It was a beautiful night at Dutchess Stadium, as the red hot Brooklyn Cyclones took on their McNamara Division rivals to start a 3 game series. There was a crowd of 4,620 on hand, looking forward to a great game of baseball.
Once again, the Cyclones got on the board in the Top of the 1st off Renegades starter Greg Maisto. The Cyclones had a good chunk of the crowd behind them immediately, as the boys from a Jewish camp began chanting “Brooklyn!” as Tucker Tharp led off the game with a walk. Vinny Siena flew out for out #1. With Michael Bernal up, Maisto balked, sending Tharp to 2nd. Bernal went down swinging, but David Thompson singled in Tarp and went to 2nd on an error by Renegades C Taylor Hawkins. Maisto got out of the inning by getting Enmanuel Zabala to go down looking.
The Cyclones struck again in the top of the 4th. Bernal and Thompson started the inning with back-to-back singles. Zabala grounded into a force out that send Bernal to 3rd, got Thompson out at 2nd and put Zabala on 1st. Hawkins try to pick Zabala off 1st, which resulted in the throw going into right field, which sent Bernal home and Zabala to 2nd. Jeff Diehl walked and Zach Mathieu singled to right, scoring Zabala and sent Diehl to 3rd on the throw. Manuel Hilario grounded into a 6-4 force out, scoring Diehl, getting Mathieu out at 2nd and sending Hilario to 1st. Alfredo Reyes grounded out to end the inning, but the Cyclones were up 4-0.
Hudson Valley finally got on the board in the Bottom of the 4th off Cyclones starter Gaby Almonte. Hector Montes hit a 1-out double to left. Joe McCarthy flew out. Michael Russell singled to make it 1st & 3rd. With Manny Sanchez up, Russell stole 2nd and a bad throw by Hilario sent Montes home. Almonte struck out Sanchez to end the inning.
The Top of the 5th brought, Benton Moss in to pitch. After getting 2 outs, replaces Greg Maisto. Bernal & Thompson singled to make it 1st & 2nd. Zabala singled to left scoring Bernal, but the inning ended when Zabala tried making it a double.
The Bottom of the 6th saw a defensive change for the Cyclones, as Oswald Caraballo was called in to replace Diehl. Cade Gotta singled to center, then stole 2nd. Jake Cronenworth singled to center scoring Gotta. Cronenworth went to 2nd on a balk. Hector Montes grounded out, without advancing Gotta. Tom Gamboa decided to pull Almonte for Craig Missigman. Joe McCarthy hit the ball to Zach Mathieu but a misplay scored Cronenworth and sent McCarthy to 2nd. Missigman struck out Russell & got Sanchez to ground out to end the inning with the Cyclones up 5-3.
Almonte would end the night throwing 5.1 innings, giving up 6 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned and 2 strikeouts. The Cyclones bullpen was lights out the rest of the way. Missigman threw 1.2, giving up a hit and earning his 1st Hold of the season. PJ Conlon threw a shutout inning to earn his 3rd Hold of the season and Alex Palsha was lights out in the 9th to give the Brooklyn Cyclones their 4th straight win.
The Cyclones now stand at 13-5 and maintain their 2.5 game lead over the Staten Island Yankees.
The Cyclones return home to Brooklyn tonight to take on the Renegades. LHP Blake Taylor is expected to make his Cyclones debut. RHP Andrew Church will piggy back with him. RHP Cameron Varga (1-1, 2.30) will take the hill for Hudson Valley. It’s Jersday Thursday, so the 1st 3,000 fans will receive a free black & red jersey, courtesy of Verizon.
I would like to give a big thank you to the Renegades Media Relations Staff for allowing me to use the press area last night. Also, a big shout-out to all the Cyclones fans who made the trip.