Lowell Spinners, 3-1, in extra frames Sunday at LeLacheur Park.
Outfielder Jose Medina went 3-4 with two RBI, including an insurance run-scoring single in Brooklyn’s two-run eighth inning to swell a one-run lead to 3-1.
Billy Oxford (6-1) picked up the win in the eight-inning contest, while Ryan Gilliam shut the door on the Spinners (29-25, Red Sox) for his fourth save of the season.
However, the victory didn’t come without a measure of drama for Gilliam, who whiffed first baseman Trey Ganns with runners on the corners in the bottom of the eight for the save.
The Cyclones’ win puts it at 30-25, only a half-game out of the wild card spot as the All-Star Break hits.
The 2018 New York-Penn League (NYPL) All-Star Game will take place at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Tuesday, August 14.