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YA WIN SOME, YA LOSE SOME, CYCLONES SPLIT FIRST DOUBLEHEADER

 

YA WIN SOME, YA LOSE SOME, CYCLONES SPLIT FIRST DOUBLEHEADER

On Monday night, the Cyclones got underway with a marathon of four games that would take place at MCU Park over the course of 24 hours. The first game was a continuation of July 2nd’s game, which was suspended in the top of the second inning with Hudson Valley in the lead 1-0. Despite falling behind midway through game one, Hudson Valley would rally late to win 8-4 and Brooklyn would do the same in game two to steal one against the Renegades, 3-2, splitting the first doubleheader.

Game One (Hudson Valley def. Brooklyn 8-4)

The Renegades got their run on the board during the second inning before the delay on a double by Elias Torres, who is no longer with the team, driving in Daniel Miles.

When the teams resumed, there were no changes to the Brooklyn lineup, but Hudson Valley replaced the departed Torres with Braxton Lee in right field, and following an injury to the catcher Mac James, Wilmer Dominguez took over for him behind the plate.

With Octavio Acosta back on the mound, things kicked off shortly after 6 PM, and despite a stolen base from Lee who began the game at second base, was able to get out of the inning without allowing the runner to score.

Despite a strong offensive output against Aberdeen the night before, the Cyclones could not immediately carry over the momentum from their 7-0 victory the night before. Michael Bernal led the inning with an infield fly, Tyler Moore grounded out, and Jeff Diehl who entered the game with a 10-game hitting streak struck out looking.

In the bottom of the fourth, leadoff hitter Tomas Nido hit a soft single into center to get the first hit by a Brooklyn batter in the game since Wednesday night. The very next at-bat Jhoan Ureña, who had a 3-for-4 day against Aberdeen on Sunday afternoon, went yard, hitting the ball in the opposite direction to left field. The ball had just enough to clear the high wall in left; Ureña’s third home run of the season would put Brooklyn ahead of Hudson Valley 2-1.

After a quiet top half of the fifth, the Cyclones were threatening once again. Jeff Diehl extended his hit streak to 11 games with a single to center field. Then the Cyclones exchanged runners at first base when Will Fulmer reached on a fielder’s choice. The next at-bat, Dimas Ponce took a fastball to the hand that would knock him out of the game, bringing in Amed Rosario.

A strikeout by Joe Tuschak would be the second out of the inning, but a third strike wild pitch would put Fulmer and Rosario at second and third. Tomas Nido came up clutch, slapping a single up the middle to score the two runners and put his team ahead by three runs.

In the top of the sixth, Hudson Valley cut the Brooklyn lead in half with some small ball. Following a double by the center fielder Bralin Jackson, Jace Conrad and Casey Gillaspie grounded out in consecutive at-bats but were able to advance Jackson each time.

The two out run would not be it for Hudson Valley that inning. On a 2-2 pitch from Acosta, Renegades designated hitter Hunter Lockwood pulled a ball over the left field wall that had plenty of distance, and was able to stay fair to make it a one run game once again.

The game began to look a bit shaky for Acosta in the top of the seventh when he gave up a leadoff single to Wilmer Dominguez on a hard hit ball that reached the left field wall. After a sacrifice bunt by Braxton Lee to advance Dominguez and the first out of the inning, Dominguez was able to advance to third on a wild pitch by Acosta, and would score that same at-bat after a single from Clayton Henning.

After the single to tie the game, Acosta was pulled from the game, bringing the lanky lefty, Brad Wieck. It looked as if the Cyclones were going to be able to get out of the inning without losing their lead after Alec Sole grounded into what should have been a double play ball. A throwing error on the relay for the second out of the play by Rosario sent Sole to second. Sole would steal third and a then a single off the bat of Bralin Jackson would plate Sole to give Hudson Valley a 5-4 lead.

It would not be long before the Cyclones would answer with a rally of their of own. The very next half inning, Jeff Diehl and Will Fulmer hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second with no outs. Because of the aforementioned injury to Ponce, the singles brought Amed Rosario to the plate.

