Hudson Valley Renegades: McKay’s Walk-Off Single Caps Wild Night
There were supposed to be two seven-inning games to be played between the Hudson Valley Renegades and Tri-City ValleyCats on Tuesday night. Instead, fans were treated to a 12-inning affair, followed by ten more innings of baseball. While the ValleyCats were able to squeak a victory out of the first game, the Renegades ended the night in walk-off fashion.
Similar to game one, there was very little offense to go around for both teams in game two. Hudson Valley put a run on the board in the first inning with back-to-back doubles from Carl Chester and Brendan McKay. After that, they had a runner reach second just twice in eight innings. It was a similar story for the ValleyCats, who put together just five hits and one run in nine innings.
With nearly six hours and 21 innings in the books, the ValleyCats showed some life in the top of the tenth. A one-out single by Jake Adams followed by a RBI triple by Andy Pineda gave Tri-City the lead and seemingly signaled the end of a long night.
However, the Renegades weren’t satisfied with their night ending with a second straight loss. Three straight hits from Angel Perez, Matt Eureste, and Deion Tansel brought the Renegades within one and set the top of the order up for a dramatic finish. Vidal Brujan worked a walk to load the bases and McKay came through with the huge walk-off, two-run single.
The single, a short blooper down the line, capped off a three-hit, three-RBI game for McKay. Perez and Tansel each had multi hit games of their own as well.
Despite playing three extra innings, both teams used just three pitchers. Leovanny Rodriguez did the bulk of the pitching for the ValleyCats with seven shutout innings. Nick Padilla, Ivan Pelaez, and Blake Pflughaupt pitched for Hudson Valley, with Pflughaupt being awarded the win.
After a heartbreaking 12-inning affair a few hours prior, the Renegades’ win of game two sent fans home happy, what was left of them at least. It’s not often fans stick around for games as long as these, and hats off to the faithful Renegades fans that did.
With the Staten Island Yankees beating the Lowell Spinners, Hudson Valley fell to three games behind in the McNamara division of the New York-Penn League after losing game one. The comeback win in game two cut the deficit to 2.5 with nine games to go. The Hudson Valley Renegades and Tri-City ValleyCats will play the fourth and final game of the series on Wednesday night at Dutchess Stadium.