From the desk of: THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS
BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Eleventh Inning Win Opens Up Two Game Lead Over Hudson Valley in McNamara Division.
In the clash for the top spot of the McNamara Division, visiting Brooklyn shut out the Renegades 3-0 in their place on Sunday to open a one game lead in the standings. Starter Luis Mateo pitched six strong innings to pick up his third win against no loses. He surrendered a mere three hits, walked none, and struck out six. David Wynn followed out of the bullpen to pitch the next two frames. He struck out three before giving way to Tyler Vanderheiden, who picked up his fourth save of the season.
Cole Frenzel launched his first home run of the season leading off the second inning. And the Brooks picked up two more runs on an E-5 in the third inning, capping off the night's scoring.
In Monday night's game at the Ballpark at Coney Island, the Cyclones led 1-0 after three innings thanks to a Eudy Pina bomb to center field. But they promptly surrendered two runs in Hudson Valley's next at-bat. In the home fourth, RBI by Jayce Boyd and Brandon Nimmo put Brooklyn back on top by a 3-2 score. Then in the fifth, the Brooks picked up an insurance run on Stefan Sabol's RBI single.
Cyclones' starter Luis Cessa, pitched 4.0 innings. He gave up three hits and walked three, while allowing two earned runs.
The Hudson Valley Renegades rallied late against Cyclones' reliever Beck Wheeler. With the 'Clones ahead 4-2, Hudson Valley plated three runs on a Ryan Dunn bases clearing double, giving the Renegades a 5-4 lead in the seventh. They would add an insurance run in the eighth against Juan Urbina.
In the eighth inning, the Cyclones got one back. Jayce Boyd led off with a triple to straight away center field, and soon scored to make it a 5-6 game heading into the ninth.
Reliever John Mincone retired the Renegades in order in the top half of the ninth. Then for last licks, Kevin Plawecki stepped up to lead off for the Cyclones, and promptly hit a laser over the left field wall off Marcus Jensen to tie the game at six apiece.
Into extra-innings they went. John Mincone pitched into his second frame. And with the go ahead runner on third, Mincone struck out the last two batters of the inning.
Brandon Nimmo led of the Cyclones tenth and struck out swinging on a 3-2 fastball down the middle of the plate. Eudy Pina drew another full count but worked out a walk. Juan Gamboa then worked out a second consecutive walk issued by Marcus Jansen, putting the winning run in scoring position. After a short fly to center, Phillip Evans stepped up with two outs. He launched one high and deep to left, but not far enough. This game was headed for an eleventh inning.
John Mincone came out for another inning of work and effectively retired Hudson Valley for a third straight time. For his part, he allowed three hits, walked one, gave up no runs, and struck out four.
In the home eleventh, Brooklyn faced Kris Carlson now in relief for Hudson Valley. After Kevin Plawecki was hit by a pitched ball, Cole Frenzel flared a ball over the second baseman's head to set up a first and second situation with no outs. Stefan Sabol worked out a walk to load the bases for Jayce Boyd. Playing in his first game as a Cyclone, he was having a hot night at the plate; batting 3 for 5 to that point. Boyd then lined a fly to shallow right. Pinch running for Plawecki at third, Jonathan Clark tagged up and took off for home, successfully scoring the Cyclones' winning run.
The Surf Avenue Sluggers have now opened up a two game lead over the second place Renegades. This was Brooklyn's eleventh win over four loses. The teams will now get on the bus and head back into Hudson Valley for the final game of this home-and-home series.