Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones)__________________________________
HUDSON VALLEY 8, BROOKLYN 1 (Box)
Game Two of the series was postponed from Saturday to yesterday because of the storm that passed its way through the area yesterday. On Sunday, the game was played, and featured a different kind of storm as the Renegades punished the Cyclones 8-1. With the win, the series is tied, with the deciding rubber game of the three-game series will be taking place tonight, at 6:05 PM, up in Wappingers Falls. Taylor Guerrieri will presumably start for the Renegades, while Luis Cessa will be starting for the Cyclones.
Luis Mateo’s night started out on the wrong foot as he allowed a triple to his second batter of the game, Renegades 2B Thomas Coyle. The next batter grounded out, but Coyle came home on a line drive to center by Luke Maile, and just like that, Brooklyn was down 1-0. The Renegades scored again in the bottom of the 4th to make it 2-0, and might have scored at least another if Jayce Boyd hadn’t dug out a low throw by Phil Evans to end the inning. In the top of the 5th, Eudy Pina clubbed a home run, putting Brooklyn on the scoreboard and cutting down Hudson Valley’s lead in half. In the bottom of the inning, the Renegades added another run, increasing their lead back to two runs- Phil Evans airmailed what would have been a double play ball that Boyd could not catch this time. This would be Mateo’s last inning. All in all, Mateo wasn’t at his best- his control wasn’t fully there, and his velocity wasn’t as strong as it had been earlier in the year. Fatigue, let’s presume.
In the bottom of the 7th, Logan Taylor came in to replace an extremely effective Paul Sewald. Suffice to say, he was not as effective as Sewald. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases with only one out. After retiring Ryan Dunn (1B) for the second out, he and the next batter, Leonardo Reginatto (who isn’t actually Italian; He’s Brazilian) engaged in a mental and physical duel, Taylor on the mound and Reginatto in the batter’s box. Unfortunately, The Renegades’ shortstop won the duel and laced a double to left that drove two men in and really broke the game open: 6-1, Hudson Valley.
Brooklyn mustered no offense in the top of the 8th, continuing the in-game trend, and the Renegades went back to work in their half of the inning. With Matt Koch on the mound, Marty Gantt (LF) reached on a line drive, got moved over on a groundout, and stole third. Thomas Coyle hit a sac fly to left that made it 7-1, Hudson Valley. The throw from the outfield was just a little late, and if Stefan Sabol had a slightly stronger arm, Coyle would have been dead. Knowing that, by hook, they were unable to stop the RBI from being put on the scoreboard (next to OBP), they resorted to attempting to remove it by crook. Manager Rich Donnelly claimed that that Gantt left third base before Sabol caught the ball, and appealed the play. The umpires did not agree, and the run stood. Just to add insult to injury, the very next batter, Richie Shaffer (3B), hit a single that scored another run and made it a 8-1 ballgame. In the bottom of the 9th, Phil Evans and Jayce Boyd grounded out and flied out, respectively, while Kevin Plawecki worked out a walk. Despite a 8-1 lead with two outs in the 9th, manager Jared Sandberg didn’t want that walk to spark Brooklyn’s improbable two out 7 or 8 run rally to tie or win the game, so he called for a pitching change. Alex Moshier got his one batter to ground out, and that was that.
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-4
- 3B Dimas Ponce: 2-4
- SS Phil Evans: 1-4, 1 K, E (1)
- 1B Jayce Boyd: 0-4, 1 K
- C Kevin Plawecki: 0-3, 1 BB
- LF Stefan Sabol: 0-4, 2 K
- RF Eudy Pina: 2-3, HR (1), 1 R, RBI
- 2B Juan Carlos Gamboa: 0-3, 1 K
- DH Jorge Rivero: 0-3
- RHP Luis Mateo: 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K
- RHP Paul Sewald: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
- RHP Logan Taylor: 0.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 K
- RHP Beck Wheeler: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
- RHP Matthew Koch: 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K
Tomorrow is gut check time. Let's hope the Cyclones don't play like a bunch of peppered anguses.
Let's go, Cyclones!