WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY-After two weeks of mostly frustration, the Hudson Valley Renegades took out some of that frustration on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers Friday night, as they pounded out 11 hits in an 8-0 win at Dutchess Stadium.
The Renegades jumped out on top in the third inning by pushing three runs across. With one out, second baseman Vidal Brujan laid down a beautiful bunt single up the third base line then stole second. Shortstop Taylor Walls followed with a looping double down the leftfield line to score Brujan and give the Renegades a 1-0 lead. After a strikeout and two walks loaded the bases with two outs, catcher Rafelin Lorenzo lined a single into centerfield to score Walls from third and rightfielder Angel Perez from second to make the score 3-0.
Hudson Valley then put the game away by putting five more runs on the board in the sixth…all while getting only two balls out of the infield. The inning started with a routine groundball single to left by centerfielder Oscar Rojas. After that, craziness ensued.
First baseman Matt Eureste laid down a bunt single that was fielded by Scrappers third baseman Nolan Jones who made a good throw to first. However, first baseman Simeon Lucas dropped the throw and Eureste was safe. Hudson Valley third baseman Bill Pujols followed with a bunt single of his own in front of the plate, which loaded the bases with no one out.
After that, the wheels fell off for Mahoning Valley. Reliever Felix Tati delivered back-to-back bases loaded walks to Brujan and Walls to make the score 5-0. Felix was lifted for Ping-Hsueh Chen, who proceeded to hit the first batter he faced, designated hitter Zac Law, to bring in another run.
With the bases still loaded and no one out, Perez lined a sac fly to right to score another run to make the score 7-0. A throwing error by Scrappers second baseman Samad Taylor reloaded the bases with one out when Lorenzo delivered an infield single to second off the end of his bat to make the final count 8-0.
The Renegades had two hits by five different players. 10 of the 11 hits were singles, the lone exception being the RBI double by Walls. Lorenzo led the way by going 2-5 with three RBI. Walls went 1-3 with his double and two RBI to go along with the bases loaded walk. He also scored twice.
Brujan went 2-3 with two walks and two runs scored along with a stolen base and RBI. Law went 2-4, also with an RBI. Rojas went 2-5 with a run scored, and Pujols chipped in by going 2-4 with a run scored.
The Scrappers were held to three hits, two by Lucas who went 2-3 with a double.
Getting the win for Hudson Valley was Nick Padilla (1-1) who finally earned his first win by tossing six shutout innings on three hits. He also walked two and struck out four as he increased his scoreless innings streak to 14.1 innings. The loss went to Walden, NY native James Karinchak (0-1) who allowed three hits and three earned runs in 2.2 innings. He also walked two and struck out four in his first professional start.
Relievers Eduard Rosillo and Garrett Fulenchek combined to fire three innings of hitless ball to finish the game. The combined for five strikeouts while walking three.
Hudson Valley takes on Mahoning Valley in game two of their series tomorrow. First-pitch is slated for 7:05 and fireworks will follow the game. Renegades southpaw Resly Linares (0-2, 3.52 ERA) will take on righty Gregori Vasquez (0-1, 3.63 ERA) of the Scrappers. Tickets can be purchased online at hvrenegades.com or by calling the ticket office at 845-838-0094.
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