WAPPINGERS FALLS – For the second straight day, the Renegades took a lead into the eighth inning, only to watch the Yankees come back and win. When all was said and done, Staten Island had sent eight batters to the plate and scored four unearned runs against Justin Choate. Three errors in the inning cost Hudson Valley and all but vanquished their playoff hopes in the blink of an eye. With the 7-4 win, the Yankees came to Dutchess Stadium and played spoiler in front of 3,397 during the final homestand of the 2013 season.
The day did not start swimmingly for starter Ben Griset, who had won his last two starts but had to sit through a rain delay that lasted an hour and 12 minutes. Staten Island seized the early momentum after the game’s first batter Abiatal Avelino reached on a fielding error on a groundball to short. Mike O’Neill plated Avelino with an RBI double, only to score one batter later on Mike Ford’s RBI double. Three batters in and the Yanks led 2-0, but Griset retired the next three hitters and struck out two.
Ariel Soriano opened the home half of the first inning with a rocket of a triple to the left field wall off Andrew Benak. Darryl George’s grounder to third baseman Kale Sumner was bobbled and the throw to first wasn’t in time, which allowed Soriano to score on the play and make it a 2-1 ballgame. The ‘Gades quickly tied the score in the second inning thanks to Granden Goetzman’s leadoff home run, a no-doubter to left field that cleared the wall quickly. After getting the next two hitters, Benak allowed a single to Julian Morillo and a double to Ben Kline. A wild pitch allowed Morillo to score from third and put the Renegades ahead of the Yankees, 3-2.
In the third inning, another run would score without the team even recording a hit. Ty Young walked with one out and moved to second on a fielder’s choice groundout from Omar Narvaez, who beat the delayed throw to first from the shortstop Avelino. With runners at first and second, Goetzman hit a grounder to third for a potential inning-ending double play around the horn. The throw to second beat Narvaez but the relay back to first was wide of the bag and the errant toss allowed Young to score to make it 4-2.
Staten Island’s eighth inning started with a single by the ninth batter in the order, Isaias Tejeda. Avelino hit a grounder to second but Morillo’s throw was wide of second base and both runners were safe on the play. O’Neill dropped a bunt down towards third base and Young charged, but his throw sailed up the right field line to score Tejeda and make it 4-3. With runners at second and third and nobody out, Ford struck out before Yeicok Calderon walked to load the bases with Yankees. Brandon Thomas then came through with the game-winning hit, a two run single that put Staten Island ahead 5-4. Choate then balked in Calderon to make it 6-4, and later in the ninth inning Avelino added an insurance run with an RBI single for the final stroke of a 7-4 Yankees victory over the Renegades.