After coming back from a three run defecit to tie the game, the Brooklyn Cyclones fell on a 12th inning walk-off throwing error 6-5 to the Hudson Valley Renegades at Dutchess Stadium on July 10.
Talented righty Matt Blackham started, and just didn’t seem to have his usual sterling stuff early, with a walk to HV SS Mike Russle and a double by newly arrived 3B prospect Matt Dacey leading to a 1st inning run. Dacey was later doubled off second when he just kept running on a shallow fly to CF Tucker Tharp, who had an easy throw to 2B Vinny Siena.
‘Gades starter Roel Ramirez gave up the lead with an unearned run scored by 3B David Thompson in the 2nd, after he reached on a lead-off two-base error through Dacey’s wickets, and was later plated by a sacrifice fly to left by LF Oswald Caraballo.
The Boys from Brooklyn took their only lead of the game in the 3rd inning when C Jose Garcia led off with a double and eventually broke the tie on a wild pitch.
HV tied the game up in the bottom of the frame when that man Dacey struck once again, sending Russle scampering home on a double after the shortstop reached on a two out hit batsman, then stole second.
Blackham’s day ended in the 5th when he gave up three runs on two hits and two walks. The damage could have been worse, but lefty reliever reliever Ruben Reyes was bailed out when HV DH Cade Gotta’s RBI single to left resulted in Caraballo gunning down RF Manuel Sanchez at the plate before he could score a sixth run
The ‘Gades turned to reliever Justin McCalvin in the 7th, and the side-winding righty blew the save. He gave up a long lead-off homer to DH Zach Mathieu, well over the wall into the left field forrest. Caraballo and 1B Pedro Perez then singled. After Garcia and SS Branden Kaupe fanned, Tharp’s broken bat infield dribbler single was air-mailed by Dacey over 1B Nic Wilson, sending Caraballo and and Perez home, knotting the score at 5.
There was no further score until the 12th, but there were plenty of fireworks on the field before the post-game extravaganza.
In the 7th Cyclones reliever Christian Montgomery bailed Reyes out of a one out bases loaded jam, fanning Gotta & Wilson. His 1.2 innings of hitless relief kept the game tied.
In the 9th Tharp made a failed do-or-die dive that turned a double into a one out triple. But Corey Taylor, who loaded the bases with two intentional walks, got out of the jam with an inning ending ground ball double play on a 2-0 pitch to Kaupe, who stepped on 2nd and threw Wilson out at 1st.
In the 11th HV 2B Jeff Cronenworth led off with a grounder to Siena, who bobbled the the ball then threw wild to 1st. Perez then alertly tagged Cronenworth out after he made an almost imperceptible turn to 2nd. ‘Gades skipper Tim Parenton sprinted from the 3rd base coach’s box to dispute the call with the base umpire. Parenton was then ejected after a spirited dispute.
In the Brooklyn 12th Tharp reached base on a one out single and flew to 3rd on Siena’s single. Then Siena took off for 2nd as RF Michael Bernal struck out and had too good a jump for HV C Danny De La Calle to have any any chance to throw him out. De La Calle pump faked to 2nd, faking out Tharp. Tharp broke for the plate, then realizing he was in no man’s land, was caught stealing as he tried to get back to 3rd to end the frame. Because there was an out on the play Siena was denied a stolen base by rule.
Cyclones righty Nicco Blank relieved to start the 12th and was greeted with a lead-off single by Gotta, who stole 2nd off of newly inserted C Manuel Hilario (who replaced the injured Garcia). HV pinch hitter Joe McCarthy then laid down a sacrifice bunt while the Cyclones ran the wheel play. Thompson threw a Hail Mary over SS Alfredo Reyes (who entered in the 9th) covering 3rd. Caraballo came up throwing but had no chance to get Gotta and the Renegades walked-off with the win – a virtual carbon copy of the Cyclones Monday night walk-off v. the Williamsport Crosscutters. Renegades southpaw reliever Cris Crisostomo picked up the win.
- Garcia returned to the dugout with his gloved hand heavily wrapped.
- Thursday’s Renegades starter Cameron Varga, who left the game after two batters after being struck by Siena’s liner to the box, apparently escaped serous injury, suffering a bruised arm.