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Comeback City: Renegades claim wild 11-7 win

Renegades score seven unanswered runs to overtake BlueClaws
T.J. Rumfield went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs in Thursday's win over Jersey Shore. (Dave Janosz)
August 4, 2022

Lakewood, N.J. (Aug. 4, 2022) – Trailing 5-0 after the first inning, the Hudson Valley Renegades scored an improbable 11-7 victory over the Jersey Shore BlueClaws on Thursday night at ShoreTown Ballpark. It was the Renegades 11th straight win against the BlueClaws, and their 12th win in their last 13

Lakewood, N.J. (Aug. 4, 2022) – Trailing 5-0 after the first inning, the Hudson Valley Renegades scored an improbable 11-7 victory over the Jersey Shore BlueClaws on Thursday night at ShoreTown Ballpark. It was the Renegades 11th straight win against the BlueClaws, and their 12th win in their last 13 meetings.

The BlueClaws struck for five runs in the bottom of the first inning against Juan Carela, who was making his High-A debut for the Renegades. Carela lasted just 0.2 innings, allowing five runs on two hits while walking four and hitting a batter.

The Renegades struck back with a run in the second when T.J. Rumfield doubled and scored on a James Nelson groundout. In the fifth, Rumfield blasted a three-run home run to right to cut the deficit to 5-4.

The blast was part of a big night for Rumfield, who finished 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, a walk and four RBIs.

Nelvin Correa kept the game close with 3.1 scoreless, hitless innings of long relief in back of Carela. Jersey Shore responded in the bottom of the fifth against Carlos Gomez with a two-run single by Baron Radcliff to grow the lead to 7-4.

However, the Gades quickly answered with two runs in the sixth when Erubiel Armenta walked the bases loaded with no outs. Jasson Dominguez brought in a run with a fielder’s choice groundout, and Tyler Hardman grounded an RBI single to center to close the gap to 7-6.

In the top of the eighth, the Renegades took the lead by sending eight men to the plate without a ball in play. A combination of four walks and a hit batsmen led to two runs, with Nelson’s walk driving in Anthony Seigler with the go-ahead run to make it 8-7.

Hardman crushed a three-run home run in the top of the ninth to extend the lead to 11-7. That would loom large, as the BlueClaws put runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Jhonatan Munoz and Charlie Ruegger combined to finish off the game.

The Renegades drew a season-high 13 walks in the game, the most for the team since July 25, 2021 at Aberdeen.

The Renegades continue their series with the BlueClaws on Friday night at ShoreTown Ballpark. RHP Josue Panacual (2-3, 4.35) climbs the hill for Hudson Valley, while Jersey Shore sends RHP Mick Abel (6-7, 3.92). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., with pregame coverage on the Renegades Baseball Network starting at 6:45.