WAPPINGERS FALLS - Perhaps things are falling into place at the right time for the Renegades. For the first three weeks of August, the team couldn’t buy a hit and every break wasn’t going their way. Yet over the last three nights, this looks like a completely different team, one that manager Michael Johns had in mind when they held the division lead for most of the first half. On Saturday night, the ‘Gades came through late with seven runs to take the first two games from the Spinners and improve to two games under .500.
For the second night in a row, it was shaping up to be another pitcher’s duel between the two teams after starters Jaime Schultz and Teddy Stankiewicz traded zeroes through the first three inning. Lowell finally broke the scoreless tie in the fifth against Colton Reavis without even picking up a base hit. Reavis hit the ninth hitter Nick Moore with one out and got a groundball to short that was bobbled by Patrick Blair for an error. With runners at first and second, Jose Colorado sent a slow groundball to third, but Ty Young threw it away on a force attempt at second that scored Moore to make it 1-0. Manuel Margot’s flyball to left was then caught by Granden Goetzman, who nabbed Carlos Asuaje trying to tag up from third.
The ‘Gades loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning against Mario Alcantara, but Ariel Soriano grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Johnny Field opened the sixth with a single, and moved to third on a throwing error by first baseman Nathan Minnich after a groundout by Omar Narvaez. Goetzman tied the score with an RBI single into right. Blair’s grounder to Lopez at short was bungled for an error, and the inning continued. Julian Morillo grooved a two-run single into left center to make it 3-1.
After Soriano led off the seventh with an infield single, Field was hit by a pitch on the helmet and had to leave the game for James Harris, but the Renegades had runners at first and second with nobody out. A bunt from Narvaez pushed the runners to second and third, and with the infield pulled in, Young sent a grounder into center to score the pair and make it 5-2. An RBI single from Blair and another RBI double off the right field wall by Alexander gave the ‘Gades a five run lead.
Lowell cut the deficit to 7-4 with a pair of runs in the ninth, but Justin Choate shut the door by striking out Margot to end the game and give his team their third straight win.