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Renegades Game Notes - /2024

May 17, 2024 - South Atlantic League (SAL)
Hudson Valley Renegades News Release

Hudson Valley Renegades (18-15) vs Jersey Shore BlueClaws (20-16)

RHP Sebastian Keane (1-3, 6.12 ERA) vs. RHP Eiberson Castellano (1-1, 3.22 ERA)

| Game 34 | Home Game 16 | Friday, May 17, 2024 | Heritage Financial Park | Wappingers Falls, N.Y. | First Pitch 7:05 p.m. |

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IT IS FINALLY OVER!: The Renegades have returned home after a difficult two-week road trip to Wilmington and Aberdeen. There were 12 games scheduled, but only ten games were played, after two consecutive postponements due to rain in Wilmington on May 4 and 5. After exploding offensively in the first two games against the Blue Rocks, much of the road trip was a struggle for Hudson Valley. They lost the last two games played against Wilmington, and then dropped the first five games of their series with the IronBirds. The seven game-losing streak was tied for the longest skid in the Yankees Era (2021-present). Hudson Valley did take the final game of the series 4-3 in a thrilling win to return home on a high note.

RECORD CROWD: On Wednesday, the Renegades welcomed a raucous sellout crowd of 5,619 on Education Day. It was the largest crowd in Renegades history, and the largest crowd in the history of Heritage Financial Park. It eclipsed the previous largest crowd of 5.601 on 7/3/2015 vs Brooklyn, and was the seventh time that the Renegades announced over 5,500 fans in attendance for a game.

PLAYING SPOILER: Hudson Valley has now taken the first three games of the series with Jersey Shore, and has won four in a row. The Renegades have put together four consecutive games of 8+ hits during their win streak, and have eight runs or more in all three games vs. Jersey Shore. As a team, the Renegades have a .850 OPS since April 30, which is the best mark in all of High-A. On Thursday, Jared Serna and Jace Avina each hit long balls in Hudson Valley's 8-5 victory. Roc Riggio had two hits, a walk, and two runs scored. The Renegades scored early and often in an 9-3 win Wednesday. Rafael Flores and Josh Moylan both had multiple RBI hits, and drove in three runs. Hudson Valley had three multi-run innings. With an 8-5 victory on Tuesday night, Hudson Valley snapped Jersey Shore's 11-game win streak. The BlueClaws' 11 consecutive victories represented the longest streak in the minors in 2024.

THE RETURN: The Jersey Shore BlueClaws return to Heritage Financial Park for the first time in 2024 this week. Jersey Shore and Hudson Valley were very evenly matched last year, with both teams winning 12 of 24 regular season games against one another. Days after the two teams concluded the regular calendar with a six-game series, the Renegades and BlueClaws faced off in the South Atlantic League North Division Series, with the Renegades winning the best-of-three series with two consecutive wins at home. The two divisional foes will face off 24 times again this season.

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: After two games were postponed at Wilmington on May 4th and 5th, the Renegades have had five road games postponed due to rain already this season. During the first road trip of the season vs. Rome, there were three games rescheduled, including one game was canceled after a prolonged rain storm in Georgia. Hudson Valley will now play eight games in six days vs. Wilmington from June 4-9. Last week, there was also rain sporadically during the Aberdeen series, but despite delays, all six games were completed as scheduled. The 'Gades have played only 33 games, three less games than Brooklyn, Jersey Shore, and Aberdeen.

AT LAST: The Renegades snapped a seven-game losing streak on Sunday, tallying 11 hits in a 4-3 victory over the IronBirds. Four players had multi-hit games for Hudson Valley, including Jared Serna, who was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Serna's RBI double in the top of the ninth broke a 3-3 tie, scoring Kyle Battle on what proved to be the winning run. The Renegades trailed 3-0 into the sixth, before scoring four runs in the final four frames.

FLORIDIAN EXCELLENCE: Baron Stuart had a sensational start on Wednesday afternoon for the Renegades. The right-hander didn't allow a baserunner through 3.2, and faced just one batter over the minimum through five. Setting his season-high for innings with six, Stuart allowed just three hits and two earned runs in his first quality start of the season. Stuart didn't allow a run until the sixth inning.

