qmeme_1436496735811_956The Cyclones extended their winning streak to 5 today with a win over the Renegades 1-0, thanks to great pitching and some help from Mother Nature.

After a scoreless Top of the 1st, the Cyclones had a chance in the Bottom of the 1st. With 1-out, Vinny Siena hit a ball right back at Renegades starter Cameron Varga hat injured his arm and forced him out of the game.

In a tweet, Varga later informed Gershon Rabinowitz of Baseball Essential that it was just a bad bruise.

After Michael Velasquez warmed up, he got Michael Bernal & David Thompson to both fly out.

88e5bd8b9be6769df8037e1c42dbbe2b.200Blake Taylor, who started in place of Michael Gibbons, who was promoted to Binghamton before being assigned to Savannah, threw 3 shutout innings. He gave up a hit, a walk and struck out 3.

Brooklyn broke the tie in the Bottom of the 3rd. Enmanuel Zabala led off with a single to 3rd. Alfredo Reyes flew out. Tucker Tharp came to bat and a wild pitch by Velasquez sent Zabala to 2nd. That was costly as Tucker Tharp doubled to center scoring Tucker Tharp 2Zabala. Vinny Siena hit the ball right to Gades 1B Nic Wilson. However, a miscommunication between Wilson and Velasquez allowed Siena to reach 1st & Tharp to trot over to 3rd. Velasquez got out of the inning by getting Michael Bernal to hit into a 5-4-3 double play.

Andrew Church came in for the Cyclones and got through the 4th & 5th innings. Church ran into trouble in the Top of the 6th, when Jake Cronenworth led off with a triple. Church recovered and got Michael Russell to pop out, then strike out Joe McCarthy & Cade Gotta.

The Top of the 7th brought Carlos Valdez into the game, as well as the rain. Valdez gave up 1 hit, but got through the inning.

Following a rainy 7th Inning Stretch, Thompson led off the Bottom of the frame with a strikeout. Brandon Brosher came up to bat. Before Brandon Koch, who came in during the 5th inning, could throw a pitch, a flash of lighting led to umpires Anthony Perez and Vince Jackson to clear the field.

After 37 minutes of waiting, what was left of the crowd of 5,411 was informed by PA Announcer Mark Fratto that the game was called, giving the Cyclones their 5th straight win.


Church earned his 1st win as a Cyclone and Valdez was credited with the save. The Cyclones widened their lead half a game on the Staten Island Yankees, as the Yankees were rained out in their game vs Aberdeen

The Cyclones head to Hudson Valley tomorrow night as they look to sweep the Renegades. RHP Matt Blackham (2-0, 1.45) will face off against RHP Roel Ramirez (2-0, 1.15)


About Daniel S. Weiss

I have been an avid Cyclones fan since 2001. In December of 2013 I decided to launch my own blog "Brooklyn Baseball Banter" to cover the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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