Editor’s note: The Brooklyn Paper’s esteemed editor in chief Vince DiMiceli, who usually edits the world’s best Cyclones coverage, is on vacation, and deputy editor Nathan Tempey knows only slightly more than nothing about America’s pastime. Sure, he can tell a home run when he sees one, but mention a passed ball or a can of corn to him and you’ll get a blank stare. So bear with us as we weather this trying time, and let Tempey know what he is getting wrong in the comments.
July 7 at MCU Park (Makeup game)
The Cyclones and the Renegades picked up a rained-out July 2 game where they left it, in the top of the second inning with two outs and the Renegades in the lead 1–0. The reboot wasn’t pretty for the Cyclones.
Starting pitcher Octavio Acosta gave up six runs on five hits, while striking out three. He gave up a home run in the sixth inning to Hunter Lockwood, but stayed in the game into the seventh.
The Cyclones had a lackluster day at the plate, seeing only two productive innings. In the fourth, Tomas Nido singled to center before Jhoan Urena brought him around with a two run-blast, putting the Clones in the lead 2–1. The next inning also saw a couple of runs for the Mini-Mets, this time with the help of good old-fashioned small ball. After Will Fulmer reached base on a fielder’s choice, Dimas Ponce was hit by a pitch and left the game with a sore hand. Amed Rosario came in to pinch run, and after a wild pitch moved him and Fulmer over, a single up the middle by Nido scored them both.
But then the Mini-Mets fell apart, starting with the Renegades homer in the sixth and continuing with Hudson Valley goals in the seventh, eighth, and ninth.
The Cyclones and Renegades faced off a second time last night for a seven-inning makeup game, and will complete the grueling four-game slog with a doubleheader this morning starting at 11:30 am.