qmeme_1468200940398_521With 5,535 fans in attendance for a Sunday afternoon game, many of who would stay for the Season Ticket Holder Batting Practice & Barbecue, the Brooklyn Cyclones were looking to avoid being swept by their McNamara Division Rivals, the Hudson Valley Renegades to end the homestand.

After a scoreless Top of the 1st, the Cyclones got their first run of the day off Renegades starter Spencer Moran, thanks to a 2-out homer by Colby Woodmansee, his 2nd of the season.

Colby Woodmansee (c) Pat Sanchez

Colby Woodmansee (c) Pat Sanchez

The 1-0 lead was short lived. With Merandy Gonzalez getting the start for Brooklyn, Nate Lowe led off the Top of the 2nd with a double to right. Jose Rojas doubled to left, scoring Lowe to tie it up. Miles Mastrobuoni singled to center, moving Rojas to 3rd. After striking out Jonathan Popadics, Gonzalez gave up a hit to Landon Cray to score Rojas and move Mastrobuoni to 3rd. Bill Pujols hit a sac fly to right to score Mastrobuoni. Gonzalez got out of the inning when catcher Dan Rizzie threw out Cray trying to steal 2nd, but the Cyclones trailed 3-1.

Nick Sergakis (c) Pat Sanchez

Nick Sergakis (c) Pat Sanchez

The Cyclones trimmed down the deficit in the Bottom of the 3rd. Dan Rizzie began the inning by taking one for the team, as he was hit by pitch. Gene Cone drew a walk to advance Rizzie to 2nd. With Nick Sergakis up, home plate umpire Raul Moreno called a balk on Moran, moving Rizzie to 3rd & Cone to 2nd. Sergakis was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Woodmansee hit a sac fly to center, deep enough to send Rizzie home and collect another RBI. Pete Alonso popped it up and was called out on the infield fly rule. Blake Tiberi flew out to center to end the inning with Brooklyn down 3-2.

Merandy Gonzalez (c) Pat Sanchez

Merandy Gonzalez (c) Pat Sanchez

Deivy Mendez came in to pitch the Bottom of the 5th for the Renegades. Cone drew a walk, went to 2nd on a Sergakis groundout and 3rd on a Woodmansee fly out. Alonso singled to left to score Cone for his 1st RBI as a Cyclones and to tie the game at 3-3. Tiberi looked at strike 3 to end the inning.

Justin Dunn came in to pitch the Top of the 7th. After getting the first two outs, Cray drew a walk and swiped 2nd. Dunn got Pujols to grounds out to end the inning.

Dan Rizzie (c) Pat Sanchez

Dan Rizzie (c) Pat Sanchez

Rizzie was hit by pitch for the 2nd time to begin the Bottom of the 7th. Cone struck out swinging and Rizzie was caught stealing 2nd on a double play. Sergakis blasted a deep shot to left center field for his 1st homer of the season and to give the Cyclones a 4-3 lead. After walking Woodmansee, Mendez was pulled by Renegades manager Tim Parenton for Spencer Jones Alonso grounded out to end the inning.

Ryan Boldt was hit by pitch to begin the Top of the 8th and stole 2nd. After a walk to Jake Fraley, Jim Haley bunted the ball, which Rizzie caught in the air, fired to Woodmansee at 2B who threw to Sergakis at 1B for the first Triple Play the Cyclones have ever turned (2-6-4 scoring).

After going hitless in the Bottom of the 8th, Taylor Henry came in for the Top of the 9th.

Lowe drew a walk and a single to Rojas moved him to 2nd. Mastrobuoni lined out to right for the first out. Jonathan Popadics popped the ball up, and for some reason, neither HP Umpire Moreno, nor Field Umpire John Budka signaled infield fly. However, Sergakis caught it for the 2nd out of the inning. Henry got Cray to look at strike 3 to end the game, giving Brooklyn a 4-3 win and avoiding a sweep.

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The Cyclones depart for Maryland for a 3-game series with the Aberdeen Ironbirds, as Brooklyn looks to move back in to the McNamara Division Race.


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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