It was a madhouse in Coney Island, as a sellout crowd of 7,851 filled MCU Park to see Jose Reyes play for the Brooklyn Cyclones once again, and to get their 1986 World Championship Ring Desk Displays.
While the ballpark was a little on the chaotic side, the game itself was not, and the Cyclones were able to win an important game against a McNamara Division rival, the Hudson Valley Renegades.
Erik Manoah once again took the hill for the Brooklyn Cyclones. He gave up a 1-out hit to Garrett Whitley in the Top of the 1st, but escaped the inning.
Jose Reyes led off the game for the Brooklyn Cyclones to chants of “Jose!” but struck out. Renegades starter Jose Alonzo retired Nick Sergakis & Blake Tiberi to end the inning. Reyes got his 1st defensive action in the Top of the 2nd, as he caught a towering pop up from Jose Rojas to end the inning.
Colby Woodmansee led off the Bottom of the 2nd for the Cyclones and went to 2nd, then 3rd on 2 straight groundouts. Dan Rizzie was hit by pitch, but they were left there as Enmanuel Zabala grounded out to end the inning.
Hudson Valley got a runner to 2nd in the Top of the 3rd, but Manoah once again got out of it.
Brooklyn finally scored a run in the Bottom of the 4th. Colby Woodmansee hit a 1-out double to left, and after a Gene Cone strike out, Jacob Zanon singled to center, scoring Woodmansee to make it 1-0 Brooklyn. Zanon would steal both 2nd & 3rd, but he was stranded there, as Rizzie grounded out.
Jose Reyes got some action in the Top of the 5th, as he once again caught a pop up, this time by Jim Haley. In the Bottom of the 5th, he grounded into a fielder’s choice that nailed Dionis Paulino at 2nd.
Joe Serrapica came in to pitch the Bottom of the 6th. Woodmansee hit a 1-out single to left and a Cone double moved him to 3rd. The catcher, Daniel De La Calle, managed to pick off Woodmansee at 3rd before Serrapica striking out Zanon to end the inning.
The Top of the 7th saw Brooklyn’s only 2 changes in the scorecard, as Dale Burdick came in for Reyes and Raul Jacobson took the mound. Reyes ended o-for-3 on the night. Jacobson gave up a 2-out hit to Nathaniel Lowe but got out of the 7th.
The Cyclones wasted another chance in the Bottom of the 7th. Rizzie led off with a single to center and took 2nd on a wild pitch. Zabala went down swinging, but a single by Paulino moved Rizzie to 3rd. Paulino tried to steal 2nd, but was caught by De La Calle.
Dale Burdick popped it up to De La Calle in foul territory to end the inning and drop his average to an abysmal .034.
Tim Ingram came in to pitch the Bottom of the 8th, where he gave up a hit to Woodmansee, who bolstered his already impressive average to an amazing .478.
Jacobson was still on the mound in the Top of the 9th and after striking out the 1st 2 batters he faced, Angel Perez doubled to center and took 3rd on the ensuing error by Zanon. Jacobson escaped the jam by getting Lowe to fly out to end the game, giving him a classic 3-inning save and Brooklyn a well-deserved 1-0 win.
The Cyclones look to take the rubber game of the series against the Gades tomorrow. The Cyclones be giving out Coney Island Skyline Socks to the 1st 2,000 fans through the gates. The gates will open at 5:15 PM for Season Ticket Holders and 5:30 PM for everyone else. Following the game, everyone can Runs the Bases.