The Game: Despite jumping out to an early lead, the Hudson Valley Renegades fell to the Aberdeen Ironbirds 4-1 on Friday night at Ripken Stadium. The Renegades struck first by scoring in the second inning. Eli Sonoqui led off the inning with a double to left and then advanced to third on a fly out by Elias Ortero. Sonoqui later scored on a wild pitch by Aberdeen’s Nicholas Haughian to put the Renegades ahead 1-0.
Aberdeen battled back to ties the game in the bottom of the third. Justin Dalles hit an RBI single to center that scored Brian Conley to tie the game 1-1.
The tie held until the bottom of the seventh when the Ironbirds struck for three runs. Richard D Oleo got it going with a double to center. Oleo moved to third on a sac bunt by Brian Conley and later scored on a wild pitch by Renegade’s pitcher Jordi Amargos. The Ironbirds got two more runs in the inning off a two run homer by Brian Ward to give them their 4-1 margin of victory.
Kevin Chavez pitched 4 innings an allowed 1 run on 7 hits while striking out 4 and walking 3 in the no decision. Aaron Dott followed in relief and pitched 2 shutout innings while allowing 1 hit and striking out 2 and walked 2. Jordi Amargos suffered the loss by giving up 3 runs on 2 hits while striking out 1 and walking 1 in 2/3 of an inning. James Hill finished the game by throwing 1 1/3 innings of no hit baseball while striking out and walking 1. Jose Barajas was the winning pitcher for Aberdeen.
What Went Right: Diogenes Luis; only Renegade to record multiple hits by going 2-4.
What Went Wrong: Mark Thomas; 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts while committing an error on the field.
A Look Ahead: The Renegades and Ironbirds close out the series on Saturday night at Ripken Stadium.