Brooklyn, NY – July 2nd –
(Photo Courtesy of Kenneth B. Goldberg)
After a Kevin Plawecki home run tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the ninth, Jayce Boyd hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly to right field in the eleventh to lift the Cyclones to a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades.
In his Brooklyn debut, Boyd went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, a run scored, and 2 RBI.
Right fielder Eudy Pina put the Cyclones on the board in the bottom of the third with a solo shot over the right field wall. The home run was his second of the year. Second baseman Juan Gamboa followed up Pina’s blast with a bunt single, but Dimas Ponce grounded into a double play to clear the bases. Shortstop Phillip Evans then singled, before Plawecki grounded into a force out to end the inning.
The Renegades retaliated in the next inning, scoring two runs to take a 2-1 lead. DH Justin O’Conner doubled before back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Hudson Valley. Catcher Luke Maile then grounded into a force out to score O’Connor. Left fielder Joel Caminero singeld in Thomas Coyle to give the Renegades a one run advantage.
Brooklyn, however, reclaimed the lead in the bottom half of the frame. DH Cole Frenzel led off with a double down the right field line to extend his hitting streak to four games. Hudson Valley starter Sean Bierman then hit Stefan Sabol with a pitch on the hand before giving up another double, this time to first baseman Jayce Boyd. Boyd collected his first RBI of the season on the hit. Centerfielder Brandon Nimmo hit a single to plate Sabol.
Cyclones starting pitcher Luis Cessa was pulled after going just four innings and surrendering the two earned runs. He allowed three hits, walked three, and fanned four batters.
Bierman was also replaced on the mound in the fifth. Ian Kendall came in out of the bullpen and with one out, hit Plawecki on the wrist. Sabol hit a two-out single to score Plawecki, extend his hitting streak to eight games, and put Brooklyn up 4-2. Boyd then got his second hit of the night – a ground rule double – which advanced Sabol to third; however Brooklyn was unable to get another run across as Nimmo was called out on strikes.
In the top of the seventh, the Renegades scored three runs on a bases-clearing double by Maile. Reliever Beck Wheeler surrendered a single to Leonardo Reginatto and two walks to Marty Gantt and O’Conner – who all scored on the play. After another walk following Maile’s double, Wheeler was pulled from the mound. Ernesto Yanez came in to get Caminero to ground out for the final out of the inning.
Two four-pitch walks sandwiched a double hit off the bat of Reginatto to load the bases for Hudson Valley in the eighth. The Renegades picked up an insurance run on a sacrifice fly by O’Conner.
But the Cyclones were still alive, as they managed another run in the bottom half of the inning. Boyd tripled and crossed the plate on a fielding error by the Renegades’ third baseman. Down by one run in the bottom of the ninth, Plawecki homered to left to tie the score at 6-6 and send the game into extra innings.
After a scoreless tenth, the eleventh inning began with Plawecki being hit by a pitch. A bloop single by Frenzel and a walk by Sabol loaded the bases, before Boyd’s game-winning sacrifice fly.
Brooklyn reliever John Mincone got the win, having pitched three innings, allowing two hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
The Cyclones will travel to Hudson Valley tomorrow, Tuesday, July 3, to take on the Renegades at 7:00 PM. The team will return home to MCU Park on Wednesday, July 4 to begin a six-game homestand. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM as the Cyclones will face the Williamsport Crosscutters. Tickets are available now by visiting the MCU box office, calling 718-507-TIXX, or CLICKING HERE