The Game: The Hudson Valley Renegades lost their fourth game in a row and fell one game below .500 with a 3-2 loss to the State College Spikes on Friday night at Dutchess Stadium. State College scored first in the second inning. David Rubinstein led off the inning with a single to left. Pat Irvine followed with an RBI double to score Rubinstein and give the Spikes a 1-0 lead.
The Spikes added to their lead with back to back runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Miguel Mendez drove home Ty Summerlin in the fifth. Then it was an RBI double by Aaron Baker to score Evan Chambers in the sixth that increased the State College lead to 3-0.
Hudson Valley scored their first run of the night in the bottom of the seventh inning. Mayobanex Acosta reached on an error to get things started. Elias Otero singled to advance Acosta to third. Then it was Bennett Davis’s single to left that scored Acosta and pulled the Renegades to within two.
The Renegades added another in the eighth. Diogenes Luis led off the inning by drawing a walk. Luis advanced to second on a passed pall, then to third on a ground out by Chris Murrill. Brett Nommensen singled to center to score Luis and bring the Renegades to within a run of the lead. Hudson Valley was unable to produce any more runs and the Spike held on to win 3-2.
Kyle Lobstein was charged with the loss, pitching 6 innings and allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits with 8 strikeouts and a walk. Angel Chapa pitched 3 no hit innings in relief, striking out 5 and walking 2. Jason Erickson was credited with the win for State College.
What Went Right: Brett Nommensen; 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI to increase his hitting streak to 6 games. Angel Chapa; 3 innings of no hit baseball out of the bullpen with 5 strikeouts.
What Went Wrong: DJ Jones; 0 for 3 with 2 K’s
A Look Ahead: The Renegades and Spikes will play game two of the three game series on Saturday night at Dutchess Stadium. Alexander Colome (4-1) will pitch against Kyle McPherson (2-2).