It was a tough afternoon for the Cyclones, who played Game 2 of their playoff series with the Hudson Valley Renegades on Sunday afternoon, and fell by the score of 8-1. This game got underway on Sunday afternoon because of a rain delay on Saturday, by the way.
Luis Mateo took the mound for the Cyclones in this crucial Game 2 of the series and pitched pretty well – he got through five innings and allowed three runs, only two of them earned, off six hits and two walks. Admirable effort, to say the least. The first run scored off an RBI single after a 3B for Hudson Valley in the bottom of the first. The second run came about on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, by Marty Gannt while the bottom of the fifth saw the unearned run come across directly on an error made by Phillip Evans. Paul Sewald took over for the sixth and handled it without allowing a run, but the misfortune came after that.
Logan Taylor toed the rubber for the seventh, and after picking up the first out, he allowed three straight hits to load the bases. An RBI groundout came next, but a double with two outs knocked him out of the game after picking up two outs and allowing three earned runs. Beck Wheeler got the Cyclones out of the inning without any further damage. We would see two more runs cross the plate in the eighth against Matt Koch, who rounded out the pitching for the guys from Brooklyn.
The offense could not back up the pitching on this day, only managing to scatter six hits against the opposing starter Jeff Ames and none after he left the game. Eudy Pina provided the bright spot on offense, sending a ball deep to left center for a HR, a solo shot, and his first of the series. Dimas Ponce also managed to pick up two hits, raising his average in the series to .429.
Eudy Pina also managed to steal a base. Give the man the Player Of The Game honor and give Luis Mateo a tip of my hat.
Did you know Eudy Pina hit two HRs against the Renegades during the regular season?
Did you also know that Luis Mateo had not given up more than one free pass since July 20th? Nice.
Talk about the tale of two games right here: Game 1 was a dominant Hansel Robles shutout and Game 2 was an offensive explosion for Hudson Valley.
You guessed it! Game 3 is on Monday evening at 6:05 PM and the drama is at a boiling point. The winner moves on the NYPL Championship Series. Hudson Valley sends Taylor Guerrieri out against our own Luis Cessa. Cessa has been yet another bright spot for Brooklyn, with a 2.49 ERA in 72 innings. Let’s go Cyclones!