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CYCLONES FALL 1-0 IN HEARTBREAKER TO RENEGADES

CYCLONES FALL 1-0 IN HEARTBREAKER TO RENEGADES

It was a pitchers duel under the lights at MCU Park on Monday night with the Brooklyn Cyclones and Hudson Valley Renegades facing off for the fourth time this season. Once again for the Cyclones, it took extra baseball to decide a winner, and unlike their 11-inning affair at Aberdeen on Saturday, the Cyclones were dealt a loss, falling to the Renegades 1-0.

Just under a week since his gem against Hudson Valley last week, righty Corey Oswalt took the mound for Brooklyn tonight. Against Hudson Valley last Tuesday, Oswalt threw 6.0 shutout innings, scattering three hits, and striking out eight batters.

Oswalt started off his second game against the Renegades in a very similar fashion. Only needing eight pitches to make it through the first inning, Oswalt was able to get two quick groundouts, and strike out the last batter to make it a 1-2-3 inning.

During the bottom half of the inning, Amed Rosario was able to reach base on a one out opposite field single. During the next at-bat Rosario was caught stealing on a delayed steal attempt, and the batter; Tyler Moore would strikeout to end the inning.

In the top of the fourth, Oswalt gave up a one out double to Renegades first baseman Casey Gillaspie. With Gillaspie in scoring position Oswalt did not let the pressure get to him as he forced a ground ball and struck out the final batter of the inning to work out of a possible jam.

In the top of the seventh, Oswalt would give another one out double, this time to right fielder Elias Torres. With the wind blowing down and into the ballpark, Torres’ hit did not have enough to make it out of the park, but it did hit off the top of the wall.

The next half inning, the Renegades went to the bullpen, bringing in left Darren Fischer. The new pitcher would surrender a hit to the hot bat of Michael Bernal with one out, but a Jhoan Ureña pop out and nicely timed pickoff attempt turned rundown would end the inning.

Brooklyn followed suit the next inning, bringing in Scarlyn Reyes after another great outing by Oswalt. After a five-pitch walk, Reyes would get through the rest of the inning unscathed as a great throw from Tomas Nido would get Coty Blanchard trying to steal. A ground out and strikeout would set down the remaining two batters.

In the bottom of the ninth, Brooklyn tried to start a two-out rally after a walk by Michael Katz, and even though Brooklyn’s hottest bat – Michael Bernal – was at the plate, a hard grounder to the shortstop Alec Sole would put an end to Brooklyn’s ninth inning rally attempt.

For the second night in a row, the Cyclones played extra inning baseball. In the top of the tenth, the Renegades were able to execute in a situation the Cyclones were not able to, just a half inning before. With two outs, the designated hitter Coty Blanchard hit a single, and would later steal second. Then center fielder Clayton Henning would hit a ball to left that would split the outfielders, dropping in for a double, scoring Blanchard and giving the Renegades a 1-0 lead.

Down to their last three outs and trailing by a run, the Cyclones bats could not get anything started during the bottom of the tenth, falling to the Renegades for the first time this season, making it their third loss of the season.

The Cyclones will be on the road on Tuesday at Hudson Valley but return to MCU Park on Wednesday night for their first home game against Aberdeen. It will be the first Cyclones Wednesday game of 2014. That means all tickets for the game cost just $10, and the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a limited edition All-Star Game stackable cup, the first of a six-cup set. To purchase tickets for Wednesday night or any other Brooklyn Cyclones game this season, call 718-507-TIXX, visit the box office at MCU Park or log on to BrooklynCyclones.com.

CYCLONES FALL 1-0 IN HEARTBREAKER TO RENEGADES

It was a pitchers duel under the lights at MCU Park on Monday night with the Brooklyn Cyclones and Hudson Valley Renegades facing off for the fourth time this season. Once again for the Cyclones, it took extra baseball to decide a winner, and unlike their 11-inning affair at Aberdeen on Saturday, the Cyclones were dealt a loss, falling to the Renegades 1-0.

Just under a week since his gem against Hudson Valley last week, righty Corey Oswalt took the mound for Brooklyn tonight. Against Hudson Valley last Tuesday, Oswalt threw 6.0 shutout innings, scattering three hits, and striking out eight batters.

Oswalt started off his second game against the Renegades in a very similar fashion. Only needing eight pitches to make it through the first inning, Oswalt was able to get two quick groundouts, and strike out the last batter to make it a 1-2-3 inning.

During the bottom half of the inning, Amed Rosario was able to reach base on a one out opposite field single. During the next at-bat Rosario was caught stealing on a delayed steal attempt, and the batter; Tyler Moore would strikeout to end the inning.

In the top of the fourth, Oswalt gave up a one out double to Renegades first baseman Casey Gillaspie. With Gillaspie in scoring position Oswalt did not let the pressure get to him as he forced a ground ball and struck out the final batter of the inning to work out of a possible jam.

In the top of the seventh, Oswalt would give another one out double, this time to right fielder Elias Torres. With the wind blowing down and into the ballpark, Torres’ hit did not have enough to make it out of the park, but it did hit off the top of the wall.

The next half inning, the Renegades went to the bullpen, bringing in left Darren Fischer. The new pitcher would surrender a hit to the hot bat of Michael Bernal with one out, but a Jhoan Ureña pop out and nicely timed pickoff attempt turned rundown would end the inning.

Brooklyn followed suit the next inning, bringing in Scarlyn Reyes after another great outing by Oswalt. After a five-pitch walk, Reyes would get through the rest of the inning unscathed as a great throw from Tomas Nido would get Coty Blanchard trying to steal. A ground out and strikeout would set down the remaining two batters.

In the bottom of the ninth, Brooklyn tried to start a two-out rally after a walk by Michael Katz, and even though Brooklyn’s hottest bat – Michael Bernal – was at the plate, a hard grounder to the shortstop Alec Sole would put an end to Brooklyn’s ninth inning rally attempt.

For the second night in a row, the Cyclones played extra inning baseball. In the top of the tenth, the Renegades were able to execute in a situation the Cyclones were not able to, just a half inning before. With two outs, the designated hitter Coty Blanchard hit a single, and would later steal second. Then center fielder Clayton Henning would hit a ball to left that would split the outfielders, dropping in for a double, scoring Blanchard and giving the Renegades a 1-0 lead.

Down to their last three outs and trailing by a run, the Cyclones bats could not get anything started during the bottom of the tenth, falling to the Renegades for the first time this season, making it their third loss of the season.

The Cyclones will be on the road on Tuesday at Hudson Valley but return to MCU Park on Wednesday night for their first home game against Aberdeen. It will be the first Cyclones Wednesday game of 2014. That means all tickets for the game cost just $10, and the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a limited edition All-Star Game stackable cup, the first of a six-cup set. To purchase tickets for Wednesday night or any other Brooklyn Cyclones game this season, call 718-507-TIXX, visit the box office at MCU Park or log on to BrooklynCyclones.com.



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