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Run support absent as BKLYN drops third straight



Brooklyn, NY -- Jun 25, 2017 --Brooklyn Cyclones’ head coach Edgardo Alfonzo spoke with his team this morning about the importance of situational hitting. In Saturday night’s disappointing 10-4 loss, the Cyclones went 1-13 with RISP. Facing a well-rounded team like the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Cyclones would have to take advantage of every opportunity.


On Sunday, Alfonzo’s lesson didn’t take as Brooklyn (2-4) went 2-8 with RISP and lost again to Hudson Valley (4-2), 5-2. A valiant ninth inning effort proved too little too late for Brooklyn who lost its third straight.


For the first four innings, both starting pitchers — Jake Simon and Resly Linares — were dominant. Neither threw more than 20 pitches in an inning and only five runners reached base. Simon deployed his sinker and mixed pitches in a stellar outing compared to his opening day loss on June 20. The 2015 draftee drew eight groundouts and, for the most part, stifled the Renegade offense. On the other side, Linares kept hitters off-balance and struck out five in 4.1 innings of work.


“I think Simon did a pretty good job on the mound,” Alfonzo said. “The thing is we don’t get run support for him. You can throw a tremendous game, but if you don’t get run support, you go nowhere.


The duel appeared to continue, that is, until the fifth inning. The dreadful fifth. The fatigue-laden fifth frame forced Simon’s hand. The Galveston, Texas, native fell victim and found himself in more trouble.


The Renegades plated two on three hits and took a two-run lead it would never relinquish. The Cyclones have conceded 13 runs in the fifth through six games this season. In the losing streak, the Cyclones have given up seven runs in the infamous fifth.


“The problem is we need to get the guys in the bullpen ready,” Alfonzo said. “It’s hard to do it. Hopefully the new guys can help the bullpen.”


At the plate, the Cyclones could not get it going. Brooklyn had six baserunners and mustered three hits through the first eight innings. Two of those base knocks came from second baseman Leon Byrd, who went two for five with a RBI single. With a runner on third and two outs, Byrd muscled a ball into shallow center for the Cyclones first run. Right fielder Jose Miguel Medina brought in the second run with a ground out in the sixth inning. 


In the ninth inning, reliever Gregorix Estevez hit his wall and let in two more runs and the Renegade lead ballooned to three. The error bug hit the Cyclones again in the ninth, this time costing them a run.


The bottom of the ninth started with a bang as Walter Rasquin and Medina hit back to back doubles to cut the lead Renegade lead to two.  Next, Reed Gamache walked and what was left of the 7,642 fans cheered. However, a pop-up and a 6-4-3 double play ended the rally. Another clutch situation wasted.


Brooklyn will look to salvage the third game of this home-stand on Monday.


“I think we’re going to be all right,” Alfonzo said. “Play the game the way it’s supposed to. Those little things are huge. We are going to keep working.”

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