WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY-Hudson Valley Renegades pitchers surrendered a season-high 19 hits as they dropped the rubbergame of a three-game series against the Brooklyn Cyclones 10-2 at Dutchess Stadium Sunday night. With the loss, the Renegades dropped into a first-place tie with the Cyclones in the McNamara Division.
For the sixth time in all six games between the teams at Dutchess Stadium Brooklyn drew first blood. Three singles in the frame scored the first run as third-baseman Dylan Tice roped a single to right to score catcher Hayden Senger from second to give the Cyclones the lead.
The Renegades came back with a run of their own in the bottom-half of the third thanks to Michael Smith. The leftfielder singled to center with one out, stole second, then moved to third and home on wild pitches from Cyclones starter Kyle Wilson to tie the game.
Hudson Valley took the lead thanks to an unearned run in the fourth. Second-baseman Tyler Frank started the inning with a ground-rule double to left-centerfield. Two batters later, catcher Chris Betts sent a routine groundball to second, which was booted by Carlos Cortes and trickled into leftfield. Frank scored on the play, and the Renegades owned a 2-1 lead.
Brooklyn came charging back to retake the lead with two runs in the sixth. With runners at first and second and two away, firstbaseman Brian Sharp drilled a double to left to score both runners to make the score 3-2 Cyclones.
The Cyclones would then put the game away by scoring the next seven runs, including six in the eighth. In the seventh, designated hitter Walter Rasquin singled in third-baseman Dylan Tice to up Brooklyn's lead to 4-2. In the eighth, Sharp started the onslaught with a solo-homerun to right, his fourth of the year, to increase the advantage to three. Rightfielder Ross Adolph chipped in with an RBI triple, Tice doubled him in, Cortes drove in a run with a single, then leftfielder Wagner Lagrange completed the scoring with a two-run double to left-centerfield.
Getting the win for Brooklyn was reliever Andrew Mitchell (2-0) who struck out three in two scoreless innings. Taking the loss for the Renegades was relief man Chris Muller who allowed two runs over three hits in his lone inning of work while striking out three. Fellow-reliever B.J. Myers really struggled by allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 1.2 innings.
Of Brooklyn's nine batters, seven had more than one hit. Tice was 3-4 with three runs, a double, and two RBI. Cortes went 3-5 with three singles and an RBI with a run. Catcher Hayden Senger finished 3-5 with a double and two runs scored. Rasquin, Lagrange, Sharp and shortstop Manny Rodriguez had two hits apiece. Rasquin scored and drove in a run. Lagrange drove in two, scored a run and doubled. Sharp homered, doubled, scored a run and drove in three while going 2-5, and Rodriguez finished 2-5 with two singles.
Hudson Valley had eight hits in the contest; two apiece from Frank, Smith, designated hitter Erik Ostberg, and shortstop Ford Proctor. Frank doubled and scored a run, Ostberg and Proctor each singled twice, and Smith scored a run and stole a base on two singles.
The Renegades now hit the road for a three-game series with the Connecticut Tigers beginning tomorrow night at 7:05. Starting for Hudson Valley will be right-hander Michael Mercado (1-2, 5.68 ERA) who will opposed by southpaw Adam Wolfe (1-1, 3.80 ERA).
Hudson Valley returns to Dutchess Stadium on Thursday to kick-off a six-game homestand against the Tri-City ValleyCats with a 7:05 start. Tickets can be purchased online at hvrenegades.com or by calling the ticket office at 845-838-0094.
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