Wednesday, July 08, 2015

BK Cyclones: Bring on the Renegades

From the desk of:  THE CONEY ISLAND NINE

Brooklyn leads season series over Hudson Valley 2-1
I - BKN 7; HVR 0
II - BKN 2; HVR 1
III - HVR 4; BKN 1

Hudson Valley Renegades
Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Brooklyn Cyclones: Renegades have been a thorn in Baby Bum's side over past three seasons.

After enjoying a day off, the Cyclones start a 3-game series against their Dutchess County rivals, Hudson Valley Renegades this evening.  It was Hudson Valley who stood center of the Cyclones' path in 2 of the last 3 season post-season bids.

In 2012, the Cyclones fell short in the division race to the Hudson Valley Renegades, and as Wild Card qualifiers were ultimately eliminated from the post-season by the 'Gades as well.

Last season, Coney Island finished the regular season with a fine 42-34 record, 4 games back, however, of the McNamara Division winning Hudson Valley Renegades.

After 17 games played this season, Brooklyn leads the McNamara Division with a 12-5 record, and a 2.5 game lead over the Staten Island Yanks.  Hudson Valley is in 3rd place, just 3 games out, so this is indeed an early season division showdown against the Renegades.

Brooklyn took 2 of 3 games from the 'Gades to open the month, then swept 3 games from the Williamsport Crosscutters making them 5-1 in July.

Michael Bernal and Vinny Siena have lead the Cyclones offense through the early going.  Bernal leads the circuit with 14 runs scored and is 2nd with 3 home runs.  He leads the team with 4 doubles and 10 RBI.  Siena is 2nd in the NYPL with a .390 batting mark.  He leads the team with 23 hits and is 2nd behind Bernal with 12 runs scored.

Catcher Brandon Brosher is batting .250, with a pair of home runs, and is 2nd on the team with 9 RBI.  Seven of those came during Sunday's 9-2 victory over the Crosscutters setting a new Brooklyn Cyclones record.

On the mound, right-hander Tyler Badamo was named New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week for the period ending July 5th.  In 4 starts and 26.2 innings pitched thus far, Tyler is 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 0.67 WHiP.

Closer Alex Palsha has thrown 9.1 innings over 6 appearances.  He is yet to yield a run, allowed 3 hits, and has 3 saves.


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