Update: Saturday’s game in Hudson Valley has postponed and will be played Sunday at 5:05 with game three on Monday if needed.
After winning game one at home, the Cyclones will look to win game two at Hudson Valley tonight, where they went 4-1 this year, to win the first round. Tri-City won at Auburn to take a 1-0 series lead and now have game two at home tonight, after also being rained out Saturday.
Luis Mateo allowed 9 walks all year, while striking out 85 over 73.1 IP, and allowed NYPL batters to hit .210 against him. In his last start on Aug 30th he faced the Renegades in a game Hudson Valley would rally to win after he left. 7.0 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 K. On June 25th he defeated the Renegades at home 6.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K.
Jorge Rivero had a big RBI double in the second inning last night as the Cyclones put up a 3 run frame. After a strong year in the Appalachian league he was called up to provide the Cyclones with some lefty punch. However went 5-for-29 (.172/.226/.241) in nine games down the stretch. As the only left hand batter besides Nimmo the Cyclones could use his contributions to continue tonight.
Jeff Ames 2011 first round pick (42nd, compensation for Rafael Soriano) struck out 70 and walked 20 over 64.1 IP and allowed NYPL batters to hit .195 against him. He faced the Cyclones on July 3rd 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 7 K in a game featuring 4 errors by the Renegades infield. Only 14 of the 21 runs he has allowed this year have been earned. CF and leadoff hitter Joey Rickard finished the year 7-for-42 (.167/.271/.190) and went 0-for-4 in game one. His OBP is 60 points higher at home, and he will be needed to spark the offense after Robles put them to sleep.