WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. – C Kevin Parada and CF Alex Ramírez each blasted solo home runs, but the Brooklyn Cyclones dropped the opening game of their series, 9-6, to the Hudson Valley Renegades on Tuesday night at Heritage Financial Park.
The Renegades (22-12) started fast. CF Spencer Jones led off the home half of the first inning with a solo home run to right and LF Aaron Palensky quickly added another solo shot in the second to put Hudson Valley in front, 2-0.
Following a double by SS Ben Cowles and a single from RF Aldenis Sánchez, 3B Marcos Cabrera and Jones added run-producing singles to give the ‘Gades a 4-0 advantage in the second.
Brooklyn (11-20) started chipping away at the deficit in the fourth. Parada started the frame by blasting a home run out to straightaway left. The 2022 first-round pick’s third homer of the campaign put the Cyclones on the board, 4-1.
Ramírez subsequently reached on a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch before RF Stanley Consuegra poked a single to right. After a pair of strikeouts and a balk that brought in a tally, DH Joe Suozzi slapped an RBI one-base knock to yank Brooklyn within one, 4-3.
Hudson Valley retaliated with a three-spot of their own in the fifth. 2B Eduardo Torrealba and DH Antonio Gómez singled before C Rafael Flores walked to load the bags. 1B Spencer Henson stretch the Renegades’ advantage back to two, 5-3, on a sacrifice fly to right.
After a walk and a strikeout, Sánchez smashed a two-run single to center, giving Hudson Valley their four-run edge back, 7-3.
In the sixth, it was Ramírez’s turn to leave the building. The 20-year-old started the inning with a towering solo home run to the right of dead center field. Ramírez’s second blast of 2023 cut Brooklyn’s deficit to three, 7-4.
The Cyclones trimmed the deficit again in the seventh. SS César Berbesi reached on a two-out infield knock and scored following consecutive singles by 2B Kevin Kendall and Parada.
Quickly, Hudson Valley regained a four-tally advantage in their half of the seventh. Palensky ripped an RBI single after the first two batters of the inning reached, while another run crossed on a wild pitch.
Brooklyn added their final run in the top of eighth when Consuegra doubled and scored on a single up the middle by LF Omar De Los Santos.
Brooklyn’s RHP Jeffrey Colón was unable to escape the second inning on Tuesday and was saddled with his second defeat….