June 24th – Wappingers Falls, NY – The Brooklyn Cyclones (5-3) lost the second game of a three-game series with the Hudson Valley Renegades (4-3) on Friday night. Starter Jeffrey Walters (0-1) tossed 5.0 innings of two-run ball, but the Cyclones offense produced just two hits. The lone Brooklyn run came on an RBI-triple by first baseman Luke Stewart. Hudson Valley starter Jason McEachern (2-0) no-hit the Cyclones in 6.2 innings of work.
Walters needed just seven Hudson Valley batters to record two scoreless innings, but ran into trouble in the third. Center fielder Brian Bryles notched the first run of the contest after leading off with a walk, stealing second, advancing to third on a sac-fly, and then scoring on right fielder Chris Winder’s infield single. Walters promptly retired the Renegades on an inning-ending double play.
Hudson Valley, however, increased their lead to two in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs and runners on second and third, a wild pitch plated their second run of the game. Walters avoided further trouble by inducing a fly-out to end the inning.
Walters retired the Renegades in order in the fifth, but did not return to pitch the sixth.
Trailing 2-0, the Cyclones recorded their first hit and first run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. McEachern was removed after a wild pitch allowed third baseman Richard Lucas to reach base after striking out swinging. First baseman Luke Stewart followed up with a triple to plate Lucas and break up Hudson Valley’s no-hit bid.
The Renegades responded by scoring three runs in the bottom of the frame. After starting off the inning with two consecutive singles, Hudson Valley loaded the bases on a bunt-single to third base. A one-out sac-fly by Winder plated their first run of the seventh. After a wild pitch gave the Renegades runners on the corners, back-to-back RBI-singles by shortstop Juniel Querecuto and designated hitter Gerardo Olivares gave them a 5-1 lead.
In the top of the ninth, Lucas collected the second Brooklyn hit of the game, but he was left stranded.
The three-game series will conclude at MCU Park tomorrow, Saturday, June 25 at 6 p.m. Franchise wins leader, LHP Chris Hilliard (1-0) will oppose LHP Jacob Partridge. Tomorrow’s game also marks the start of fireworks week at the ballpark. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the MCU Park box office, by calling 718-507-TIXX or at BrooklynCyclones.com.
–by Ryan Gilbert