Cyclones Celebrate Darryl Knight's Game Winning Hit on 6/27/16 (c) Pat Sanchez

Cyclones Celebrate Darryl Knight’s Game Winning Hit on 6/27/16 (c) Pat Sanchez

6,517 fans entered the gates of MCU Park on Monday night to see Jose Reyes play his final game in Brooklyn and to collect their free Coney Island Skyline Socks. Those who stayed after Reyes exited the game, and braved out the rain got to see the Brooklyn Cyclones 1st extra innings victory of the season, as the Cyclones managed to take 2 out of 3 from their McNamara Division rivals, the Hudson Valley Renegades.

Reyes immediately had some action in the Top of the 1st, as he caught a pop up from Jake Fraley, to give Cyclones starter Gabriel Llanes a 1-2-3 inning. In his 1st at bat in the Bottom of the 1st, Reyes lined out to left.

Both the Renegades and Cyclones got runners to 1st in each half of the 2nd Inning, but both teams would hit into inning-ending double plays.

qmeme_1467121896166_757In the Bottom of the 3rd for the Cyclones, Dionis Paulino hit a 2-out single to center. With Jose Reyes up, Renegades starter Spencer Moran tried to pick off Paulino, who slid in safely. However, Paulino was very slow to get up, and after being inspected by team trainer Gavin Grosh, he was pulled from the game and Darryl Knight ran in his place. Paulino later informed Brooklyn Baseball Banter that he dislocated his right shoulder. When play resumed, Reyes drew a walk, sending Knight to 2nd. Nick Sergakis grounded out to end the inning.

Jose Reyes (c) Pat Sancez

Jose Reyes (c) Pat Sancez

With 1-out in the Top of the 4th, Fraley popped the ball up, and due to the heavy clouds and lights that were already on, Jose Reyes was unable to properly catch the ball, which allowed Fraley to reach 2nd. Jim Haley singled to right, moving Fraley to 3rd. Nathaniel Lowe grounded out to short, which scored Fraley and moved Haley to 2nd. Angel Perez popped out to end the inning with Hudson Valley up 1-0.

In the Top of the 5th, Jonathan Popadics hit a 1-out single to left and would steal both 2nd & 3rd. Oscar Rojas grounded out to Reyes, allowing Popadics to score. Joseph Astacio hit the ball back to Llanes, who misplayed it and was charged with an error. Astacio stole 2nd, but was left there as Garrett Whitley popped out to end the inning.

Jacob Zanon led off the Bottom of the 5th with a single to right, and a triple by Dan Rizzie scored him to make it 2-1 HV. Hengelbert Rojas hit the ball to 3B Jim Haley who tagged out Rizzie, as Rojas went to 1st. Moran struck out Knight & Reyes to get out of the inning.

Gabriel Llanes (c) Pat Sanchez

Gabriel Llanes (c) Pat Sanchez

Llanes continued to struggle in the Top of the 6th. Fraley led off with a single to center, and Haley hit the ball to CF Zanon, who dropped the ball, sending Fraley to 2nd. Lowe was hit by pitch to load the bases. Perez singled to center to score Fraley and moved Haley & Lowe up a base. Danny De La Calle struck out swinging. Popadics grounded out to 1st, scoring Haley and moving Lowe to 3rd & Perez to 2nd. Oscar Rojas singled to left, scoring Lowe and moving Perez to 3rd. Astacio grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

The score would remain 5-1 until the Bottom of the 8th. Porter Clayton starting his 3rd inning of work for the Renegades,

Knight led off with a triple and a double by Jay Jabs, who came in for Reyes (who went 0-for-3) scored Knight. Renegades Manager Tim Parenton summoned in Elias Torres to pitch, and Torres immediately walked Sergakis before striking out Blake Tiberi. Colby Woodmansee flew out to left for Out #2. Torres threw a wild pitch which made it 2nd & 3rd, but Gene Cone hit the ball right back to the pitcher, who threw him out to end the inning.

Jay Jabs (c) Pat Sanchez

Jay Jabs (c) Pat Sanchez

After a shaky, but scoreless Top of the 9th from Joseph Zanghi, Zanon began the Bottom of the 9th with a walk and Rizzie singled him to 2nd. Rojas went down swinging and that would be all for Torres, as closer Noel Rodriguez was put in to the game. Knight singled to left, scoring Zanon and moving Rizzie to 2nd. A wild pitch made it 2nd & 3rd, and Jabs drew a walk to load the bases, Sergakis singled to center, scoring Rizzie and Knight to tie it up at 5-5. Rodriguez struck out Tiberi & got Woodmansee to fly out, sending the game into extra innings.

After a perfect Top of the 10th from Taylor Henry, Cone drew a walk to begin the Bottom of the 10th. Zanon bunted the ball back to the pitcher, sending Cone to 2nd. Rizzie was intentionally walked. With Rojas up, Rodriguez threw a wild pitch to make it 2nd & 3rd. Parenton came out of the dugout to discuss strategy.

Darryl Knight (c) Pat Sanchez

Darryl Knight (c) Pat Sanchez

With the count 1-2, with 1-out & a men at 2nd & 3rd, Rodriguez pitched to Rojas, and struck him out for the 1st out.

Rodriguez was instructed to pitch to Darryl Knight instead of intentionally walking him to load the bases, and that was a bad choice, as Knight launched a single to deep center, scoring Cone to give Brooklyn a 6-5 win in 10, and allowing them to take the rubber game of the series.


Reyes went 0-for-6 in his 2 games here, bringing his total to 1-for-9 in his 3 lifetime games as a member of the Brooklyn Cyclones. He is headed to the Binghamton Mets next.

The Cyclones head to Penn State University, as they take on the State College Spikes in a 3-game set. Brian Mastro will be at all 3 games keeping an eye on the weather for the Spikes. RHP Harol Gonzalez (0-1, 3.09) will start for Brooklyn, as RHP Carson Cross (1-0, 5.40) takes the mound for the spikes. 1st pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.


About Daniel S. Weiss

I have been an avid Cyclones fan since 2001. In December of 2013 I decided to launch my own blog "Brooklyn Baseball Banter" to cover the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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