Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Brooklyn Cyclones: The Long Bus Ride Home; Coney Island Nine Lose

From the desk of:   THE CONEY ISLAND NINE


Another Season Comes To A Close.
Hudson Valley Eliminates The Kids of Summer.
Brooklyn          0
HudsonValley  2
Hudson Valley Renegades Wins Series 2-1

Just like that - the season is over.  Summertime in Coney Island is done.  The Brooklyn Cyclones will not compete for a championship.  Their 2012 quest for glory has unceremoniously ended.  Instead they'll assemble together one last time to clean out their lockers, and join with the rest of the Borough in singing the familiar local refrain - Wait Till Next Year.  But first, a long quiet bus ride home.

Hudson Valley's Jeff Ames and Taylor Guerrieri, and the Renegades bullpen proved themselves to be every bit the equal to Brooklyn's league leading pitching staff.  In Monday's post I pointed out how astonishing Taylor Guerrieri's season numbers were.  I also speculated Game Three would turn into an old fashioned pitchers duel.  With Brooklyn's Luis Cessa opposing Hudson Valley, I  apparently  predicted correctly, but certainly not proudly.  What I hadn't anticipated was the manner in which the Cyclones would get eliminated.

In front of the home crowd in Dutchess Stadium, Taylor Gerrieri and Hudson Valley's bullpen; namely Brandon Henderson; combined to pitch a one-hit shutout over the Brooklyn Cyclones in Game Three.  The Hudson Valley Renegades defeated Brooklyn 2-0, take the semi final series two games to one,  and now advance to the New York Penn League championship round.

It was also discussed in Monday's post how Taylor Guerrieri was only reliable for three to five innings tops.  He held true to form.  However, in a rare episode he was wild.  He walked five Cyclones and was relieved after the fourth inning.  But just like they did in Sunday's game, Hudson Valley's bullpen kept the Cyclones bats silent.

After Brooklyn's Hansel Robles pitched a complete game gem in the series opener, Hudson Valley's overall pitching proved a little better in a short series.  In Game Two's match-up, Jeff Ames bested Luis Mateo over six innings.  Hudson Valley then teed off on Brooklyn's bullpen.  Hudson Valley's relief corp meanwhile, shut the Cyclones down over three innings with no hit, no run, appearances by Dylan Floro and Alex Moshier.

In Game Three, Brandon Henderson put forth a superlative effort in relief of Taylor Guerrieri.  In 4.1 innings pitched, he allowed no runs, no hits, issued no walks, and struck out six batters.  Ryan Garton finished the game for the Renegades with a (0.2 inning) scoreless appearance.

That means in the last two games, Hudson Valley relief pitchers combined to pitch eight innings, surrender no runs, allow no hits, and strikeout eight.  There's your decisive factor in the series.

In the end, Earl Weaver type baseball..., lost.  I'll explain what I mean by that, and deal deeper into  the Brooklyn Cyclones 2012 season tomorrow.


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