The Brooklyn Cyclone won a Clutch Game 2 against the Hudson Valley Renegades in the New York-Penn League Semis at MCU Park. While the team saw plenty of hits it was a home run by Mets Infielder Jed Lowrie, who was making a rehab appearance with the squad that really pushed the team into a vital Game 3 happenining tonight (Friday).
Lowrie has not played for the Mets in the 2019 season as he is in recovery from a string of injuries, but is expected to make a huge impact when he makes his return to Major League Baseball. The Infielder was a 2018 AL All-Star with the Oakland Athletics, finishing with a .267 average with 23 HR and 99 RBIs. Lowrie will be the sixth Met to rehab in Brooklyn this season and the second in Cyclones history to rehab in the postseason.
Brooklyn saw some brilliant pitching on the mound from Nathan Jones, Matthew Allan, Corey Gaconi and Nelson Leon as these amazing arms combined to keep Hudson Valley to one hit. Other key contributions for the Brooklyn bats saw contributions from Luke Ritter and Ranfy Adon. Adon and Jake Mangum made two outsanding defensive plays to help keep Brooklyn in the game.
For Brooklyn this is the first playoff victory game since September 7, 2012, when RHP Hansel Robles tossed a complete-game shutout against the Renegades at MCU Park. The Cyclones look to continue their winning ways both in the playoffs and their outstanding play at home tonight (Friday) at 6:30 pm the Cyclones will once again take on the Renegades in another must-win game. On the mound for Brooklyn will be RHP Matt Cleveland (3-3, 3.78 ERA) who takes on LHP Jon Doxakis (0-0, 1.93 ERA). The Cyclones ended the 2019 regular season with the best home record in the New York-Penn League, as the team holds a 24-14 mark at MCU Park. Brooklyn also had a 6-2 mark against Hudson Valley during the season and holds a all-time series mark of 103-88.
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