From the desk of: THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS
BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Baby Bums Turn Out The Lights On Hudson Valley.
Hudson Valley 5
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Thursday night up in the land of Renegades, Brooklyn starter; Chris Hilliard; got roughed up in the first innings as the Cyclones fell behind 4-0 right out of the gate. Then starting in the fourth inning, the Surf Avenue Sluggers turned on the power and charged their way past Hudson Valley with seventeen
On the strength of four doubles and a pair of singles, the Cyclones scored five times in the fourth inning to take a one run lead. Then in the sixth inning, they jolted up the power some more. Travis Taijeron hit a two run home run. In the seventh inning, Richard Lucas added another two run home run. Javier Rodriguez authored the biggest blast; a grand slam in the eighth inning. And Dylan Brown capped off the power display in the ninth inning with the third two run homer, and fourth home run overall for Brooklyn this game. Brooklyn was an electrifying 9 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
Chris Hilliard settled down after his first inning short circuit. Overall, he pitched five innings and gave up four earned runs (two home runs in the first) and seven hits. He walked two and struck out four in earning his third win (3-0) of the season. He continues to add to his All-Time Cyclones record for wins by a Brooklyn pitcher.
Coney Freaks of the Night:
Javier Rodriguez ~ 3 for 5; Grand Slam; 6 RBI; 3 runs scored; 2 doubles.
Travis Taijeron ~ 3 for 5; home run; 3 RBI; 3 runs scored; double.
Ismael Tijerina ~ 3 for 5; 3 runs scored; double; lead-off hitter.
Dylan Brown ~ 3 for 5; home run; 2 RBI; 2 runs scored.
The Staten Island Yankees are cruising along in first place sporting an 11-2 record. The second place Cyclones dropped to 2.5 games behind after Wednesday's loss to Hudson Valley and remained so after tonight's games went final. The Cyclones have a 9-5 record.