Four Renegades errors led to five unearned runs as Hudson Valley lost to the Brooklyn Cyclones 8-5 Wednesday night at Dutchess Stadium in front of a season-high 4,992 fans. All eight of Brooklyn's runs came in their final three atbats as the Renegades blew an early 4-0 lead. The four errors were the most by Hudson Valley in a game this season.
WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY- Four Renegades errors led to five unearned runs as Hudson Valley lost to the Brooklyn Cyclones 8-5 Wednesday night at Dutchess Stadium in front of a season-high 4,992 fans. All eight of Brooklyn's runs came in their final three atbats as the Renegades blew an early 4-0 lead. The four errors were the most by Hudson Valley in a game this season.
Hudson Valley got the ball rolling with two runs in the first. Designated hitter Greg Jones reached on a hit-by-pitch to start the inning. He went to second on a passed ball, then moved to third on a groundout by leftfielder Beau Brundage. Rightfielder Hill Alexander would reap the benefits of the station-to-station baseball by ripping a double to right-center to put the Renegades on the board. A wild pitch moved him to third before first baseman Jacson McGowan hit a soft grounder to second to pick up an RBI and make the score 20.
The Renegades added two more in the second. A single to right by shortstop Nick Sogard and a walk to catcher Jordyn Muffley started the inning. Third baseman Carlos Vargas came up next and tattooed a ground-rule double to right-centerfield to bring in Sogard and advance Muffley to third. Second baseman Cristhian Pedroza followed and lofted a sacrifice fly to left to score Muffley and extend the Hudson Valley lead to four.
Things stayed that way until the seventh when Brooklyn finally plated their first run. Third baseman Yoel Romero grounded a single to left to begin the inning, then went to second on a failed pickoff throw from Muffley. Catcher Ariel Yera took advantage of the miscue by grounding a single to left to bring in Romero and pull the Cyclones to within three.
Brooklyn then worked some magic to tie the game in the eighth. With one out, shortstop Sam Haggerty drew a walk, then came around to score on a double into the leftfield corner by first baseman Joe Genord to make it 4-2. After a groundout, Romero came to the plate and fell behind 0-2 to Renegades reliever Colby White. But after taking a couple of balls and fouling off a few pitches, Romero belted his first homerun of the season over the leftfield wall to tie the game at four.
As has been the case all season though, Hudson Valley would use its footspeed to retake the lead. With two out and nobody on, backto-back singles from Alexander and McGowan put runners at the corners. With centerfielder K.V. Edwards at the plate, McGowan took off for second and the throw from Yera bounced into centerfield. Since Alexander broke for home before the throw the play was scored a double steal, including a steal of home for Alexander, and the Renegades took a 5-4 lead.
But it would not last as the Renegades bullpen and defense faltered again. Reliever Hector Figueroa tried to finish the game and got a strikeout of Yera to start the ninth. But back-to-back errors by third-baseman Luis Arcendo and Pedroza put runners at first and second for the Cyclones. After fielder's choice at second by designated hitter Antoine Duplantis put runners at first and third, shortstop Sam Haggerty lined a single into left-center to retie the game. First baseman Joe Genord then stepped up and rocketed a three-run dinger to left for his second homer of the series along with his sixth, seventh and eighth RBI to give Brooklyn an 8-5 lead.
Hudson Valley got two singles to start their half of the ninth, but Brooklyn relief man Yeudy Colon (1-0) got a fly out and two strikeouts to nail down the win for himself and the Cyclones. The right-hander went two innings and allowed a run on three hits with four strikeouts. The loss fell to Figueroa (0-2) who allowed four unearned runs on two hits in 1.1 innings. The loss shot down a great start by Rodolfo Sanchez who tossed five shutout innings with four strikeouts.
Brooklyn collected 11 hits, including a 3-5 effort by Genord who homered, doubled, scored two runs, and drove in three. Romero finished 3-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored. Yera chipped in by going 2-4 with two singles, an RBI and a stolen base. The Renegades, meanwhile, finished with seven hits. Sogard went 2-3 with a run scored to pace the attack.
Hudson Valley now hits the road for a single game tomorrow against the Tri-City ValleyCats in a rematch of last season's New YorkPenn League Championship Series. First-pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. Right-hander Edisson Gonzalez (0-2, 6.92 ERA) will be on the hill for Hudson Valley against a to-be-determined pitcher for Tri-City.
The Renegades and ValleyCats will then come to Dutchess Stadium to play the final two games of their three-game series with the first contest slated for Friday at 7:05 p.m. There will be fireworks following the game. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at hvrenegades.com, in person at the Dutchess Stadium ticket window, or by calling the ticket office at 845-838-0094.
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