After rain – and tornado watches – postponed postseason action in the NYPL, Brooklyn and Hudson Valley got back to business. Well, Hudson Valley got back to business…
Hudson Valley 8, Brooklyn 1
The Cyclones were back to their old trick, employing the game plan of “let’s do the bare minimum on offense and hope the pitching carries us through”. That’s not a good philosophy for post season baseball and, as you can imagine, it did not work yesterday evening in Beacon. NYPL strikeout leader Luis Mateo took the hill for Brooklyn, but he was hittable (5Ip, 3R, 2ER, 6H, 2BB, 4K). In fact, the two walks were rather eye-opening since he only allowed nine for the entire regular season. He left trailing 3-1, but the bullpen – specifically Logan Taylor (three runs in two thirds of an innings) and Matt Koch (two runs in an inning) threw gasoline on the fire and turned this into a laugher. Eudy Pina cracked a solo homer as part of a 2 for 3 effort, Dimas Ponce was 2 for 4, and both Brandon Nimmo and Phillip Evans collected a hit apiece.
The decisive Game Three will be played tonight in Hudson Valley. Luis Cessa will toe the rubber for Brooklyn. A few miles up the road in Troy, Auburn and Tri-City will play a Game Three of their own. Big night in the New York-Penn League.