From the desk of: THE CONE ISLAND NINE
BROOKLYN CYCLONES: The Baby Bums Get No-Hit; Kinda.
Hudson Valley pitcher allows no hits before yielding to bullpen in seventh inning.
The bus trip outside the city limits has been a harrowing one for the Coney Island Nine. Thursday night up in Peekskill, N.Y., The Hudson Valley Renegades took the first game of the series
4-1 over the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Friday night presented a different kind of dilemma for the Cyclones. The Hudson Valley Renegades' starting pitcher; Jason McEachern; faced one batter over the minimum during the first six innings he pitched with no hits allowed. All he gave the Cyclones was a walk in the second inning as he put the Surf Avenue Sluggers to slumber.
Once the seventh inning started, it then became nineteen batters making out minus a hit. Brandon Brown led off and flied out to left. Javier Rodriguez was the next victim. He was struck out by McEachern for his sixth K of the night. But that would be the last of the twenty-one batters he would face. This is after all, A-Level ball with strict pitch limits. But what McEachern accomplished, relative to this level, was no less remarkable. Jason left the game after recording two outs in the seventh inning and on the positive side of a 2-0 Renegades' lead.
Dave Laufer entered the game for Hudson Valley in relief of McEachern with a no-hitter still on the line. The first batter he faced was Richard Lucas. Laufer got Lucas to strike out swinging...but it came on a wild pitch! Richard Lucas reached first base safely as a result. That brought up Brooklyn's Luke Stewart with two outs and a runner on first base. And he delivered a triple to center field to drive in Lucas for the Cyclones' first run; ruining the shut-out and more importantly, the no-hitter.
That made it a 2-1 game in favor of Hudson Valley. But the Cyclones had broken the seal. Or so they thought. The Renegades came back with three more runs in the eighth inning to put this game out of Brooklyn's reach. Richard Lucas did manage the Cyclone's second base hit in the ninth with two outs, but this game ended an out later with a 5-1 final score.
Jeffery Walters absorbed the loss tonight for Brooklyn. He pitched five innings and allowed both of Hudson Valleys' early runs. His five innings resulted in a very average three hits and three walks allowed with three strikeouts.
After losing the first two games of this series now, both teams come back to Coney Island for the third and final game of the series. Brooklyn will then try and avoid a sweep.
You'll find me at the game.