By BILL SULLIVAN
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
NILES -- There was no power shortage at Eastwood Field Monday night.
Six of the eight runs produced were the result of homers as the Brooklyn Cyclones defeated the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 6-2 in a New York-Penn League game before 3,851.
With Kevin Dixon pitching one of the best games of his early career, the Scrappers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a 375-foot homer to left by catcher Omar Casillas.
It was the second home run of his career by Casillas, the first coming two seasons ago.
"He's been putting in a lot of quality at-bats," Scrappers' manager Rouglas Odor said.
"Anytime you go up there with that type of mentality, you're going to have success."
The blast was also the first home run by any Scrapper since Derrick Peterson went yard in Aberdeen on July 24 -- a spell of 13 games.
"It's nice to see some offense. We'd like to have some more, but they're trying hard," Dixon said.
Strong starting effort
Dixon yielded base hits to two of the first three Cyclones he saw then settled down. He went five innings, allowing just the two hits and only one walk.
"A couple of guys got on but I didn't get too worried right away," Dixon said.
"I tried to keep throwing strikes and have the batters get themselves out."
Using a sinker well, Dixon retired eight straight at one point.
"Some of those pitches were a two-seam fastball or sinker," Dixon said.
"I felt pretty good tonight. It's something I'm kinda working on. I haven't mastered it but it felt pretty good tonight. It seemed like it moved a lot."
When pitches begin low batted balls tend to stay low.
For example, 10 of the 15 outs Dixon recorded came on ground balls.
Dixon got ahead of many of the hitters he faced and liked the situation.
"It's a huge advantage," he said.
"If you start off with a first pitch strike you got the advantage the rest of the at-bat. You can kind of throw whatever you want after that point. The batters at the mercy of you."
Odor praised the work of Dixon.
"He was sharp," Odor said. "He had a hard sinker. They couldn't touch it; they couldn't do anything."
The Cyclones (26-20) tied the game 1-1 in the seventh inning when Josh Peterson homered to left.
That homer came off Mahoning Valley reliever Nelson Hiraldo who replaced Dixon.
"Hiraldo threw two decent innings," Odor said. "I know he gave up a homer but overall he was tough."
In the last of the seventh, the Scrappers (22-25) went in front, 2-1. Casillas reached on a bunt single and Derrick Peterson delivered his second straight double.
Things came undone in the eighth when Albert Vargas relieved Hiraldo.
With two out, Vargas allowed a single and a walk before Jonel Pacheco homered to left, making it 4-2.
"It's sad because he did a pretty good job his first outing here and he did a great job in Burlington in 19 innings," Odor said. "He was solid. This was his worst outing throughout the whole year."
Vargas also allowed another Peterson homer to left in the ninth for the final margin.
Holden cf3110Lytle dh4010
Pacheco lf4113Constanza cf4000
Stewart dh3010Fornasiere 2b3020
Evans 1b4000Longworth rf4000
Peterson 3b4222Clem 3b4000
Gamero rf4000Casillas c4221
Malo 2b/ss4100Peterson 1b4021
Butera c4011Deleon lf2000
Santana ss2000Chavez ss3010
E--Fornasiere. DP--Cyclones 2; Scrappers 2. LOB--Cyclones 4; Scrappers 5. 2B--Stewart; Peterson 2. HR--Pacheco; Peterson 2; Casillas. SB--Holden. CS--Lytle.
Aguilar W, 3-0431102
Vargas L, 1-1245422
Umpires--Home, Brad Myers; First, De'Andre Anderson. T--2:17. A--3,851.