BURLINGTON, VT —The Hudson Valley Renegades fell to the Vermont Lake Monsters 3-1 on Sunday evening, handing them their 10th loss this season. Hudson Valley was the last remaining team in the New York-Penn League to have fewer than 10 losses, and they were the first club to reach 26 wins. Vermont scored their three runs on ten hits with the Renegades scoring their only run in the top of the second inning. The two teams have now split the first two contests of the series, as they’ll play the rubber match on Monday.
Hudson Valley struck first in the top of the second inning with solo home run off the bat of Grant Kay. The Louisville product continues to flourish in a Renegades uniform, having at least one hit in five out of his first six games. He is 11-28 in that span after hitting for the cycle in his first game against the Batavia Muckdogs. His home run was the only Hudson Valley run in the contest.
Nolan Gannon pitched well in his sixth start of the season, tossing five innings of one-run baseball with six strikeouts. The righty is 3-1 this season with a 2.81 ERA in 32 innings pitched. His 34 strikeouts are good for second best in the league, and he’s fanned 19 batters in his last three outings.
Trevor Dunlap and Ryan Pennell teamed up for the next three innings on the hill, going a combined for two runs, no walks and three strikeouts. Offensively, the Renegades had seven hits with Leopoldo Correa putting together a two-hit performance. He raised his batting average to .286 and finished 2-3 at the plate on the game.
After today’s games Hudson Valley leads the Staten Island Yankees by seven games in first place of the McNamara Division. The Renegades and the State College Spikes remain tied for best overall record in the New York-Penn League with identical 26-10 records.