Friday, August 31, 2018

Brooklyn Cyclones: Wild Card Or Bust


Defending New York Penn League Champion
Hudson Valley Renegades Poised to Capture
Another McNamara Division Title

Brooklyn Cyclones: Let The Elimination Games Begin..!

Brooklyn did themselves no favors dropping two of three at Vermont, where they quite literally dropped the ball, or just threw it away.  In truth, however, their true undoing occurred at Troy.

The Cyclones nevertheless press forward taking Wednesday's series opener against Hudson Valley.  Unfortunately, nothing short of a series sweep would suffice.  After Thursday night's loss, the Cyclones elimination number is now reduced to one.  And so for those holding out hope of winning the McNamara Division title, do or die time has all but expired.

Staked to a 2-0 lead in game two, starter Christian James cruises through five scoreless innings of work, surrendering just three hits and a walk.  But after walking the lead-off batter to start the sixth, Hudson Valley knocks him out of the box with three straight hits, two for extra bases.  James exits on the losing side of a 2-3 game.  Hudson Valley adds an insurance run in the seventh for a 4-2 final margin of victory.

The Cyclones enter Friday's action four games out, with only four games left to play.  Despite Staten Island's whitewashing of the Lake Monsters, their elimination number has likewise been reduced to one as a result of Hudson Valley's victory over Brooklyn.

Coney Island still holds a half-game lead over the Auburn Doubledays in a furiously tightening Wild Card chase.  The Yankees are one game behind the Cyclones.  On Saturday, they open a season ending home-and-home series that may very well decide the Wild Card winner.  Meanwhile, the Aberdeen Ironbirds are 1.5 games back of the Cyclones.

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