Renegades Drop Rubber Match, 7-1
The Renegades lost the rubber game against the Auburn Doubledays, 7-1, in front of a crowd of 5,085 at home on Friday night. The club was coming off of an exciting walk-off victory the day before, but the Gades could not carry over the momentum. Mediocre pitching and suspect defense were the main factors in the loss. Pitchers Shane Dyer and Tyree Hayes weren't particularly sharp and ran into trouble throughout the evening.
After recording the first out in the second inning, Dyer gave up three runs after loading the bases. The big hit came off the bat of Auburn catcher Karim Turkamani after he roped a single to right field plating two Doubleday runners. The Doubledays led 3-0 at that point.
The Gades got one back in the bottom half of the second after Auburn starter Castillo Perez walked the bases loaded. Mark Thomas grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, but Kyeong Kang was able to score from third, cutting into the Auburn lead.
Hayes then came out of the bullpen to replace Dyer in the third inning. Dyer was erratic from the start and lasted only two innings. He gave up four hits, yielding three runs, and was tabbed for the loss.
The Doubledays would score three runs off of Hayes, the second coming in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Brian Van Kirk. Adam Amar would then double to deep left in the sixth, scoring Bryan Kervin, making it 6-1 Doubledays.
Knuckerballer Diego Echeverria replaced Hayes in the seventh and provided the lone bright spot for the home team. Ecehverria was extremely effective, striking out the side in his only inning of work.
Auburn would tack on one more in the eighth off of Marquis Fleming, making it 7-1.
On a positive note, tonight was "One Night Stand" at the Dutch. All 5,085 fans were asked to remain standing until the game became official. Throughout the evening one-hit wonders blared over the sound system and a fireworks display followed after the game.
The Renegades will look to get back on track when they head south to start a three-game set with t he Aberdeen IronBirds on Friday. John Baird gets the start on the hill for the Renegades. Baird is 0-2 on the season with a 4.41 ERA. He will be matched up against IronBird southpaw Aaron Odom (1-3, 3.38). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
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