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CYCLONES CRUISE PAST HUDSON VALLEY, 5-1

CYCLONES CRUISE PAST HUDSON VALLEY 5-1

On Tuesday night, the Brooklyn Cyclones and Hudson Valley Renegades met for the first time this season. Going into the contest, the Renegades were red-hot, coming off of a four-game sweep against Aberdeen, with three walk-off victories. Meanwhile, the Cyclones entered the game with very hot-cold previous play splitting their four-game home-away series against Staten Island.

The Cyclones jumped on the Renegades early on and did not look back as they picked up their third victory of the season by a score of 5-1.

Making his first start of the year for Brooklyn was Corey Oswalt. Oswalt who was originally scheduled to pitch the previous day had his mother and grandmother in attendance to watch his first start. For his mother, this was the first time seeing her son play since high school, when Corey was still a position player. Unfortunately, Corey’s father and brother had to return to San Diego, missing him pitch, once again.

It was a great game to watch Oswalt pitch, the righty found his rhythm early on. Despite giving up a single, Oswalt was able to work his way through the first inning in just six pitches.

During the bottom half of the first, the Cyclones bats, which were fairly quiet since Brooklyn’s eight run output on opening day, started to make an appearance. After an error and single to put men on base, first baseman Michael Katz ripped a ball into right-center, splitting the outfielders, scoring two runners, and giving Katz his first triple of the season.

Moments later, Tomas Nido would hit a sharp grounder into the gap between the third baseman and shortstop, who would rob the Cyclones catcher of a hit. Katz would score on the play, giving Brooklyn a 3-0 lead.

Before popping out to end the bottom of the first inning, Cyclones right fielder Michael Bernal hit a bomb to left field and nearly hit the first Brooklyn home run of the season, alas, the ball went into foul territory. However, three innings later, another Brooklyn outfielder, Joe Tuschak would hit a liner to right field that just had enough height to get over the wall to give the Cyclones their first homer of the season.

In the seventh inning, manager Tom Gamboa went to the bullpen, bringing in piggyback starter Scarlyn Reyes. Before getting pulled, Oswalt pitched a fantastic game. Following the single he gave up in the first inning, Oswalt retired 14 batters in a row. Through six innings of work on the mound, he also struck out eight batters, the most for any Cyclones pitchers this season.

Reyes picked up right where Oswalt left off, through three innings, he was able to pick up his first save of the season, the second for the Cyclones, while setting down nine batters, four via the strikeout.

After a rough few nights defensively for the Cyclones, position players were an out away from a perfect game, until Katz mishandled a ground ball rolling to his left. After being unable to come up with the ball, the lone Hudson Valley run scored, and Katz was charged with an error. The very next at-bat Reyes was able to get another ball on the ground, this time to shortstop Amed Rosario who was able to jog it over to second base, wrapping up a 5-1 Brooklyn win.

The Cyclones head to Hudson Valley for a pair on Wednesday and Thursday before venturing down I-95 to Aberdeen for a weekend set against the IronBirds.  The Cyclones return to MCU Park on Monday, June 23rd as the team celebrates "Brooklyn: The Musical."  Tickets, which start at just $10 are on sale now and can be purchased at BrooklynCyclones.com, the MCU Park box office or by calling 718-507-TIXX.

--Christopher Dela Rosa
BrooklynCyclones.com

CYCLONES CRUISE PAST HUDSON VALLEY 5-1

On Tuesday night, the Brooklyn Cyclones and Hudson Valley Renegades met for the first time this season. Going into the contest, the Renegades were red-hot, coming off of a four-game sweep against Aberdeen, with three walk-off victories. Meanwhile, the Cyclones entered the game with very hot-cold previous play splitting their four-game home-away series against Staten Island.

The Cyclones jumped on the Renegades early on and did not look back as they picked up their third victory of the season by a score of 5-1.

Making his first start of the year for Brooklyn was Corey Oswalt. Oswalt who was originally scheduled to pitch the previous day had his mother and grandmother in attendance to watch his first start. For his mother, this was the first time seeing her son play since high school, when Corey was still a position player. Unfortunately, Corey’s father and brother had to return to San Diego, missing him pitch, once again.

It was a great game to watch Oswalt pitch, the righty found his rhythm early on. Despite giving up a single, Oswalt was able to work his way through the first inning in just six pitches.

During the bottom half of the first, the Cyclones bats, which were fairly quiet since Brooklyn’s eight run output on opening day, started to make an appearance. After an error and single to put men on base, first baseman Michael Katz ripped a ball into right-center, splitting the outfielders, scoring two runners, and giving Katz his first triple of the season.

Moments later, Tomas Nido would hit a sharp grounder into the gap between the third baseman and shortstop, who would rob the Cyclones catcher of a hit. Katz would score on the play, giving Brooklyn a 3-0 lead.

Before popping out to end the bottom of the first inning, Cyclones right fielder Michael Bernal hit a bomb to left field and nearly hit the first Brooklyn home run of the season, alas, the ball went into foul territory. However, three innings later, another Brooklyn outfielder, Joe Tuschak would hit a liner to right field that just had enough height to get over the wall to give the Cyclones their first homer of the season.

In the seventh inning, manager Tom Gamboa went to the bullpen, bringing in piggyback starter Scarlyn Reyes. Before getting pulled, Oswalt pitched a fantastic game. Following the single he gave up in the first inning, Oswalt retired 14 batters in a row. Through six innings of work on the mound, he also struck out eight batters, the most for any Cyclones pitchers this season.

Reyes picked up right where Oswalt left off, through three innings, he was able to pick up his first save of the season, the second for the Cyclones, while setting down nine batters, four via the strikeout.

After a rough few nights defensively for the Cyclones, position players were an out away from a perfect game, until Katz mishandled a ground ball rolling to his left. After being unable to come up with the ball, the lone Hudson Valley run scored, and Katz was charged with an error. The very next at-bat Reyes was able to get another ball on the ground, this time to shortstop Amed Rosario who was able to jog it over to second base, wrapping up a 5-1 Brooklyn win.

The Cyclones head to Hudson Valley for a pair on Wednesday and Thursday before venturing down I-95 to Aberdeen for a weekend set against the IronBirds.  The Cyclones return to MCU Park on Monday, June 23rd as the team celebrates "Brooklyn: The Musical."  Tickets, which start at just $10 are on sale now and can be purchased at BrooklynCyclones.com, the MCU Park box office or by calling 718-507-TIXX.

--Christopher Dela Rosa
BrooklynCyclones.com



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