BURLINGTON, VT —The Hudson Valley Renegades took down the Vermont Lake Monsters on Monday with a 3-2 victory in their final contest of a 6-game road trip. Over their last four series played, the Renegades have posted a 9-3 record in 12 games. They have won all four series, and improve their 2014 road record to 12-7. With the victory against Vermont on Monday, Hudson Valley reclaims the best record in the New York-Penn League improving to 27-10 overall.
After Hudson Valley jumped on the board first with two runs in the top of the fourth inning, Vermont answered with a run of their own in the bottom half. Casey Gillaspie doubled to center-field to lead things off in the fourth, and then came around to score on a fielder’s choice to give his team the first lead of the game. The Renegades plated their second runner with Hunter Lockwood scoring on a wild pitch to Alec Sole, as Hudson Valley expanded their lead to two runs.
In a game tied at two heading into the top of the sixth inning, Hunter Lockwood singled to kick off another Renegades rally. Daniel Miles picked up a single of his own the following at-bat, but was forced out at second a batter later. With one out and a runner on third, Zach Marberry came up big as he singled to center-field to drive in Hunter Lockwood. That would be the final run scored from either team the rest of the night.
On the mound, Enderson Franco earned his third win of the season going five innings with two runs and three strikeouts. The righty is now 3-1 this season with a 3.79 ERA. He was followed by Justin McCalvin and Kyle McKenzie who went the next four innings in relief. The two combined for two hits, two walks, two strikeouts and no runs in their relief work. McKenzie picked up his second save of the season as he closed things out in the eighth and ninth innings.
Offensively, Hudson Valley scored their three runs on seven hits. Seven out of their nine batters to take the plate had a hit in the game, with nobody having more than one. Bralin Jackson and Zach Marberry had the RBI’s, with Lockwood scoring twice and Gillaspie once.