FISHKILL, NY - Despite plating three runs in the bottom of the eighth, the Tri-City ValleyCats could not overcome an early offensive outbreak from Hudson Valley at Duchess Stadium in Fishkill, NY. The Renegades plated three runs in the home half of the first inning to take a 4-3 victory and clinch the home-and home series, Friday evening.
Looking to break off a two-game losing skid after being shutout on the Fourth of July at home, the ValleyCats (7-13) saw right-hander Kyle Serrano (0-1) take the loss in his debut with the team on rehab assignment from Quad Cities. The 2017 10th round draft pick went just two-thirds of an inning, letting up three runs (two earned) on no hits while striking out two and walking three.
The Renegades (10-11) took advantage of the new arm to take a 3-0 lead in the home half of the first, taking a 2-0 advantage in the season series and clinching the first of three series meetings between the inter-league rivals. Garrett Hiott stole third and scored on a throwing error, while Nick Sogard was walked with the bases loaded and Beau Brundage came home on a passed ball.
The home team sent an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth off an RBI triple from Luis Arcendo that allowed Sogard to cross the plate. After Hudson Valley starter John Doxakis posted a no-decision in two and two-thirds innings on the mound, right-hander Evan McKendry (1-0) earned the win in three innings of relief, allowing just three innings and striking out two.
It took until the visiting half of eighth, but the 'Cats were able to plate three runs to break off a streak of 16.2 scoreless innings dating back to Wednesday evening. Catcher Juanrael Paulino sent in left fielder Zach Biermann on an RBI single to start things off, while second baseman Bryan Arias and Center fielder E.P. Reese each plated runs on RBI ground outs.
The one-run deficit would hold, however, as Hudson Valley's Hector Figueroa struck out one batter to retire the side in the ninth inning an pick up his second save of the 2019 season.
Following the loss, the ValleyCats will look to salvage a game in the series on Saturday, July 6 at 6:05 p.m. The 'Cats will then return home to begin a six-game home stand the following night. First pitch against the Brooklyn Cyclones is set for Sunday, July 7 at 5:00 p.m. from Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
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