WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY-Renegades infielder Deion Tansel drove in four, starting pitcher Tobias Myers struck out 10, and the Renegades scored a run off 'The Dark Knight' Matt Harvey as they swept a doubleheader from the Brooklyn Cyclones. Hudson Valley won a game suspended last due to rain in game one 4-1, and cruised to an easy win in game two 6-2.
Game one resumed with a runner at third and one out for the Cyclones in the sixth. Renegades reliever Eduard Rosillo entered the ballgame and immediately gave up a walk to third baseman Carl Stadjuhar. But with runners at the corners, Rosillo settled down and got a strikeout of shortstop Franklin Correa and a groundout to first by leftfielder Jeremy Wolf to end the inning.
Hudson Valley would then take the lead in the bottom-half of the sixth. With two out and no one on, leftfielder Oscar Rojas drew a walk against Brooklyn reliever Conner O'Neil. Third baseman Bill Pujols came up next and roped a triple to right-centerfield to give the Renegades a 2-1 lead.
The Renegades added two more insurance runs in the eighth. With one out, rightfielder Angel Perez lined a single to right. The next hitter, designated hitter Rafelin Lorenzo, then hit a come-backer to relief pitcher Gregorix Estevez who overthrew second base on a fielder's choice attempt. The ball went into centerfield and Perez made it to third with one out. After a lineout, Pujols drew a walk to load the bases with two away. Shortstop Deion Tansel then came to the plate and hit an infield single to the second baseman Walter Rasquin up the middle. Rasquin made a great back-handed stop and tried to get the fielder's choice at second. However, his throw was late. Perez scored on the play and Lorenzo charged around from second, just beating the throw home. It was scored a two-run single for Tansel, and the Renegades took a 4-1 lead.
Closer Zack Mozingo came on in the ninth and shut the door, allowing no runs and striking out one in picking up his team-high fifth save of the season.
The Renegades had 11 hits in the game, including two apiece by second baseman Vidal Brujan, Perez and Tansel. Perez scored a run, while Tansel drove in two. The Cyclones finished with seven hits. Centerfielder Quinn Brodey led the way by going 2-3 with a triple and a walk. Catcher Carlos Sanchez chipped in by going 2-4 with two singles.
Getting the win for Hudson Valley was Rosillo (2-2) who fired 2.2 scoreless ball. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out three. O'Neil (0-2) took the loss for Brooklyn as he allowed an earned run on two hits in two innings. He also walked two and struck out one.
In game two, the Renegades got a sterling pitching performance from starter Tobias Myers in collecting the 6-2 win.
It was Brooklyn who got the ball rolling in the first as Rasquin led off the ballgame with a resounding double off the leftfield wall. A wild pitch moved him to third before Brodey lifted a one-out sacrifice fly to left to score Rasquin and give the Cyclones a 1-0 lead, however his double would be the last baserunner Brooklyn would have until the sixth as Myers proceeded to retire the next 15 men he faced.10 of them on strikeouts.
Starting pitcher Matt Harvey took the hill for the Cyclones, but the Renegades were undaunted as they plated a run against the former All-Star. Brujan walked on four pitches to start the inning, then stole second. He moved to third when centerfielder Carl Chester grounded to second. He scored when shortstop Taylor Walls stepped to the plate and grounded a single to right to tie the game at one.
After Harvey departed, reliever Luis De Los Santos entered for the Cyclones and the Renegades pounced on the right-hander for five runs over three innings. Perez started the second with a lined double down the rightfield line. He went to third on a groundout to first from leftfielder Isaac Benard. Then, with the infield drawn in, catcher Jean Ramirez grounded a single to left to score Perez and give the Renegades a 2-1 lead.
Hudson Valley would plate two more runs in the third. Brujan started the inning with by lining a single to center. Chester followed by smacking a double to right as Brujan went to third. With runners at and moved Chester to third. After a walk, Perez grounded into a 4-6 fielder's choice, just beating the wrap at first, to bring in Chester as the Renegades took a 4-1 lead.
The Renegades then put the game away in exciting fashion with two more runs in the fourth. With one out, first baseman Matt Eureste was hit with a pitch. Tansel came up next and hit a sinking line drive into rightfield. Brooklyn rightfielder Jose Miguel Medina dove for the ball, came up short, then saw the ball skip past him all the way to the wall. Eureste and Tansel scampered all around the bases and Tansel was credited with a two-run inside-the-park homerun. It was his third homer of the year and Hudson Valley led 6-1.
That was more than enough for Myers who struck out a career-high 10 batters while allowing two runs on two hits. He also walked nobody in 5.2 innings as he moved to 3-2 on the year.
The Cyclones got their second run in the sixth. Shortstop Franklin Correa started the inning with by grounding a single to center. He moved to second on a wild pitch, then went to third on a groundout to second by leftfielder Cecilio Aybar. Correa then came home on a groundout to third by Rasquin, which would be the last hitter Myers faced for the evening.
Reliever Blake Pflughaupt entered for Myers and retired four out of the five hitters he faced to finish the game. He allowed a hit and struck out one in the process.
The loss went to De Los Santos (0-4) who allowed five runs on six hits in three innings of work. He also walked one and struck out two.
Hudson Valley finished with eight hits. Brujan led the way by going 2-3 with two singles, two runs scored, and a stolen base. Walls and Tansel each had two RBI to pace the attack, and Tansel finished with four RBI in the doubleheader.
Brooklyn had only three hits in game two. Rasquin went 1-3 with a double, run scored and an RBI.
The Renegades finish up their three-game series with the Cyclones tomorrow at 5:05. Southpaw Brendan McKay (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will take the hill for Hudson Valley against righty Jose Geraldo for Brooklyn (0-1, 2.25 ERA). Tickets can be purchased online at hvrenegades.com or by calling the ticket office at 845-838-0094.
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