WAPPINGERS FALLS - The Tri-City ValleyCats (32-35) and Hudson Valley Renegades (39-28) were only supposed to play 14 innings total in Tuesday's doubleheader, but ended up battling for 22 frames as the pair of New York squads split a doubleheader at Dutchess Stadium.
The ValleyCats emerged victorious with a 2-0 defeat in 12 innings, but the contest was a pitcher's duel through and through, as Tyler Ivey, Diogenes Almengo, and Ben Smith combined to toss a two-hitter. Ivey went the first seven, striking out six and allowing just two baserunners, his longest outing of the year. It also marked the first time Ivey has thrown a scoreless outing in August, as he lowered his ERA to under 6.00 for the first time this season.
Smith (W, 7-2) earned the win, and now sits tied for second in the New York-Penn League in that category. His 19 appearances lead the team, and he's allowed just four runs in his last 10 innings.
Hudson Valley's Hector Lopez (2-5) suffered the loss, giving up a two-RBI double to Colton Shaver in the top of the 12th inning. With two outs, Adrian Tovalin singled, and Michael Papierski reached on a dropped third strike before Shaver knocked them both home with his third game-winning hit of the season.
Austin Franklin got the start for the Renegades and allowed just two hits in six innings, and added seven strikeouts. In relief, Hunter Schryver struck out four in three innings, and yielded just one hit.
The second extra-inning game of the night lasted 10 innings, with the Renegades claiming victory in walk-off fashion.
Hudson Valley scored in the first inning, but not again until the 10th. Brendan McKay ripped a ground-rule double down the left field line, which scored Chester from second.
The 'Cats responded in the top of the third when Andy Pineda drilled his sixth triple of the year, scoring Jake Meyers to tie the score at one run apiece.
Neither team scored until the 10th inning, when the 'Cats pulled ahead 3-1. Pineda ripped his seventh triple of the season, which ties 2015 'Cat Aaron Mizell for the ValleyCats all-time season lead. The three-bagger scored Miguelangel Sierra, and Bryan De La Cruz followed with an RBI hit of his own.
In the bottom of the 10th, Luis Ramirez allowed three consecutive hits to Angel Perez, Matt Eureste, and Deion Tansel to pull the Renegades within one. Vidal Brujan walked to load the bases, before Brendan McKay singled to right field, scoring Tansel and Brujan to win the game for Hudson Valley.
Ramirez (1-3) took the loss for the ValleyCats, who dropped once again to 5.5 games behind the Vermont Lake Monsters in the Stedler Division, their elimination number at five.
Leovanny Rodriguez looked spectacular for the 'Cats in the second contest, scattering four hits and five punch outs across seven scoreless innings.
UP NEXT - Hunter Martin (2-0, 2.73 ERA) gets the ball for the 'Cats in the series finale, against the Renegades' Alex Valverde (1-0, 1.80 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 pm, before the ValleyCats return home Thursday to take on the Aberdeen IronBirds.
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