There was some loud cheers before the game even started, as Joe Lhota, who ran against NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in the 2013 election got quite an ovation from the crowd.
Roel Ramirez took the hill for the Hudson Valley Renegades and ran into trouble early on. Tucker Tharp & Vinny Siena led off the inning with back-to-back singles to right making it 1st & 2nd. Michael Bernal hit his 3rd triple of the year, scoring Tharp & Siena and giving the Cyclones an early 2-0 lead. David Thompson grounded out, but Bernal was able to score, making it a 3-run game. Ramirez got out of the inning by striking out Brandon Brosher, walking Jeff Diehl and striking out Jose Garcia.
With Kevin Canelon starting for Brooklyn, Hudson Valley got a 1-out double in the Top of the 2nd, but didn’t score.
Jake Cronenworth got a 2-out single in the Top of the 3rd. Michael Russell hit a ground-rule double to make it 2nd & 3rd, but Joe McCarthy grounded out to end the inning.
Tucker Tharp led off the Bottom of the 5th with his 1st professional homer, making it a 4-0 game.
Hudson Valley used some small ball in the Top of the 6th to get their 1st run of the night. Cronenworth led off with a walk. Russell lined out to Tharp, but McCarthy singled to right making it 1st & 3rd. Cade Gotta hit a sac fly to RF Michael Bernal that scored Cronenworth. With Matt Dacey up, Joe McCarthy was caught trying to steal 2nd by C Jose Garcia.
The Bottom of the 6th saw Tomas Michelson come in for Roel Ramirez.
The Top of the 7th saw Luis Mateo make his 2015 MCU Park debut, as he threw a shutout inning. Canelon would finish the night with 6 innings pitched, 4 hits, 1 earned run, a walk and 7 strikeouts.
Despite having earned the loss the night before, Carlos Valdez was called into and pitched a perfect Top of the 8th
The Cyclones would remove the need for a save in the Bottom of the 8th as Brosher drew a 1-out walk and Jeff Diehl blasted one so far over the LF wall of MCU Park, the outfielders didn’t even move. Michelson got out of the inning, but the Renegades were 5 runs down.
The Top of the 9th saw Ruben Reyes into pitch. Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa also sent out Zach Mathieu to play 1st & Ozzie Caraballo to play left for defensive purposes. Reyes got McCarthy to fly out for Out #1. However, Reyes would load the bases as he issued walks to Cade Gotta, Matt Dacey & Manny Sanchez.
With the game now a save situation, Gamboa called on closer Alex Palsha to close it out. Hector Montes grounded out, scoring Gotta, moving Dacey to 3rd & Sanchez to 2nd. Angel Moreno singled to center, scoring Dacey and moving Sanchez to 3rd. Palsha got Danny De La Calle to strike out swinging to end the game, giving Brooklyn a 6-3 victory.
With the Yankees losing to Batavia 3-2 & Aberdeen losing to Auburn 8-5, the Cyclones lead the McNamara Division by 1 game. The Cyclones will head to Hudson Valley today to finish up the series. It is Happy Birthday Night to Arnold Schwarzenegger at Dutchess Stadium. If anyone would like to join me CLICK HERE