Dark Knight Brightens Dutchess Stadium
Published on October 4, 2017
Editor’s note: As part of his capstone for his master’s degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with Sports Communications Emphasis, Dontae Harris covered the Hudson Valley Renegades this summer. The story below is from August 12 – the night fans packed the stadium to see a visiting player.
Story and photos by Dontae Harris
Fishkill, N.Y. – The home team was not the headline for a sellout crowd at Dutchess Stadium on Saturday. In fact the home team promoted the visiting player through social media and on the big screen just outside the ballpark and there were a lot of orange jerseys in that crowd.
New York Mets All-Star pitcher Matt Harvey got his first start off the disabled list, throwing one inning for the Brooklyn Cyclones in the back end of a non-traditional doubleheader against the Hudson Valley Renegades. He gave up a walk, a hit and a run.
“I was trying to get my rhythm and mechanics back down,” Harvey said. He had not pitched since June 14 due to a shoulder injury. Harvey said he threw some sliders, a few changeups and fastballs.
Renegades get on the board
Trailing 1-0, the Renegades came out with energy in the bottom of the first against the man known as the Dark Knight of Gotham. He started off his outing with a walk to Vidal Brujan. Brujan took second base on a delayed steal because the Cyclones didn’t pay attention to him. Taylor Walls knocked in Brujan with a single.
Harvey retired the side after that and his day was done. The Dark Knight said the excitement for his next start is to stretch things out and works things in a little more.
“I threw a good slider for a strike to maybe the second or third batter and it’s nice to get an extension and not have any pain on that,” Harvey said. “It’s hard to go out there for one inning and know you have one inning to throw and work on everything”
The Renegades didn’t cool down after Harvey’s exit. They scored one in the second inning, two in the third and two more in the fourth to win the seven-inning game 6-2.
That was more than the Renegades’ 19-year-old starting pitcher Tobias Myers needed to get the win. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out ten Cyclones.
“I just went in there and tried to attack them with fastballs,” Myers said.
This was his fourth start against Brooklyn but the first against them with the Renegades. The Orioles traded Myers to the Rays for Tim Beckham on July 31. Beckham was the #1 overall pick in 2008 MLB Amateur Draft.
Harvey fans had to wait
The double-header came about because Friday’s game had been suspended due to rain and was picked up on Saturday at 5:05pm. Rumor around the press box was that Harvey was going to resume the first game, but it turned out that he couldn’t because he wasn’t on Friday’s roster. The Renegades wound up winning that one 4-1.
Where they stand
The Renegades head into Sunday’s rubber match with the Cyclones two-and-a-half games out of a wild card spot. With four weeks left in the regular season, they are five-and-a-half games behind the Staten Island Yankees who lead the division.
A former Met in his true colors
Before game two, former New York Met Cliff Floyd threw out the first pitch along with some fans. Floyd showed his loyalty by wearing a retro teal Florida Marlins hat. Floyd won a World Series with the Marlins in 1997.