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Dugas Hot Hitting Continues in Yankee Loss

Last night the Staten Island Yankee suffered their fourth loss of the season but they did not go down quietly to the Hudson Valley Renegades.
Left-fielder Taylor Dugas continued his hot hitting to start the 2012 campaign with his third consecutive multi-hit game. The Louisiana native had three base hits and an RBI in the game while also scoring a run.  Behind him was catcher Wes Wilson who made his season debut going 3 for 4.  Jose Rosario was 2 for 5 out of the DH spot in the lineup while Jamiel Orozco, Exicardo Cayones, Matt Duran  and Jackson Valera recorded the other four Yankee hits.
The Renegades were the first to get on the board, jumping on Yankees pitcher Tim Flight in the first inning for two runs.  The 6 foot 4 inch tall lefty settled down and was able to keep the score at 2-0 with a final pitching line of three innings, two hits, two runs and a walk while striking out two.
He was followed by Derek Varnadore who went the next three innings allowing a run on three hits and striking out three.
Down 3-0 in the top of the sixth inning the Baby Bomber’s bats came alive once more to put four in the run column.  Exicardo Cayones started it off with a ground ball single to right then moved to second when Matt Duran grounded into a force attempt and an error allowed them to reach safely.  Wes Wilson loaded the bases with a single to right before a pitching change was made.
With the new pitcher on the mound for Hudson Valley Claudio Custodio and Daniel Lopez struck out to bring up the hot hitting Taylor Dugas.  Dugas grounded a ball to the first baseman that he was able to beat out for a single, plating Cayone and keeping the bases loaded.  Jamiel Orozco then un-loaded the bases with a ground ball to deep left field plating Duran, Wilson and Dugas to give Staten Island a 4-3 lead.
Charles Basford came into the game to pitch the seventh inning for Staten Island.  He was able to stay out of trouble, allowing a double but a caught stealing at third took him off the base paths.  Basford came out again for the eighth inning where he ran into trouble allowing three runs to score on three hits and a walk in that inning.  It would be enough to give the Renegade the lead for good in the game as Basford recorded his first loss on the season.
Taylor Garrison finished the game on the hill for Staten Island, completing the eighth inning with two-thirds of an inning of work and getting both batters he faced to pop out.
Tonight these two teams will travel back to Staten Island for two games at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark.  Taylor Morton is scheduled to make the start for the Yankees.

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