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Pitching continues to reign supreme as Cyclones sweep Hudson Valley

by Sean Flattery | Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014
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We are only seven games deep into this short season, but already the Brooklyn Cyclones’ pitchers have proved to be ahead of the curve after a 4-0 win against Hudson Valley last night.  The win secured a series sweep for Brooklyn and upped their record to 5-2 on the season. The pitching staff yielded only one earned run in the three games led by Corey Oswalt who opened up the series with six scoreless innings for the win in Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

Oswalt was dominant, giving up only three hits while striking out eight and walking none. The Mets’ 2012 seventh round pick kept the Renegades punchless all night until passing off the duties to Scarlyn Reyes who pitched the final three innings for the save.  Michael Katz, the Mets’ ninth round pick this year out of William & Mary, opened up the scoring in the first inning with a two run triple.  Joe Tuschak added the team’s first home run of the season in the fourth which capped off all the scoring the Cyclones would need.

On Wednesday, the Cyclones got off to a fast start in Hudson Valley when Mets highly touted prospect, Amed Rosario belted a home run in the first inning. After Alberto Baldonado held the Renegades to one run through five and a third innings, Brandon Welch entered the game and like opening day, pitched multiple innings.

Hudson Valley took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh before Jeff Diehl misplayed a single by Coty Blanchard enabling the go ahead run to score. After Katz singled home Tuschak in the top of the eighth, the Cyclone defense once again failed Welch due to an error by second baseman Anthony Chavez that lead to a 3-2 Renegade lead.  The Cyclones refused to lose, however, as Jhoan Ureña led off the ninth with a game tying homerun off Edgar Gomez.  After a scoreless inning by Welch, the Clones were able to push across a run in the tenth for a 5-4 lead due to some horrendous defense from the home team.  Errors by Gomez and third baseman Douglas Duran set up Tyler Moore’s game winning sac fly that all but sealed the sweep.  Shane Bay pitched a scoreless tenth for his first save.

Octavio Acosta was the star in Thursday night’s game hurling six scoreless innings while striking out four and walking none. Brooklyn’s version of the Twin Towers got their first action of the season too, as fifth round pick Josh Prevost and seventh round pick Brad Wieck pitched scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth. Both of this year’s draftees stand 6’8” and 6’9’’ respectively. Tucker Tharp was the offensive star going 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Katz once again provided two hits increasing his BA to .389.

The Cyclones try to keep the good times rolling tonight as they start a three game series in Aberdeen against the IronBirds.

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