WAPPINGERS FALLS-On Tuesday night in Wappingers Falls, the Staten Island Yankees were the beneficiaries of five errors by their hosts, the Hudson Valley Renegades.
On the return trip, Hudson Valley offered three more, but the Yankees were too gracious as guests, committing four…and this time, there was no rain in the forecast to end it before the 9th.
Drew Finley went 6 innings and allowed just one earned run, but it wasn’t enough to offset the quartet of Staten Island fielding miscues on the evening. All coming in the first two innings, the Baby Bombers fell 4-2 to the Renegades on Thursday night. The loss ended a 4 game winning streak for Staten Island, who fell to 4-2 on the road.
“They pitched good against us,” said Staten Island manager Dave Bialas afterwards. “They came out, committed two errors, we scored two runs and then they pitched well throughout the game.”
Carrying over the theme from their soaked match on Tuesday night, Hudson Valley committed errors during the first two at-bats, allowing Staten Island runners in scoring position early. 2B Nick Solak’s infield single made allowed RF Ricardo Ferreira to score from 3rd base, making it a 1-0 Yankee lead. Kane Sweeney grounded into a double play on the next at-bat, though Dom Thompson-Williams made it home to make it 2-0 and prematurely end Staten Island’s scoring for the evening.
In the bottom half of the opening frame, Staten Island kept up with the theme of giving. After catching Ryan Boldt stealing earlier in the inning, C Radley Haddad’s throw into left field not only allowed Jake Fraley to steal 3rd, but come home to score to trim the lead in half. Boldt would later become the beneficiary on two errors on one play in the next inning, as errors by Solak and Ferreira allowed the Renegades to tie it. Fraley would provide the winning RBI on an infield single that scored Bill Pujols to make it a 3-2 score.
Nathaniel Lowe would add an RBI single in the bottom of the 5th inning, but it wasn’t even necessary for Hudson Valley. The Yankees only put up 3 hits on the scoreboard for the evening, and HV pitching sat down 15 Baby Bombers in a row to end the game. Ironically, after Tuesday’s 12-6 Staten Island win took 2 hours and 42 minutes to complete 6-plus innings (not counting the half hour delay that concluded the game), Thursday’s completed loss took a mere 2 hours and 4 minutes.
The loss capped off an unusual trio of games for Staten Island (11-3), who won last night’s trip home 7-0 before failing to complete the sweep back in Wappingers. Bialas didn’t think the unusual situation affected his team.