Renegades Rock Jammers 5-1August 4, 2012 - New York-Penn League (NYPL) Hudson Valley Renegades
Hudson Valley opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning. Leading off the frame, O'Conner jumped all over a 1-2 fastball from Jamestown starter Matt Milroy (2-3), blasting it over the left-field fence for a solo homer. Second baseman Tommy Coyle slashed a double to right field, and moved to third on a groundout by catcher Luke Maile. That set up shortstop Leonardo Reginatto for the sacrifice fly to bring home Coyle and make the score 2-0 in favor of the Renegades.
The 'Gades extended their lead in the top of the fifth. Left fielder Marty Gantt punched a single through the left side of the infield to lead off the inning, and advanced to second on a single by third baseman Felix Gonzalez. First baseman Michael Williams bounced into a 6-4-3 double play to retire Gonzalez, but Gantt moved up to third on the play. After left fielder Deshun Dixon drew a walk, O'Conner dropped a single in front of right fielder Cameron Flynn to plate Gantt and run the lead to 3-0.
Jamestown got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, Rony Peralta lined a double to right field off reliever and eventual game-winner Eduar Quiñonez (4-1). Sharif Othman popped his own double to right, scoring Peralta and cutting the Renegades' margin to 3-1.
In the ninth inning, the 'Gades struck again. Dixon drew a two-out walk to bring up O'Conner against reliever Brian Ellington. O'Conner smashed an 0-1 fastball, sending it high over the left field fence for a two-run homer and putting the Renegades up with their final lead of 5-1.
Hudson Valley starter Jesse Hahn was nearly perfect over four innings, facing just one batter over the minimum. He allowed one hit and struck out five. Quiñonez got the win, giving up a run on two hits and striking out three in five innings of work. The Renegades hurlers didn't allow a single walk.
Milroy took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks against six whiffs in five innings of action. Jose Rodriguez threw two scoreless frames; he gave up two hits and struck out three. Ellington coughed up two runs on three hits and a walk over two innings, fanning two.
The Renegades and Jammers will tangle again Sunday, with lefty Matt Spann getting the ball for the 'Gades against Jamestown righty Helpi Reyes. First pitch is at 1:00 p.m., with Ben Gellman's pre-game show starting at 12:45 p.m. on 1450 and 1370 AM WKIP, as well as online at HVRenegades.com.
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