Hudson Valley Renegades: Huge Win Cuts Deficit to Two Games
The Hudson Valley Renegades, Class A Short Season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, won one of the biggest games of the year on Monday night. Their 5-3 victory over the Tri-City ValleyCats puts them just two games behind the leader in the McNamara division of the New York-Penn League.
The leader, the Staten Island Yankees, lost in walk-off fashion against the Connecticut Tigers, helping Hudson Valley’s cause. At 38-27, the Renegades are a comfortable 2.5 games ahead in the Wild Card race. However, their recent success has set their eyes on capturing a division title.
Taking the mound for the Hudson Valley Renegades was Resly Linares. Linares has been a huge part of a solid rotation that has attributed to Hudson Valley’s success. His 2.54 ERA and 0.90 WHIP both rank among the best on the team and he kept it up on Monday night.
After finding himself in a 2-0 hole in the first inning, Linares bared down and kept the ValleyCats at bay. He allowed just one runner to reach second after the first inning and struck out six in 5.2 innings of work.
Hudson Valley’s offense struck back in the first inning with four runs of their own. Vidal Brujan and Carl Chester, two of the Renegades most consistent hitters, got it started with a leadoff walk and single, respectively. Zac Law and Oscar Rojas each knocked in a run, setting the stage for a big two-run double by Deion Tansel that put the Renegades ahead.
Tansel knocked in another run in the third to pad their lead, which was more than enough for Hudson Valley’s bullpen. Matt Vogel entered the game in relief of Linares in the sixth and kept the ValleyCats to just one hit over 1.2 innings. Closer Zack Mozingo came in to shut the door with a five-out save, four of which were by strikeout.
Mozingo’s save was his ninth of the season. Linares earned the win, improving to 3-3 on the season. For the ValleyCats, starter Carlos Hiraldo took the loss, dropping him to 1-6. The ValleyCats fall to 31-34 on the season which all but ends their playoff chances.
The Hudson Valley Renegades’ playoff hopes are more alive than ever. After a 14-game winning streak completely turned their season around, they are quickly coming up on the Yankees. Their win and the Yankees’ loss on Monday night cut the deficit to just two games.
Hudson Valley and Tri-City will face off in a doubleheader on Tuesday at Dutchess Stadium. Game one will start at 5:35 p.m. while game two will start thirty minutes after the end of game one.