From the desk of: THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS
BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Kings County is No Place For a Raccoon. Brooks Two-Hit Their Upstate Rivals.
After taking two of three games from the Iron Birds in Aberdeen, the Seaside Sluggers returned to Coney Island and hosted the Hudson Valley Renegades. In an early season battle for first place, three Cyclones' pitchers hand-cuffed their upstate rivals.
Making his second start of the season, Luis Mateo pitched his second consecutive abbreviated 2-hitter. In six full innings, he walked only one, while striking out seven batters. Mateo lowered his ERA to 0.77, and collected his second win in as many starts.
In relief, Paul Sewald was first out of the pen for Brooklyn. He pitched two innings of hitless, scoreless ball, and struck out three batters while issuing no walks. Sewald was credited with his first hold. Tyler Vanderheiden came in to pitch the ninth inning. He walked one, and struck out two, in recording his second save.
Hudson Valley's starting pitcher, Taylor Gerrieri, gave the Brooks a 1-0 lead in the second, when he balked home Cole Frenzel from third base. Eudy Pina drove in two more Cyclones' runs in the eighth inning, on a bases loaded single to give Brooklyn a 3-0 lead, and an eventual final.
In eight games, Cyclones' pitching has limited their opponents to a .186 batting average, and have pitched to a combined 2.66 ERA. They lead the lead in shutouts with two, and also lead the circuit with a stellar 0.96 WHIP.
The Cyclones are now making their second pass through the starting rotation. In eight games, Coach Donnelly has used six starters. The rotation shapes up like this:
1) - Gabriel Ynoa
2) - Luis Mateo
3) - Luis Cessa
4) - Hansel Robles
5) - Julian Hilario
6) - Rainy Lara
As a rotation, they are averaging 5.2 innings per appearance, while only allowing 3.4 hits per game. They have yeilded a total of seven walks. In 44.2 innings pitched, they have amassed forty-five strikeouts. No starter has surrendered more than two runs in a start, and combined, the rotation sports a 1.42 ERA, allowing seven runs total so far.
The Cyclones are now 6-2, and lead the McNamara Division by a full game over the Renegades. The series shifts to Peekskill, N.Y., for Game Two, before they return to Coney Island for Game Three on Wednesday.