The Cyclones lost their 1st matchup of the season to the Rnegades, as another late game rally scored some runs, but fell short due to some poor choice in swings and some bad plays by the Cyclones early in the game.
The Renegades wasted no time in tacking runs on the scoreboard off Cyclones starter Joel Huertas. Angel Perez led off the game with a single to center and went to 2nd on a passed ball by C Brandon Brosher. Ryan Boldt grounded out, moving Perez to 3rd. Garrett Whitley reached on a single that scored Perez, however it should have been ruled an error as SS Dale Burdick misplayed it.
Jim Haley singled to right, moving Whitley to 2nd. Nathaniel Lowe singled to center, scoring Whitley and moving Haley to 3rd with Lowe going to 2nd on the throw. Jose Rojas grounded out to 2nd, scoring Haley & moving Lowe to 3rd. Miles Mastrobuoni & Oscar Rojas drew walks to load the bases. With the 9 hitter Joseph Astacio up, Huertas got out of the inning by striking him out.
Huertas allowed runs to reach 1st & 3rd in the Top of the 2nd, but got out of the jam.
The Cyclones fought back in the Bottom of the 2nd off Renegades starter Brock Burke. Blake Tiberi, who was making his debut, led off with a walk. Brosher singled to move Tiberi to 2nd. A wild made it 2nd & 3rd. Darryl Knight grounded out, scoring Tiberi and moving Brosher to 3rd. Hengelbert Rojas hit a sac fly to right that scored Brosher to make it 3-2. Arnaldo Berrios went down swinging, but the catcher, Jose Rojas, dropped the catch, allowing Berrios to reach 1st. He would be left there, as Dale Burdick continued to be an offensive liability but flying out to right.
The Cyclones got runners to 1st & 2nd in the Bottom of the 3rd with 2 outs, but a Brosher ground out left them stranded.
Huertas ran into more trouble in the Top of the 4th. Astacio led off with an infield single. Perez was hit by pitch, moving Astacio to 2nd. Ryan Boldt singled to load the bases. After striking out Whitley & Haley, Huertas hit Lowe with a pitch to allow Astacio to score. Jose Rojas singled to left, scoring Perez & Bolt while moving Lowe to 2nd. Down 6-2, Huertas struck out Mastrobuoni to end the inning.
Huertas was pulled in the Top of the 5th for Nabil Crismatt, who was lights out for the Cyclones in 3 innings of work.
The Cyclones got runners to 1st & 3rd in the Bottom of the 5th off reliever J. D. Busfield Jr., but Brosher ended another rally, by grounding into a force out.
Gary Cornish made his Cyclones debut in the Top of the 8th. He gave up a 1-out single to Bill Pujols, who came in an inning earlier for Astacio. Pujols stole 2nd and Angel Perez went down looking. Boldt singled to SS Dale Burdick, who fired home to nail Pujols at the plate.
Austin McGeorge made his debut in the Top of the 9th and struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced.
The Cyclones one again threatened in the Bottom of the 9th off reliever Brandon Lawson, but the rally fell short. Hengelbert Rojas & Arnaldo Berrios led off the inning with back-to-back hits. Instead of pinch-hitting, Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa let Burdick hit and he went down whiffing at air. Enmanuel Zabala singled to right, loading the bases. Nick Sergakis violated the rules of baseball by swinging at the 1st pitch, grounding into a force out that scored Rojas, moved Berrios to 3rd, nailed Zabala & allowed Sergakis to reach 1st. Colby Woodmansee singled to right scoring Berrios, moving Sergakis to 3rd and sending himself to 2nd on the throw. Noel Rodriguez was summoned in to pitch and got Tiberi to ground out to end it.
The Cyclones and Renegades are back in action today, as RHP Erik Manoah (0-0, 5.40) will take the mound against RHP Jose Alonzo (0-0, 0.00)/ 1st pitch is called for 4:00 PM.
- Jose Reyes will play for the Cyclones today, as the Mets signed him yesterday.
- The Cyclones will be giving out 1986 World Champion Ring Desk Displays, so be in line early for when the gates open at 2:15 PM for Season Ticket Holders and 2:30 PM for everyone else.
- If you are looking for something interesting to do before the game, head over to the Brighton Beach Station & check out some old subway cars.
- It’s a weekend game, so double check to see what service changes the MTA has in store.