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ValleyCats vs. Hudson Valley: Renegades knock off Tri-City, 6-2

ValleyCats vs. Hudson Valley: Renegades knock off Tri-City, 6-2

The Tri-City ValleyCats missed some scoring opportunities early in their New York-Penn League game a

The Tri-City ValleyCats missed some scoring opportunities early in their New York-Penn League game against the Hudson Valley Renegades on Wednesday. There were also some rough pitching efforts.

It added up to the end of the ’Cats’ three-game winning streak.

Hunter Lockwood had two hits and three RBI, and Casey Gillaspie belted a two-run homer in the eighth inning that sealed the Renegades’ 6-2 victory over the ’Cats in a battle of division leaders at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.

The McNamara Division-leading Renegades (40-19) regained the best record in the league, one game ahead of the Stedler Division-leading ’Cats (39-20).

The ’Cats were 1-for-9 with runners on scoring position.

“We’re struggling a little bit with getting runners in,” said ValleyCats right fielder Terrell Joyce, who hit a solo homer in the sixth and also doubled. “A lot of us are putting pressure on ourselves trying to be that big bat right now.

“I think as time goes, we’ll start getting more relaxed. We did win three games in a row, but [the runs] were late in the game. But we need multiple at-bats to keep us in the game. Our pitchers are doing a good job of keeping us in the game, but right now, we’re not backing them up.”

Trailing, 2-0, the ’Cats had a great chance to score in the second. Nick Tan­ielu singled to start the inning. One out later, Juan Santana singled to put runners at the corners. But Renegades starter Hunter Wood got out of the inning when Ariel Ovando popped out and Jane Rodriguez struck out.

“We had some opportunities. We didn’t get the clutch hit,” ValleyCats manager Ed Romero said. “The last few games, that’s what we were doing [getting the clutch hit].”

Romero disagreed with Joyce’s assessment about the players pressing.

“I think they’ve been doing what they’ve been doing the whole time,” Romero said. “They had some pretty good pitching tonight.”

Meanwhile, the Renegades took advantage of rough outings by the Tri-City pitchers.

’Cats starter Robert Kahana labored through four-plus innings, allowing four runs on four hits while walking three and striking out two. He struggled in a 25-pitch first inning that saw the Renegades take the lead on Lockwood’s two-run single.

After a bunt single by Braxton Lee and a walk to Coty Blanchard to start the fifth, Kahana was replaced by Kevin Ferguson.

“[Kahana’s] outing, he was struggling the entire time,” Romero said.

Ferguson struck out Gillaspie, but then threw a wild pitch, putting runners at second and third.

Ferguson appeared to be in good shape when he struck out Grant Kay. But Lockwood singled home a run, and then a balk brought home another run.

“Ferguson got off to a good start right away, striking out the first two guys,” Romero said. “But then he struggled, too.”

HUDSON VALLEY TRI-CITY

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Lee cf 5 2 2 0 Hyde ss 4 0 0 0

Blanchard 3b 3 3 1 0 Martin cf 4 0 1 0

Gillaspie 1b 4 1 1 1 Fisher lf 4 0 0 0

Kay dh 4 0 0 0 Solano rf 0 0 0 0

Lockwood lf 4 0 2 3 Ritchie dh 4 0 0 0

Jackson rf 3 0 0 0 Tanielu 3b 4 1 2 0

Conrad 2b 4 0 0 0 Joyce rf 4 1 2 2

Dominguez c 4 0 0 0 Santana 2b 4 0 1 0

Sole ss 4 0 1 0 Ovando 1b 3 0 0 0

Rdriguez c 3 0 0 0

Totals 35 6 7 5 Totals 34 2 6 2

Hudson Valley 200 020 200—6

Tri-City 000 101 000—2

E—Lockwood (5), Sole (5), Kahana (1). DP—Hudson Valley 1. LOB—Hudson Valley 6, Tri-City 6. 2B—Blanchard (9), Martin (2), Tanuelu (12), Joyce (11). HR—Gillaspie (7), Joyce (9). SB—Sole (11).

IP H R ER BB SO

Hudson Valley

Wood W,3-2 5 5 1 1 1 6

Gomez 2 1 1 1 0 3

McKenzie 2 0 0 0 0 1

Tri-City

Kahana L,0-1 4 4 4 4 3 2

Ferguson 1 1 0 0 1 2

Rivera 3 2 2 2 0 5

Wheeland 1 0 0 0 0 0

Kahana pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.

WP—Ferguson. Balk—Ferguson.

Umpires—Home, Matt Carlyon; Bases, Edwin Moscoso.

T—2:48. A—2,554.

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