Brooklyn, NY – August 24, 2017 – The Hudson Valley Renegades completed the series sweep, and season sweep, of the Brooklyn Cyclones with a 5-2 win on Thursday night at MCU Park. The loss was Brooklyn's 13th straight, the longest losing streak in the New York-Penn League since at least 2005 (when available statistics begin), while the Hudson Valley Renegades won their 13th straight game to inch closer to Staten Island in the race for the McNamara Division crown.
St. John’s product and non-drafted free agent Ryan McAuliffe made the start for Brooklyn and was able to wiggle his way out of trouble over his 3.2 scoreless frames, allowing just one hit while walking and striking out four. The righthander was aided by some strong defense behind him in the second inning, as a quick relay throw from Quinn Brodey to Franklin Correa was able to gun down Isaac Bernard at the plate on a double off the bat of Deion Tansel.
McAuliffe’s night came to an end in the top of the fourth, departing with two outs and two runners aboard. But Cannon Chadwick was able to escape the jam, after he issued a walk to load the bases, thanks to a strikeout of Jean Ramirez to end the frame.
In the bottom half of the frame, Quinn Brodey hit a booming double off the wall in dead center field to start the frame and would eventually make his way home on an RBI single from Carl Stajduhar to give Brooklyn a 1-0 lead. For Brooklyn it snapped a 22 inning scoreless streak and gave them a lead for the first time in the series.
The Brooklyn advantage would be short-lived however, as the Renegades took the lead in the top of the sixth. With Trey Cobb on the mound for Brooklyn, a critical Cyclones error opened the flood gates. With one out, and a runner on first, Rafelin Lorenzo hit a ground ball up the middle that was fielded by Franklin Correa for what seemed to be a tailor-made double play, but Correa booted the grounder allowing both runners to reach and turned an inning-ending twin killing into a rally starter. Cobb then walked a batter and uncorked a wild pitch to chase home the tying run, and Bill Pujols capped things with a two-RBI single that gave the ‘Gades a 3-1 edge.
After a scoreless seventh inning, Hudson Valley added an insurance run in the eight, courtesy of an RBI single from Brendan McKay, to extend their lead to 4-1.
But Brooklyn did not go quietly. Guillermo Granadillo walked to lead off the eighth and a single by Dylan Snypes put runners on the corners with nobody out. Walter Rasquin took advantage of the scoring chance with a sacrifice fly to center field that trimmed the deficit to 4-2. After Jose Medina struck out swinging for out number two, Quinn Brodey added a bloop single into left field that put runners on the corners again, but Jose Maria struck out swinging to end the threat.
The see-saw scoring continued in the ninth as Hudson Valley pushed home a run thanks to a Deion Tansel sacrifice fly to make the final score 5-2.
The Cyclones will open a three-game commuter series with the Staten Island Yankees on Friday, with the middle game of the set at MCU Park on Saturday night for Star Wars night. There will be post-game fireworks and the first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a light saber mini bat.