Errors, strikeouts and not taking advantage of runners on base doomed the Staten Island Yankees to their third loss of the 2010 season when the Hudson Valley Renegades won the game 3-2.
Starting pitcher Wilton Rodriguez went 5 1/3 innings allowing 3 runs, 2 earned on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3 batters. He took the loss after an unearned run broke the tie in the fifth inning.
Hudson Valley took advantage of a shaky first inning from Rodriguez to take an early lead in the game. Robby Price walked to start it off for the ‘Gades before Derek Dietrich singled putting two men on with Burt Reynolds coming to the plate. Reynolds tripled to bring home both men, giving the Renegades a 2-0 lead.
The lead did not last long for Hudson Valley as in the top of the second the Staten Island Yankees would be able to tie the game. After two consecutive strikeouts by Carlos Urena and Kelvin DeLeon to start off the inning, Francisco Arcia singled to center and moved to second on a single by Jose Mojica. Arica came around to score on a fly ball single to left by Garrison Lassiter that brought Mojica to third. Second baseman Casey Stevenson then singled to left to bring in Mojica and tie it up at 2.
Wilton Rodriguez started the fifth inning with the game tied and after Robby Price flew out to start the inning Derek Dietrich reached on a missed catch error by Rodriguez on a play at first. Dietrich stole second and then scored when Burt Reynolds singled to centerfield.
Second baseman Casey Stevenson had a 3 hit game with an RBI to raise his average to .286 this season. Jose Mojica and Garrison Lassiter continued their hot hitting early on this season both picking up 2 hits. Lassiter had an EBI and Mojica scored a run. Designated hitter Kyle Roller has struggled to get a hit this season batting only .167 but he picked up 2 more walks.
Freddy Lewis made his professional debut pitching 2/3 an inning walking three in relief of Wilton Rodriguez. He was followed by Mike Gipson who made his second appearance of the season. Gipson went 2 innings allowing a hit while striking out 3.
The Hudson Valley Renegades and the Staten Island Yankees face off one more time before the Baby Bombers head back to Staten Island on Wednesday night to start a five-game home stand against the Aberdeen Ironbirds and Hudson Valley Renegades.