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08-04-01, 07:59 PM

Cyclones Spin 19th Straight at Home

Daily News Sports Writer

While the Mets have struggled, their little brothers seem to have it all figured out.

The Brooklyn Cyclones the Mets' Single-A affiliate in the New York-Penn League won their 19th straight at KeySpan Park and for the eighth time in nine games overall last night, beating the Pittsfield Astros, 6-3, in Coney Island.

The Cyclones are 32-13 this season, and last night was a great example of why they've been so successful.

Trailing 3-2 in the sixth, the Cyclones rallied for four runs. The big hit was a three-run homer by Robert McIntyre.

Another excellent performance by the bullpen made the lead stand up. Lefty reliever Blake McGinley got the win, throwing 5 1/3 innings and allowing no runs on three hits and one walk. He struck out six.

Starter Mike Cox was pulled after 3 2/3 innings despite giving up just two hits. When he left, the Cyclones trailed 3-2 and he had already walked five batters, hit one and threw three wild pitches.

And if Cyclones catcher Tyler Beuerlein hadn't started the game-winning rally with a one-out double in the sixth, it would have been a lost night for him. He looked helpless as Pittsfield stole nine bases, and he even had trouble throwing the ball back to the mound.

But the Cyclones' sixth made that all seem meaningless.

After Beuerlein's double got things going, John Toner reached base on an error and Forrest Lawson followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 3-3.

McIntyre followed with his sixth homer of the season, a drive over the left field wall that put the Cyclones up for good.

Cyclones manager Edgar Alfonzo has been thrilled with the way his young team has played so far. He's particularly happy with the work his bullpen has done.

"That's the best. It makes my job easy," Alfonzo said. "When you have good pitching and clutch hitting, it's beautiful."