Rosario would strike out, but the runners would advance after a dropped third strike that Dominguez could not find, barely having time to get Rosario running to first. Joe Tuschak would strike out swinging as well, bringing up Nido, who already drove in a few runs. Nido gave the ball a good ride to right field, but Braxton Lee was able to track it down while back peddling to get Gannon out of a jam.

Wieck would continue to pitch in the eight inning, but got himself in a bit of early trouble, giving up a leadoff double to Casey Gillaspie. A strikeout and fly out by the next two batters would take some weight off of Wieck’s shoulders but ultimately the runner would score on a single by Wilmer Dominguez to give the Renegades a 6-4 lead going into the final inning and a half.

Things started to fall apart in the top of the ninth when the Cyclones brought in righty Cameron Griffin in relief. Two infield singles and a walk would load the bases for Hudson Valley, putting Griffin between a rock and a hard place.

A single and then error the next at-bat with the bases loaded would plate another two runs. Griffin would strike out Lockwood to get the first out, but would not finish the inning, being replaced by Edioglis Villasmil with the bases still loaded. Villasmil would strike out the remaining two batters to get out of the inning.

The Cyclones were unable to get anything going in the bottom of the ninth and would go on to fall to the Renegades, 8-4.

Game Two (Brooklyn def. Hudson Valley 3-2)

Shortly after 9 PM, the Cyclones and Renegades faced off once again, this time righty Corey Oswalt took the mound for the Cyclones.

Brooklyn was able to overcome a Hudson Valley 2-0 lead late in the game to steal one from the Renegades and split the first doubleheader.

After a scoreless top of the first, the Cyclones were unable to jump on the board early, despite having runners on second and third with one out. Both Michael Katz and Tomas Nido had chances to drive in a run, but both would strike out swinging against the Hudson Valley starter, Hunter Wood.

An error by first baseman Jeff Diehl on a short hopped throw from Amed Rosario and walk would put runners on first and second for Oswalt to start the top of the third inning. Two groundouts would advance the runners; the second would score to give Hudson Valley a 1-0 lead. With a runner on third and two outs, Oswalt would strike out the last batter to get out of the inning, leaving Hudson Valley hit-less still.

The very next inning Oswalt would find himself in a very similar situation, two infield singles and one single to the outfield would load the bases with no outs in the inning. Oswalt would be able to work his way out of the inning without too much damage, only giving up one run to head into the bottom half of the fourth down 2-0.

During the bottom of the fifth, it was Brooklyn’s turn to put the pressure on. Luis Arrizurieta walked and would advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Tuschak. A single from Tucker Tharp and walk by Rosario would load the bases for Jhoan Ureña. Ureña who has arguably been the hottest hitter this season for the Cyclones came up short, striking out swinging. Michael Katz however, was able to drop one in shallow right field territory for a 3-RBI double to give Brooklyn their first lead of the game.

Oswalt continued to pitch through the sixth inning and was able to throw a 1-2-3 inning. Through the 6.0 innings he tossed on Monday night, Oswalt allowed two runs; only one was earned, on four hits, and retired seven batters by way of strikeout, one shy of his season high.

In the top of the seventh, Shane Bay entered to close out the game. Bay struck out the first batter, Alec Sole, but would give up a single to Chris Talley on a sharply hit ground ball up the middle. Bay would strike out Braxton Lee on a long at-bat for the second out and do the same against Coty Blanchard to end the game. Despite it taking 28 pitches, Bay picked up his fifth save of the season and is now five-for-five in save opportunities. Unfortunately Jeff Diehl who had a 0-for-3 game, had his hitting streak snapped at 11 games.

The Cyclones have two more games against the Renegades on Tuesday starting at 11:30 AM, making it their second doubleheader in a row. Tickets will be just $1 after 2PM for fans that wish to enjoy some great baseball. To purchase tickets visit the MCU Park box office, call 718-507-TIXX, or visit BrooklynCyclones.com.

