Antonini and Pen Shut Down Renegades, 3-2
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Wednesday, August 29, 2007

BROOKLYN, NY - The last time Brooklyn was at home, they lost both games in a double header with Oneonta after their pitching staff gave up 18 runs in only 14 innings. However, this time around, powered ironically by solid pitching, the Cyclones defeated the Hudson Valley Renegades in the first half of a double header 3-2.

“We played great tonight,” said Cyclones skipper Edgar Alfonzo. “We got great pitching and enough hitting to get us the win.”

Making the his first start of the season for Brooklyn in the first game of the twin bill was Mike Antonini, who, despite not having his best stuff, managed to pitch 4.1 innings of scoreless ball.

“He was outstanding,” said Alfonzo. “He pitched really well and we really needed it tonight.”

Hudson Valley starter Alex Cobb wouldn’t be as sharp however, giving up a run after Jason Jacobs grounded into a double play with no outs that allowed Ezekiel Carrera to score, giving the Mets Single-A affiliate an early 1-0 lead. Later in the third Brooklyn would add to their lead, as Lucas Duda stretched the lead to 3-0 after a two-out, two-run double off of Cobb that scored both Carrera and Micah Schilling to cross the plate.

Happy with how his team supported Antonini offensively, Alfonzo feels his team is fully recovered from their last homestand, where they lost two out of three to the Oneonta Tigers.

“The offense is back on track now,” said Alfonzo. “They played solid in Vermont last week and they looked great tonight.”

Edgar Ramirez relieved Antonini in the bottom of fourth with one out and would only need a few pitches to get a double play to end the inning. Continuing to pitch through the sixth, Ramirez would keep the Renegades scoreless, but Stephen Clyne would give up two runs in the top of the seventh, before ending the game with the ‘Clones scratching out a 3-2 victory.

“I felt a lot better out there tonight,” said Ramirez, who gave up a grand slam in his last outing at Keyspan Park. “I’m just happy I kept us in the game.”

Winning the first game of the double header, Brooklyn won their fourth game in a row and their first at home in a week.

“We’re riding high right now,” said Ramirez. “Things are looking really good.”