Tri-City designated hitter Ronnie Mitchell went 3-for-4 on the night, driving in three runs to help lift the ValleyCats to a 9-3 New York-Penn League victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades on Sunday at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
Mitchell’s three RBI all came on a seventh-inning double that pushed the score to 7-3.
The ValleyCats added another pair of runs before the inning was out as Jon Kemmer reached on a fielding error by first baseman Darryl George, allowing Ernesto Genoves and Thomas Lindauer to score.
In the top of the inning, the Renegades had pulled within a run when Jonathan Quinonez hit a line-drive single to left field, scoring Johnny Field, who had doubled to lead off.
Quinonez was 4-for-5 for Hudson Valley (20-14), and Darryl George was 4-for-4 with a run scored. James Harris also
doubled for the Renegades, and Ariel Soriano tripled and scored.
The ValleyCats (23-11) trailed, 1-0, entering the bottom of the fourth inning, but put up a pair of runs in both the home fourth and fifth.
In the fourth, Michael Martinez and Genoves both hit solo home runs. It was the fifth homer of the season for Martinez, the second for Genoves.
Anthony Kemp drove in both runs in the fifth inning when his grounder to the left side got through, scoring Kemmer and Chan Moon. Kemmer had led off with a single, and Moon walked. Both moved up a bag when starting pitcher Eli Echarry’s pickoff attempt was errant.
The Renegades got an RBI single from Tyler Young, who finished 2-for-5, in the top of the fifth.
Evan Grillis picked up the win for Tri-City, improving to 3-0 on the season with an ERA of 3.00. He allowed nine hits over five innings, but just two runs, and only one of them was earned. Grillis struck out three batters and walked none.
None of the four Tri-City pitchers issued a walk.
Echarry took the loss for the Renegades, falling to 3-2 on the season. He allowed five hits over 4 1⁄3 innings, and he was charged with four runs. He struck out two and walked three.