 

YA WIN SOME, YA LOSE SOME, CYCLONES SPLIT FIRST DOUBLEHEADER

On Monday night, the Cyclones got underway with a marathon of four games that would take place at MCU Park over the course of 24 hours. The first game was a continuation of July 2nd’s game, which was suspended in the top of the second inning with Hudson Valley in the lead 1-0. Despite falling behind midway through game one, Hudson Valley would rally late to win 8-4 and Brooklyn would do the same in game two to steal one against the Renegades, 3-2, splitting the first doubleheader.

Game One (Hudson Valley def. Brooklyn 8-4)

The Renegades got their run on the board during the second inning before the delay on a double by Elias Torres, who is no longer with the team, driving in Daniel Miles.

When the teams resumed, there were no changes to the Brooklyn lineup, but Hudson Valley replaced the departed Torres with Braxton Lee in right field, and following an injury to the catcher Mac James, Wilmer Dominguez took over for him behind the plate.

With Octavio Acosta back on the mound, things kicked off shortly after 6 PM, and despite a stolen base from Lee who began the game at second base, was able to get out of the inning without allowing the runner to score.

Despite a strong offensive output against Aberdeen the night before, the Cyclones could not immediately carry over the momentum from their 7-0 victory the night before. Michael Bernal led the inning with an infield fly, Tyler Moore grounded out, and Jeff Diehl who entered the game with a 10-game hitting streak struck out looking.

In the bottom of the fourth, leadoff hitter Tomas Nido hit a soft single into center to get the first hit by a Brooklyn batter in the game since Wednesday night. The very next at-bat Jhoan Ureña, who had a 3-for-4 day against Aberdeen on Sunday afternoon, went yard, hitting the ball in the opposite direction to left field. The ball had just enough to clear the high wall in left; Ureña’s third home run of the season would put Brooklyn ahead of Hudson Valley 2-1.

After a quiet top half of the fifth, the Cyclones were threatening once again. Jeff Diehl extended his hit streak to 11 games with a single to center field. Then the Cyclones exchanged runners at first base when Will Fulmer reached on a fielder’s choice. The next at-bat, Dimas Ponce took a fastball to the hand that would knock him out of the game, bringing in Amed Rosario.

A strikeout by Joe Tuschak would be the second out of the inning, but a third strike wild pitch would put Fulmer and Rosario at second and third. Tomas Nido came up clutch, slapping a single up the middle to score the two runners and put his team ahead by three runs.

In the top of the sixth, Hudson Valley cut the Brooklyn lead in half with some small ball. Following a double by the center fielder Bralin Jackson, Jace Conrad and Casey Gillaspie grounded out in consecutive at-bats but were able to advance Jackson each time.

The two out run would not be it for Hudson Valley that inning. On a 2-2 pitch from Acosta, Renegades designated hitter Hunter Lockwood pulled a ball over the left field wall that had plenty of distance, and was able to stay fair to make it a one run game once again.

The game began to look a bit shaky for Acosta in the top of the seventh when he gave up a leadoff single to Wilmer Dominguez on a hard hit ball that reached the left field wall. After a sacrifice bunt by Braxton Lee to advance Dominguez and the first out of the inning, Dominguez was able to advance to third on a wild pitch by Acosta, and would score that same at-bat after a single from Clayton Henning.

After the single to tie the game, Acosta was pulled from the game, bringing the lanky lefty, Brad Wieck. It looked as if the Cyclones were going to be able to get out of the inning without losing their lead after Alec Sole grounded into what should have been a double play ball. A throwing error on the relay for the second out of the play by Rosario sent Sole to second. Sole would steal third and a then a single off the bat of Bralin Jackson would plate Sole to give Hudson Valley a 5-4 lead.

It would not be long before the Cyclones would answer with a rally of their of own. The very next half inning, Jeff Diehl and Will Fulmer hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second with no outs. Because of the aforementioned injury to Ponce, the singles brought Amed Rosario to the plate.

