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Renegades Shoot Blanks,

Cyclones Storm To First Victory


By Patrick Hickey Jr

Jeramy Simmons struck out seven over five scoreless innings

BROOKLYN, NY-Through eight games this season, the Brooklyn Cyclones had yet to play a game well enough to win; tonight, however the babies from Brooklyn would get everything they needed to win: quality pitching, sound defense and even a little bit of luck,  sailing to a 4-0 win against the Hudson Valley Renegades.


Desperately trying to awaken the team’s unproductive bats, Brooklyn made a flurry of roster moves before tonight’s game against the Renegades, raiding the Mets other two single-A affiliates, the St. Lucie Mets and the Hagerstown Suns, adding third baseman Jon Malo, right fielder Jonathan Sanchez, shortstop Jon Schemmel and 2005 Cyclone hero Joe Holden.


As a result, Wil Vogl, Jesus Gamero and Armand Gaerlan were sent to Hagerstown, while Junior Contreras, Joan Martinez, Ritchie Price and Will Bashelor were sent to Kingsport and second year Cyclone and Queens-native Mike Sharpe was released.


The moved paid off early for the Cyclones, as Schemmel would single in his first at-bat, and would later score on a Malo one bagger in the first, giving them an early 1-0 lead.


While some would argue the changes will help the Cyclones as a team in the long run much more than furthering the careers of the players called up, the spark the changes provided the Mets Single-A affiliate was undeniable.


Looking to redeem himself after a mediocre performance in his first start last week against the Staten Island Yankees, where he gave up four runs in four innings, Jeramy Simmons threw five scoreless innings, and worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the 3rd that got the Cyclones crowd cheering louder than they have all season.


While Simmons didn’t have his best stuff until he struck out the side in side in the fifth, he kept the damage done by Hudson Valley’s two best hitters, Evan Longoria and Jairo de la Rosa to a minimum.


Simmons also had lady luck on his side as Renegades starter Ryan Reid would throw a wild pitch to Dustin Martin with the bases loaded in the forth allowing Jason Jacobs to score. Renegades catcher Thomas Lagreid would take his time retrieving the ball  and committed a throwing error trying to stop Tim Grogan from advancing home from second on the play, giving the Cyclones a 3-0 lead after four.

Tim Haines got eight groundball outs in three innings pitched

The Cyclones bullpen picked up right where Simmons left off, as Tim Haines worked three scoreless innings after relieving Simmons in the 6th.


In the eighth, Elvis Cruz’s solo homer put the game away and Joe Smith’s perfect ninth would seal Brooklyn's fate.


After the game, Cyclones manager George Greer spoke about his pleasure in his team’s first victory.


“I was hoping it would be a lot sooner than this,” said Greer. “But I’ll take this one and hopefully many more.”

All Photographs for this article were taken by Conroy Walker

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