HE WENT TO JARED: Jared Serna had a sensational road trip for Hudson Valley at the plate, and has continued his success upon returning home. In his last 4 games, Serna is batting .367 with four homers, 16 RBIs, 13 runs scored, and a 1.124 OPS. During May 1st's 13-10 victory at Wilmington, he hit three two-run homers, driving in six runs and scoring three runs. Serna is just the third Renegades player since 2005 to hit three home runs in a game. Serna launched his first home run at home this season on Thursday night, after hitting his first five long balls on the road this season. He is fourth in the South Atlantic League in RBIs with 24, and is tied for fourth in the SAL with 24 runs scored.

LATE NIGHT BASEBALL: Saturday's game between the Renegades and IronBirds was delayed two hours and 41 minutes due to inclement weather in Northern Maryland. Both teams agreed to make the matchup a seven-inning affair consider the delayed start time. The first pitch was thrown at 9:46 P.M. With the score tied 5-5, the game was forced to go into extra innings. Aberdeen secured the 6-4 victory in the bottom of the eighth. The game reached its conclusion at 12:32 A.M. on Sunday, five hours and 27 minutes after the originally scheduled first pitch.

THE 'PEN IS MIGHTIER: The Renegades bullpen collectively sports a 2.87 ERA (48 ER/150.1 IP) this season, the best mark in High-A and sixth-best mark in the minors. Renegades relievers have combined for 11.6 K/9 this season. Over his last two outings, Joel Valdez has allowed three hits and no runs through 3.1 innings out of the pen.

LIMITING HITS & RUNS: Hudson Valley pitchers have been on a roll, and have allowed only 205 hits through 33 games. The Renegades have allowed the fewest hits in MiLB, nine fewer than the Carolina Mudcats (MIL, A). Incredibly, Amarillo (AZ, AA) has allowed a staggering 348 hits through 36 games, most among all non-AAA teams. The team's 3.48 ERA is the seventh-best mark in High-A. Hudson Valley has recorded 9+ strikeouts in 14 of their last 19 games. Renegades pitching struck out 14 batters on Sunday, including a career-high eight punchouts for starter Ben Shields.

OVER A DECADE OF SUCCESS: With a 70-62 (.530) record in 2023, the Hudson Valley Renegades recorded their 11th consecutive season with an above .500 record (since 2012). During that span, the team has won two league championships (2012 and 2017), seven playoff appearances (12, 14, 16-19, 23), and five league championship series appearances (12, 16-18, 23). Including their 9-6 start to 2024, among teams in affiliated baseball with at least 800 games, the Renegades have the best winning percentage (.573) in MiLB.

FINISHING STRONG: Over his last 14 games of the 2023 regular season, Jesús Rodríguez went 19-for-53 (.358) with two doubles, a triple, two home runs, 9 RBIs, and seven runs scored. Rodríguez has carried that success into the 2024 season by reaching base safely in twenty-six of his first thirty-one games. Over his last seventeen games, Rodríguez is hitting .338 with 10 extra-base hits, 14 RBIs, a .618 slugging percentage, and a 1.021 OPS. On the season, the Renegades infielder is currently batting .317 with five home runs and 20 RBIs with a .892 OPS, and already has thirteen multi-hit games, the most on the team. On May 7th vs. Aberdeen, Rodríguez was 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs. His 39 hits are the third-most in the South Atlantic League, despite the Renegades playing less games than their divisional foes, and his batting average ranks fourth. Rodríguez's 63 total bases are tied for the second-highest tally in the SAL.

MIDWEST REINFORCEMENTS: Jace Avina debuted with the Renegades on April 17 after being traded to New York for Jake Bauers in November from Milwaukee. The 20-year-old has quickly made a big impact for the Renegades. He is currently in the midst of a 22-game on-base streak, which is tied for the longest in the South Atlantic League with Kristian Campbell of Greenville. Avina is off to a 26-for-87 (.299) start with ten doubles, 12 walks and 15 runs scored and a .921 OPS in 23 games. His ten doubles rank third in the South Atlantic League On Friday night vs. Jersey Shore, Avina was 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, and two runs scored.

OFFENSIVE ASSISTANCE: Rafael Flores has made an instant impact for the Renegades since being reinstated off the IL on May 10. In the last four games, Flores has nine hits with five doubles and seven RBIs. Flores went 3-for-4 with an RBI on Friday vs. Jersey Shore. On Wednesday, Flores was instrumental in a 9-3 victory, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk.

INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH: The Hudson Valley Renegades and the Bhutan Baseball & Softball Association have partnered to present Bhutan Night on August 20 at Heritage Financial Park. The team is currently fundraising to bring over several Bhutanese baseball players for baseball and cultural enrichment tour of the Hudson Valley and New York. More details on the night can be found at

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