Rosario would strike out, but the runners would advance after a dropped third strike that Dominguez could not find, barely having time to get Rosario running to first. Joe Tuschak would strike out swinging as well, bringing up Nido, who already drove in a few runs. Nido gave the ball a good ride to right field, but Braxton Lee was able to track it down while back peddling to get Gannon out of a jam.

Wieck would continue to pitch in the eight inning, but got himself in a bit of early trouble, giving up a leadoff double to Casey Gillaspie. A strikeout and fly out by the next two batters would take some weight off of Wieck’s shoulders but ultimately the runner would score on a single by Wilmer Dominguez to give the Renegades a 6-4 lead going into the final inning and a half.

Things started to fall apart in the top of the ninth when the Cyclones brought in righty Cameron Griffin in relief. Two infield singles and a walk would load the bases for Hudson Valley, putting Griffin between a rock and a hard place.

A single and then error the next at-bat with the bases loaded would plate another two runs. Griffin would strike out Lockwood to get the first out, but would not finish the inning, being replaced by Edioglis Villasmil with the bases still loaded. Villasmil would strike out the remaining two batters to get out of the inning.

The Cyclones were unable to get anything going in the bottom of the ninth and would go on to fall to the Renegades, 8-4.

Game Two (Brooklyn def. Hudson Valley 3-2)

Shortly after 9 PM, the Cyclones and Renegades faced off once again, this time righty Corey Oswalt took the mound for the Cyclones.

Brooklyn was able to overcome a Hudson Valley 2-0 lead late in the game to steal one from the Renegades and split the first doubleheader.

After a scoreless top of the first, the Cyclones were unable to jump on the board early, despite having runners on second and third with one out. Both Michael Katz and Tomas Nido had chances to drive in a run, but both would strike out swinging against the Hudson Valley starter, Hunter Wood.

An error by first baseman Jeff Diehl on a short hopped throw from Amed Rosario and walk would put runners on first and second for Oswalt to start the top of the third inning. Two groundouts would advance the runners; the second would score to give Hudson Valley a 1-0 lead. With a runner on third and two outs, Oswalt would strike out the last batter to get out of the inning, leaving Hudson Valley hit-less still.

The very next inning Oswalt would find himself in a very similar situation, two infield singles and one single to the outfield would load the bases with no outs in the inning. Oswalt would be able to work his way out of the inning without too much damage, only giving up one run to head into the bottom half of the fourth down 2-0.

During the bottom of the fifth, it was Brooklyn’s turn to put the pressure on. Luis Arrizurieta walked and would advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Tuschak. A single from Tucker Tharp and walk by Rosario would load the bases for Jhoan Ureña. Ureña who has arguably been the hottest hitter this season for the Cyclones came up short, striking out swinging. Michael Katz however, was able to drop one in shallow right field territory for a 3-RBI double to give Brooklyn their first lead of the game.

Oswalt continued to pitch through the sixth inning and was able to throw a 1-2-3 inning. Through the 6.0 innings he tossed on Monday night, Oswalt allowed two runs; only one was earned, on four hits, and retired seven batters by way of strikeout, one shy of his season high.

In the top of the seventh, Shane Bay entered to close out the game. Bay struck out the first batter, Alec Sole, but would give up a single to Chris Talley on a sharply hit ground ball up the middle. Bay would strike out Braxton Lee on a long at-bat for the second out and do the same against Coty Blanchard to end the game. Despite it taking 28 pitches, Bay picked up his fifth save of the season and is now five-for-five in save opportunities. Unfortunately Jeff Diehl who had a 0-for-3 game, had his hitting streak snapped at 11 games.

The Cyclones have two more games against the Renegades on Tuesday starting at 11:30 AM, making it their second doubleheader in a row. Tickets will be just $1 after 2PM for fans that wish to enjoy some great baseball. To purchase tickets visit the MCU Park box office, call 718-507-TIXX, or visit BrooklynCyclones.com.



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