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June 30th -- Wappingers Falls, NY -- One night after being shut out for the first time this season, Brooklyn made up for lost time on Thursday night, tying the franchise record for runs scored in their 16-5 victory over the Renegades. Javier Rodriguez led the offense, going 3-5 with three runs scored, two doubles, a grand slam and also tied a franchise record with six RBI.
The Cyclones came into Thursday's game having scored one run in their previous 19 innings, and after Hudson Valley jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, it looked like it would be more of the same. But then the Cyclones bats came to life, scoring 16 runs over the final six innings as Brooklyn ran away with the win.
Chris Hilliard (3-0) made the start for Brooklyn on Thursday night and after being sharp in his first two outings, allowing only one run in his first 10.1 innings, the lefthander was touched up early by Hudson Valley. In the bottom of the first inning the Renegades scored four runs on four hits including back-to-back home runs from Jeff Malm and Matt Rice. But the southpaw settled down after that, keeping the Renegades off the board, and giving Brooklyn a chance to come back.
And come back they did…in a big way! After going down in order in each of the first three innings the Brooklyn bats came to life in the fourth. Ishmael Tijerina and Brandon Brown started the threat with back-to-back hits to put runners on the corners to start the frame. Javier Rodriguez followed with a ground rule double score Tijerina and open the scoring before Richard Lucas added a sacrifice fly to cut the defect to 4-2. Brian Harrison and Travis Taijeron continued the rally with back-to-back RBI doubles to knot the game at 4-4 and then Juan Torres put the Cyclones in front for good with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-4 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Brooklyn added to their lead in the sixth inning when Travis Taijeron connected on his first home run as a professional, a two-run shot, to push the Cyclones advantage to 7-4. The power surge continued in the seventh when J-Rod connected on his second RBI double and then came around to score of Richard Lucas' first home run of the season to push the Brooklyn lead to 10-4.
The Renegades cut into the lead with a single run in the seventh to make it 10-5 after seven, but in the next frame Javier Rodriguez continued his record night with a grand slam to blow the game wide open and make it 14-5. In the ninth, Dylan Brown got into the act with Brooklyn's fourth home run of the game, which also tied a franchise mark, to round out the scoring and make the final score 16-5.
Tyson Seng tossed the final 3.0 innings of the game for the Cyclones, allowing one run on four hits, to collect his first professional save.
Brooklyn takes on the Hudson Valley Renegades in the rubber game of the three-game set on Friday night at Dutchess Stadium before opening a four-game series against the rival Staten Island Yankees. The Cyclones return to Coney Island on Sunday, July 3rd for a special 6:00 PM start as part of the Holiday Fireworks Extravaganza. Tickets are on sale now by calling 718-507-TIXX, at the MCU Park box office, or at Brooklyn Cyclones.com