Brooklyn, NY - On a chilly Monday night at MCU Park, the Brooklyn Cyclones six-game winning streak came to end when they lost 1-0 to the Hudson Valley Renegades in a gut-wrenching 10-inning well-played contest.
The 5,289 spectators in attendance were treated a pitchers duel between Cyclones Corey Oswalt and Renegades Hunter Wood. Neither pitcher allowed a run and the defensive help they had from the teammates made this match more entertaining.
For the evening, Wood pitched 6.0 shutout innings, gave up three hits, and struck out five batters. Oswalt slightly edged his Renegade counterpart as he pitched 7.0 innings, also gave up three hits, and struck out six batters.
As reported on BrooklynCyclones.com: In the top of the tenth, the Renegades were able to execute in a situation the Cyclones were not able to, just a half inning before.
With two outs, the designated hitter Coty Blanchard hit a single, and would later steal second. Then center fielder Clayton Henning would hit a ball to left that would split the outfielders, dropping in for a double, scoring Blanchard and giving the Renegades a 1-0 lead.
Down to their last three outs and trailing by a run, the Cyclones bats could not get anything started during the bottom of the tenth, falling to the Renegades for the first time this season, making it their third loss of the season.
Following the loss to the Renegades, the Cyclones still lead the McNamara Division with an 8-3 record. With the win, the Renegades have a 7-4 record and trail the Cyclones in the division by one game. Despite the loss, the Cyclones still have a 71-49 all-time record against the Renegades. For the season, the Cyclones hold a 3-1 record against them.
While Major League Baseball is the place where aspiring ballplayers hope to end up, minor league baseball is an amazing part of baseball. If you’ve never attended a minor league baseball team, I recommend you make the effort to visit MCU Park for a Cyclones game this summer.
The Jackie & Pee Wee monument, the Original Nathan’s Famous, the Cyclone Rollercoaster, Deno’s Wonder Wheel and the Thunderbolt creates a nostalgic atmosphere. For someone who covers soccer on a regular basis, I am convinced that covering the minors is the perfect beat for me.
From the pitch count to what was thrown and who made the play, I’m forced to pay attention to every detail of the game. On so many levels, I’m relearning the sport of baseball. I know the game but now I’m forced to fully understand the science behind baseball. While the Majors electronic scoreboard will provide you every possible statistic, I’m forced to analyze the entire game here in the minors.
For any player competing in the New York – Penn League (NYPL) the odds of advancing to the Majors are slim. The NYPL is a short season A league. Understanding the odds, I can’t help but admire the effort and dedication these athletes are putting forth in trying to achieve their dream.
The reality is for game each player competes in, he is one game away from being promoted to the next level or being cut from the team. Regardless of the odds, I will always respect anyone who is working hard in achieving their dreams.
Cyclones Schedule: The Cyclones will be on the road on Tuesday at Hudson Valley but return to MCU Park on Wednesday night for their first home game against Aberdeen. It will be the first Cyclones Wednesday game of 2014.
That means all tickets for the game cost just $10, and the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a limited edition All-Star Game stackable cup, the first of a six-cup set.
To purchase tickets for Wednesday night or any other Brooklyn Cyclones game this season, call 718-507-TIXX, visit the box office at MCU Park or log on to BrooklynCyclones.com.
About the Brooklyn Cyclones
The Brooklyn Cyclones are a minor league baseball team in the Short-Season A classification New York–Penn League, affiliated with the New York Mets. The Cyclones play at MCU Park just off the Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn.
Baseball and Brooklyn have always shared a unique connection – one that is as historical as it is mythical. For nearly half a century that bond was made even more legendary by its absence, and the collective longing of millions to fill a void that had been left in their hearts.
The 2009 season marks the ninth year in the rebirth of Brooklyn baseball. Since 2001 the Cyclones have been one of New York’s hottest attractions – winning championships, setting attendance records, and creating countless memories.
Its roster – both coaches and players – has been made up of former and future stars. Through it all, there has been one constant…the loyalty and passion of the Brooklyn fans.