It was a scorcher in Hudson Valley today, as everything was hot in the ballpark. The seats, the railings, the bleachers, and, thankfully, the Brooklyn Cyclones bats.
In the Top of the 1st, the Cyclones bats managed to match the hit total from the previous game. With 2-outs and Adrian Navas on the mound for Hudson Valley, Ali Sanchez hit a single to left and a double by Pete Alonso moved Sanchez to 3rd. However, Blake Tiberi grounded out, leaving 2 men in scoring position.
Erik Manoah took the hill for the Cyclones and ran into trouble in the Bottom of the 1st. Garrett Whitley hit a 1-out triple to deep center. However, Manoah got Jake Fraley & Jim Haley both to ground out.
Hudson Valley threatened in the Bottom of the 4th, but failed to score again. Fraley hit a 1-out single that deflected off the glove of 1B Pete Alonso. With Haley up, Fraley stole 2nd, but the home plate umpire, Lorenz Evans, ruled that Haley infeterfered with the throw and was ruled out on batter interference. Nathaniel Lowe came up and as Manoah got ready to throw the 1st pitch, he fired to 1st to get Fraley, but field umpire, Jhonatan Biarreta, signaled that Manoah balked and Fraley finally moved to 2nd. Nate Lowe singled to right, and a perfect throw from Gene Cone, who hadn’t played since the 12th, to Dan Rizzie nailed Fraley at the plate.
The Renegades finally got on the scoreboard in the Bottom of the 5th.
Angel Perez reach on an infield hit. With Miles Mastrobuoni up, Perez stole 2nd. The next pitch was fouled off my Mastrobuoni and I was lucky enough to catch it, as I was hydrating myself. Mastrobuoni grounded out, moving Perez to 3rd. Danny De La Calle hit the ball to 3B Blake Tiberi, who threw to 1st as opposed to home, scoring Perez to make it 1-0. Joseph Astacio lay down a sac bunt, moving De La Calle to 2nd. Dan Rizzie would pick De La Calle off at 3rd to end the inning.
To the Top of the 6th and with Navas in line for the win, Porter Clayton came in to pitch. After getting two outs, Clayton walked Alonso. Blake Tiberi hit the ball down the LF line, deep enough to score Alonso. However, the ball went through the gate, causing the umps to rule in a ground rule double, sending Alonso back to 3rd. Colby Woodmansee came through with a big hit, as a single to left scored Alonso & Tiberi. Woodmansee took 3rd on a throwing error by C Danny De La Calle. Jacob Zanon hit an infield hit to score Woodmansee. Jay jabs doubled to deep center, scoring Zanon. Rizzie popped up the ball in foul ground, but Danny De La Calle dropped, prolonging the at bat. However, Rizzie grounded out to end the inning, but the Cyclones now had a 4-1 lead.
With Manoah suddenly going from the pitcher in line for a loss to being in line for the win, Raul Jacobson came in to pitch the Bottom of the 6th and retired the side.
The Cyclones offense continued to surge in the Top of the 7th, as Sanchez drew a 2-out walk and Alonso hit his 2nd homer of the season off Garrett Fulenchek to make it 6-1. Tiberi drew a walk and Woodmansee single to right to make it 1st & 3rd. The inning ended as Zanon grounded out, but the game was no longer a save situation.
Jacobson gave up a 1-out double to Lowe in the Bottom of the 7th, but struck out the next two to get out of the jam. However, he struggled in the Bottom of the 8th. De La Calle led off with a single to center. Joseph Astacio grounded into a force out, nailing Danny De La Calle at 2nd. Ryan Boldt singled to left, moving Astacio to 2nd. Whitley singled to left, scoring Astacio and moving Boldt to 2nd. Fraley grounded into a force out, moving Boldt to 3rd and getting Whitley out at 2nd. After a visit to the mound from Pitching Coach Billy Bryk Jr., Fraley stole 2nd to avoid a double play, but it meant little as Haley drew a walk.
That would be all for Jacobson, as Manager Tom Gamboa summoned in Taylor Henry to work out of the jam. Henry struck out Lowe to end the inning.
The game went to the Bottom of the 9th, with Hudson Valley trying to keep their winning streak alive. Perez led off with a single and Mastrobuoni drew a walk. With De La Calle up, a wild pitch made it 2nd & 3rd. The Cyclones traded an out for a run, as De La Calle hit a sac fly to center, scoring Perez to make it 6-3. Astacio flew out to right, moving Mastrobuoni to 3rd. Boldt flew out to center, giving the Cyclones their 1st win since sweeping Aberdeen.
The Cyclones look to take the rubber game tomorrow before an off day and the beginning of a 6-game home-stand. RHP Gabriel Llanes (1-3, 3.44) gets the start against RHP Eduardo Lopez (3-1, 2.00). First pitch at Dutchess Stadium is at 7:05 PM.
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