Hudson Valley Renegades
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All of a sudden, the New York Penn League's top rated defensive team is suffering an acute bout of the yips. In dire need of a series salvaging victory Tuesday night at Vermont, the Cyclones recent rash of errors both mental and physical once again threaten and nearly sabotage their cause. Add four more miscues from Tuesday to the four previously committed in Sunday's series opener, and on top of the three committed on Monday - that makes eleven errors in three games against the Lake Monsters. It's no wonder they lost the series two games to one.
Their defense is the last thing one would have suspected going awry. But two straight losses against Vermont demonstrate the awful burden such poor play can place upon the shoulders of the NYPL's second best team ERA, and a league leading offense in both team batting average and runs scored.
The good news is the Brooklyn Cyclones did indeed win their series finale at Vermont, as Hudson Valley also falls to the Staten Island Yankees. It was only the Renegades second loss in their last eight games.
With Tuesday's 8-6 victory over the Lake Monsters, Coney Island holds on to their precarious half-game Wild Card lead over the Auburn Doubledays, and a full game lead over the Staten Island Yankees. Vermont's loss puts them 2.5 games back of the Cyclones.
In the McNamara Division race, however, the Brooks enter Wednesday's series opener against first place Hudson Valley four games back of the Renegades with only six regular season games left to play.
Everything is still possible.
So let the games begin!