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HVR Game Notes - August 3, 2022

August 3, 2022 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Hudson Valley Renegades News Release

Hudson Valley Renegades (51-45, 17-13) vs. Jersey Shore BlueClaws (35-62, 10-21)

RHP Shawn Semple (0-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. LHP Rafael Marcano (0-2, 6.75 ERA)

| Game 97 | Road Game 50 | ShoreTown Ballpark | Lakewood, N.J. | August 3, 2022 | First Pitch 11:05 a.m. |

GOING DTS FOR THE WEEK: The Renegades return to ShoreTown Ballpark this week for a six-game series with the Jersey Shore BlueClaws. The last time Hudson Valley played in Lakewood, they secured the first six-game sweep in franchise history, defeating the Claws in every game from July 4-10. Overall, the Renegades have won nine straight against the BlueClaws, and 10 of the last 11.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Renegades broke a three-game losing streak on Tuesday night with a well-balanced 8-2 win over Jersey Shore. Eduardo Torrealba, Carlos Narvaez, and Trey Sweeney all hit home runs for Hudson Valley. Narvaez, Pat DeMarco and Jasson Domínguez all collected two hits, while the Hudson Valley bullpen trio of Nelson Alvarez, Ryan Miller and Charlie Ruegger combined for 6.2 innings of two-hit, one-run ball to close out the win.

THEY TRY TO MAKE ME GO TO REHAB: Today's starter RHP Shawn Semple is with Hudson Valley on a Minor League rehab assignment. He is coming back from a core injury suffered in April with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He is the second rehabber of the year for the Renegades, joining Major League rehabber Ben Rortvedt, who was with the Gades last month.

BUT I SAID NO, NO, NO: After Tuesday night's performance (2.0 IP, 5 K), RHP Ryan Miller has struck out 10 batters in 4.0 innings in his last two appearances out of the bullpen (22.5 K/9). Miller had his contract purchased by the Yankees from the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association on May 19.

OFFENSE IN RICH SUPPLY: Renegades OF Grant Richardson put together a fantastic week against Brooklyn, and some would say was robbed of the South Atlantic League Player of the Week honors. In four games against the Cyclones, Richardson hit .538/.625/1.385 (7-for-13) with 6 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB and 4 K. He went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored in Tuesday's series opener.

ON THE DeMARCO: Renegades OF Pat DeMarco is 9-for-17 at the plate in his last five games played, raising his season batting line from .208/.250/.252 to .233/.269/.292. The run includes his first home run of the year on Sunday, July 24 at Wilmington, a solo home run off Jose Ferrer.

SWEENEY ON A TEAR: Since May 25 when his slash line bottomed out at .176/.261/.333, Trey Sweeney has been on a tear, hitting .268/.372/.465 across 51 games to raise his line to .237/.335/.420. One of the biggest keys for Sweeney during the stretch has been how dramatically his K% has dropped, from 31.3% before May 25, to 21.6% since May 25, while his walk rate has spiked from 8.7% to 12.9%.

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST...: With Thursday's 0-for-4, Trey Sweeney saw his 20-game on-base streak come to an end. The run - which spanned a little over one month - was the longest for a Renegade this season. Over the red-hot stretch beginning on June 25, Sweeney hit .333/.451/.573, smashing two homers and tallying 13 RBIs and 15 walks.

PINSTRIPED PITCHING PROWESS: Strength in pitching is a theme across the New York Yankees minor league system and the Renegades are no exception. The staff sports a 3.73 ERA on the season, the second-best mark in the South Atlantic League (Wilmington -- 3.65). It also ranks as the sixth-best staff ERA in High-A, and 11th-best in the minor leagues. All four Yankees affiliated teams rank in the top 25 in the minors in ERA -- Somerset 3.52, 6th; Tampa 3.78, t16th; Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3.96, 23rd.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE STEALS: With Carlos Narvaez's steal of third base in the seventh inning on July 6, the Renegades stole their collective 150th base of the season to set a new franchise record. It took only 77 games to break the record that was set by the 2021 Renegades in 120 games. The Gades enter play Tuesday with 182 stolen bases on the year, third-most in the minors behind Down East (A, TEX -- 231) and Lake Elsinore (A, SD -- 196).

IN GOOD HANDS: The Renegades have been among the best fielding teams in the South Atlantic League this season, having committed the second-fewest errors (75) of any team. Hudson Valley fielders committed just nine errors in 877 total chances since the start of July (24 total games), a .990 fielding percentage. The Gades are seventh among High-A teams in errors, while their .978 fielding percentage ranks tied for fourth.

YOU LOSE GOOD MEN ALL THE TIME TO TRADES...: The New York Yankees have executed several trades leading up to the August 2 trade deadline, with many effecting the Hudson Valley Renegades. Starting pitchers RHP Beck Way and LHP T.J. Sikkema were traded to Kansas City in the Andrew Benintendi deal, while INF Cooper Bowman was dealt to Oakland as part of the Frankie Montas acquisition. The Yankees also dealt former Renegades RHP Hayden Wesneski, LHP Ken Waldichuk, and RHP Luis Medina at the deadline.

...AND UNRULY FANS: In the first six games of Jasson Domínguez's home tenure, the Renegades welcomed 23,176 fans through the gates at Dutchess Stadium. The Gades rank 5th out of 12 teams in the South Atlantic League in attendance, and are in the top half among all High-A franchises. Hudson Valley's average attendance is up 22.9% compared to 2021, compared to a 16.8% jump across the SAL.

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