Renegades See Six-Game Run End, No Comeback This TimeAugust 10, 2012 - New York-Penn League (NYPL) Hudson Valley Renegades
The Spinners opened the scoring in the top of the first. With runners on the corners and one out, David Chester punched a single to right field to score Mike Miller, and Mookie Betts followed with a two run double to left to give Lowell the early 3-0 advantage. The Spinners pushed their lead to 4-0 in the second inning when Dreily Guerrero hit a sacrifice fly to left off 'Gades starter Jesse Hahn to bring home Oscar Perez.
The Renegades drew a little closer in the bottom of the inning, as leadoff man and third baseman Richie Shaffer reached second on an error by Guerrero at third. The 'Gades made two quick outs, but first baseman Michael Williams shot a single through the middle to score Shaffer and cut the lead to 4-1.
Hudson Valley staged a patented comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning. Second baseman Tommy Coyle walked to lead off the inning, and swiped second base with Shaffer batting. Reliever Tyler Wilson walked Shaffer, and the fourth ball was a wild pitch that moved Coyle to third. Catcher Luke Maile hammered a fly ball to right that Kendrick Perkins leapt for but could not hang onto as he crashed into the fence. Coyle and Shaffer scored, and Maile raced around to third with a triple. Shortstop Ryan Dunn pounded a double to center to score Maile and tie the ballgame at 4-4, but the 'Gades couldn't bring home Dunn to take the lead.
In the top of the seventh, Lowell retook the advantage. Miller drew a leadoff walk and stole second, with Guerrero walking behind him. Jake Davies singled to load the bases, and David Chester hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Miller. Guerrero moved up to third when left fielder Marty Gantt's throw was errant, but Maile backed up the play and threw to Coyle at second to tag out Davies for the second out. But Betts came through with a softly hit infield single that scored Guerrero and made it 6-4 Lowell.
The Spinners pushed two more across in the eighth. With two outs and a runner on first, Miller took reliever Eduar Quiñonez (5-2) deep to left field for a two-run blast, the first homer of his career. The round-tripper made it 8-4 Spinners.
Hudson Valley trimmed the lead slightly in the bottom of the frame. Shaffer worked a leadoff walk from reliever and former Renegade catcher Gerardo Olivares (1-0), and moved to second on a line-drive single to right from Maile. Dunn flew out to center field, and Maile was tagged out trying to advance to second for a double play. Shaffer advanced to third on the play, and came home when Williams doubled to right field to make it 8-5.
The Spinners tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Betts hit a two-out single to right, and moved to second when Matt Marquis drew a walk. Tavarez roped a double to left field, scoring Betts and giving Lowell the final 9-5 lead.
Hahn surrendered four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks over 3.2 innings, fanning four and hitting a batter. Quiñonez had a nearly identical line over his four innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks against four strikeouts of his own; he took the loss for the Renegades. Marcus Jensen allowed a run on two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings pitched; he struck out one.
Lowell starter Pat Light gave up an unearned run on two hits over three innings, whiffing four batters. Reliever Tyler Wilson coughed up three runs on two hits and three walks in 2.1 innings of action, fanning three. Olivares earned the win against his old team, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work. Yunior Ortega pitched 1.1 innings for the save, hitting a batter and striking out two.
The Renegades will try to start a new winning streak Saturday with lefty Matt Spann on the hill against righty Justin Haley for the Spinners. It's Negro League Night at Dutchess Stadium, so come out to the ballpark as we break out the Negro League uniforms and pay tribute to the greats of the Negro Leagues. There will also be post-game fireworks, presented by Premier Medical Group. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m., with Ben Gellman's pregame show beginning at 6:50 p.m. on 1450 and 1370 AM WKIP, as well as online at HVRenegades.com.
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