WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY- Despite 14 strikeouts by Renegades pitchers, the Lowell Spinners pounded out 11 hits, including five extra base-knocks en route to a 9-2 victory over Hudson Valley Monday night at Dutchess Stadium. The win gave the Spinners a two-game sweep of the brief series.
The teams started the scoring by plating unearned runs in the first. Lowell rightfielder Marino Campana reached second with two out on a two-base throwing error by Hudson Valley third-sacker Luis Arcendo. Two batters later, Spinners third-baseman Nick Northcut looped a single to center to bring in Campana and give Lowell the lead. In the bottom-half, Renegades rightfielder K.V. Edwards lined a single to center with two away. He promptly stole second and third, then scored when an errant throw by catcher Elih Marrero on a pickoff attempt at third allowed Edwards to trot home with the Renegades' first run.
Lowell powered up to retake the lead in the third. After Marrero started the inning with a single, Campana lifted a two-run homerun over the leftfield wall to give the Spinners a 3-1 lead. It was Campana's first homerun of the season.
The Spinners took control of the game by adding three more runs in the fourth. With one out, leftfielder Jecorrah Arnold belted his first homerun of the season, a solo shot to left, to up the Spinners lead to three. Shortstop Roberto Cubillan followed Arnold with a lined triple down the rightfield line before second-baseman Kervin Suarez was hit with a pitch to put runners at the corners with one out. After Suarez stole second, Marrero drove both in with a line drive single to center to give Lowell a 6-1 lead.
The Renegades would add another unearned run in the eighth. With two out and no one on base, catcher Jonathan Embry reached on an infield single to the pitcher. Spinners reliever Miguel Suero threw errantly to first, and Embry took second. The next batter, first-baseman Jacson McGowan, grounded a single to center to bring in Embry and closed the deficit to 6-2.
However, Lowell put the game away by adding three more runs in the ninth. With a runner at second and one out, Marrero drove in his third run of the game with an RBI single to left. After a walk and strikeout put runners at first and second with two away, Northcut roped a triple to right to score both runners and give the Spinners the final margin.
Getting the win for Lowell was reliever Eddie Jimenez (1-0) who tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless ball to qualify for the win. The loss went to Renegades starter Chris Gau (0-1) who allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits in 3.1 frames. The right-hander also struck out six.
Hudson Valley had six hits to Lowell's 11. Nobody had more than one base-knock for the Renegades. The Spinners were paced by Marrero who overcame the early error to go 3-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Cubillan finished 3-4 with a triple and two runs, while Northcut went 2-5 on the night with a triple and three RBI.
The Renegades now hit the road to begin a three-game series tomorrow in Burlington, VT against the Vermont Lake Monsters. First-pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Right-hander Edisson Gonzalez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will go for Hudson Valley against Vermont righty Rafael Kelly (0-0, 0.00 ERA).
Hudson Valley returns home when they open a three-game series against the Aberdeen Ironbirds on Friday. First-pitch is set for 7:05 and 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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