Wappingers Falls, NY -- July 18 -- After going 10 games without a home run, the Cyclones connected on a pair of round-trippers en route to a 7-3 victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades. Rainy Lara improved to 4-1 after allowing three runs, two earned, over his 5.0 innings. Kevin Plawecki paced the Brooklyn bats with a 3-3 effort, including an RBI double.
Brooklyn wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on Wednesday evening as Jeff Reynolds, making only his second start of the season, connected on a leadoff home run to give the Cyclones an early 1-0 advantage.
After two scoreless innings, Brooklyn’s lead would grow in the top of the fourth, and once again, it was courtesy of the long ball. Dimas Ponce connected on a two-out single to start the threat and Eudy Pina followed with a booming blast over the left field wall to push the Cyclones advantage to 3-0.
But in the bottom of the frame, the Cyclones got a taste of their own medicine as Tommy Coyle connected on a solo blast off of Rainy Lara to trim the Brooklyn lead to 3-1 after four.
The back-and-forth scoring continued in the fifth inning courtesy of an RBI double from Kevin Plawecki that chased home Ponce to make it 4-1 in favor of the Cyclones. But in the bottom of the frame, the Renegades struck again, this time thanks to a Leonardo Reginatto double, to slice the Cyclones lead back to a pair at 4-2.
The Renegades cut even further into the lead in the sixth, taking advantage of a pair of Cyclones miscues. Eudy Pina dropped a foul pop up that would have been the first out of the inning, extending the at-bat for Justin O’Conner, who promptly singled to start the threat. The Renegades designated hitter moved into scoring position on a passed ball that eluded Brooklyn’s backstop Jeff Glenn before scoring on a line drive single off the bat of Tommy Coyle, which made it a one-run game at 4-3 in favor of the Cyclones.
David Wynn tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit, to keep the Cyclones ahead by a single run. But in the ninth Brooklyn would extend their lead with some breathing room courtesy of Brandon Nimmo.
The ninth inning rally started with a two-out single from Pina and a walk of Jeff Reynolds to put a pair of runners aboard. Nimmo then cleared the bags with an opposite field two-RBI double that was coupled with a missed catch error by Renegades shortstop Ryan Dunn that allowed the Cyclones centerfielder to circle the bases to push the Cyclones advantage to 7-3. Tyler Vanderheiden pitched a perfect ninth to close out the game and give Brooklyn the victory.
After splitting a pair with the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Cyclones now gear up for a four game series with the Staten Island Yankees beginning Thursday night at Richmond County Bank Ballpark. The series will shift settings to MCU Park on Friday evening when the division rivals square off on FDNY Night at the ballpark. It will also be Dillon Gee Bobblehead night courtesy of Lutheran Medical Center. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 718-507-TIXX, in person at the MCU Park box office or at BrooklynCyclones.com.
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