The Brooklyn Cyclones continued to struggle, as they lost an extra inning game thanks to the controversial “Buster Posey Rule.” The Cyclones had chances, but the Hudson Valley Renegades beat them 4-3 in 10.
Hudson Valley would be the 1st to score. With Chris Flexen on the hill for Brooklyn, Matt Dacey led off the Bottom of the 2nd with a walk. Manny Sanchez went down swinging, but Angel Moreno hit an RBI double to LF Ozzie Caraballo, who fell over his feet in an embarrassment of a play. Nic Wilson hit a ground rule double to left, scoring Moreno. Flexen got out of the jam by getting Danny De La Calle & Jake Cronenworth to strike out swinging.
The Cyclones would get one back in the Top of the 4th off Renegades starter Michael Velasquez. Vinny Siena led off the inning with a double. Michael Bernal grounded out, moving Siena to 3rd. With David Thompson up, the throw back from Renegades C Daniel De La Calle was dropped by Velasquez, allowing Siena to score. Velasquez got out of the inning by getting David Thompson to fly out and Jeff Diehl to strike out.
Flexen struck out all 3 batters he faced in the Bottom of the 4th.
Hudson Valley would add another in the Bottom of the 5th. Jake Cronenworth hit a 1-out single to left. Michael Russell was hit by pitch, moving Cronenworth to 2nd. Joe McCarthy singled to right, loading the bases. Tom Gamboa came to the mound and pulled Flexen for Craig Missigman. Cade Gotta hit a sac fly to CF Tucker Tharp scoring Cronenworth. Dacey looked at strike 3 to end the inning.
The Cyclones brought the game to within a run in the Top of the 6th. With Tim Ingram in for Michael Velasquez, Branden Kaupe led off with a single. Tharp flew out, but Siena singled to left, moving Kaupe to 2nd. Bernal hit the ball at 3B Matt Dacey. Dacey was trying to pull off a 5-3 double play, but misplayed it, allowing Kaupe to score and sending Siena to 2nd. Thompson grounded out to make it 2nd & 3rd. Diehl grounded out to end the inning with the Cyclones down 3-2.
Brandon Koch came in to pitch the Top of the 8th. Kaupe led off with a walk and Tharp singled him to 3rd. Siena reached on an infield single, scoring Kaupe & moving Tharp to 2nd. Bernal & Thompson both went down swinging, and Diehl was hit by a pitch to load the bases. The Cyclones failed to capitalize, as Brandon Brosher went down swinging.
Corey Taylor came in and pitched a perfect Bottom of the 8th for Brooklyn.
The Top of the 9th saw Will Fulmer pinch hit for Caraballo, but nobody reached base.
The Bottom of the 9th brought Zach Mathieu into the game to play 1B, as Pedro Perez moved to LF. Johnny Magliozzi came in to pitch and threw a perfect 9th.
Justin McCalvin came in and pitched a perfect Top of the 10th.
Carlos Valdez was summoned in to pitch the Bottom of the 10th. Valdez from the start lacked any control, as the 1st pitch he threw hit Cronenworth. Russell lay down a bunt that moved Cronenworth to 2nd. Joe McCarthy drew a walk, most likely because Valdez was told to pitch around him. A wild pitch with Cade Gotta up made it 2nd & 3rd, so Valdez intentionally walked Gotta.
Matt Dacey hit a ball to shallow right, which Bernal caught with no problem and fired home. The tag beat Cronenworth, but HP Umpire Greg Roemer signaled that Brosher had obstructed the plate, giving Hudson Valley a 4-3 win in 10, causing Tom Gamboa, Yunir Garcia and Edgardo Alfonzo to run out and argue the call, but to no avail.
The Cyclones fall to 19-17 and are in a 4-way tie for 1st in the McNamara Division. They return home tonight to play the Renegades. The 1st 2,500 fans into MCU Park will receive a Juan Lagares Bobbleglove. LHP Kevin Canelon (2-2, 4.33) will face off against RHP Roel Ramirez (3-0, 1.87)