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Class-A: Brooklyn Cyclones Win 1st NY-Penn League Title

The New York Mets Low A ball affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones, defeated the Boston Red Sox affiliate, the Lowell Spinners, 4-3 to win their first NY-Penn League Championship. In 2001, they shared the title with the Williamsport Crosscutters, after the series was cancelled due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Cyclones won three straight games in the end of the season to tie the Hudson Valley Renegades for first place in the NY-Penn League McNamara division with a 43-32 record and earn the division title.

Brooklyn faced off against the Renegades in the first round of the post season, won the series 2-1, advancing into the Championship game.

The Spinners finished the 2019 season at 42-34, while winning the NY-Penn League Stedler division by eight games.

Lowell battled back after dropping their first postseason game, and winning the last two, to propel them into the Championship round.

In game one of the finals, Brooklyn and Lowell played through a pitchers duel with the Cyclones scoring two late and holding on for a 2-1 victory. The Spinners received an outstanding performance from Jorge Rodriguez, who relieved starter Brock Bell in the third and tossed five shutout innings, allowing just one hit, one walk and struck out five. But the offense did not click, as Lowell only managed one run on two hits to drop game one.

On Monday, the Spinners jumped on the Cyclones in the top of the second, scoring three runs and held on behind a solid pitching performance from Noah Song (3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K) and Chris Murphy (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K), to tie the series at 1-1.

With a winner take all game three, Brooklyn scored in the bottom of the second to take a 2-0 lead. Lowell battled back with two runs in the top of the third to tie the game. Both teams offense was shut down til the top of the seventh when Lowell took a 3-2 lead. But the Cyclones added two more runs in the bottom of the frame to go ahead for good at 4-3. The Spinners rallied one more time in the top of the ninth, getting the tying and go ahead runners on base, but could not make it happen, as Andrew Edwards struck out Alex Erros, sending all of Brooklyn fans into pandemonium as their beloved Cyclones were crowned champions.

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