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Kuo, Dugas Continue Hitting in Staten Island Loss

The Staten Island Yankees fell to the visiting Hudson Valley Renegades on a hot and muggy night at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark.

Fu-Lin Kuo and Taylor Dugas continued their hot hitting in the game. Kuo was 3-for-5 with two doubles and Dugas was 1-for-2 with three walks in the game. Saxon Butler, Isaias Tejeda and Danny Oh had the other Yankee hits.

Gabriel Encinas got the start for the Baby Bombers and was touched for five run, four earned, on four hits and four walks while striking out two in his three innings of work. Encinas started the game sitting between 90-92 MPH with his fastball but lost velocity down to 88-90 MPH by the time he came out. In total he threw 65 pitches.

Left-hander Evan DeLuca relieved Encinas in the fourth inning, allowing a run on two hits and a walk while striking out two.

Staten Island started to come to life in the bottom of the fourth inning two plate their first two runs of the game. Ravel Santana struck out but a passed ball by the Renegades catcher allowed him to reach first. Santana then moved to third when Isaias Tejada grounded a double to left field. After Danny Oh struck out for the first out Matt Duran got an RBI on a sacrifice fly to right field and then a throwing error by the right fielder allowed Tejeda to come around.

The Yankees added two more runs to the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. Taylor Dugas lead it off with a walk and then moved to third when Fu-Lin Kup had a ground-rule double to center. Saxon Butler then sent a ball to deep left field for a sacrifice fly, giving Staten Island their third run. Matt Snyder and Ravel Santana then walked to load the bases for Isaias Tejeda who hit a sacrifice fly to left.

James Pazos came into the game for the Staten Island Yankees in the top of the fifth inning with two out on the board. Pazos would go on to pitch an inning and a third, striking out two. Eric Erickson made his professional debut in the top of the seventh inning allowing just a hit and Stefan Lopez took over for the eighth inning allowing two runs, one earned on three hits while striking out two in his two innings of work.

In the ninth inning Staten Island attempted to make a comeback but only managed to plate a run. Taylor Dugas had a single to the first baseman and then went to second when Fu-Lin Kup singled to right. A double by Saxon Butler brought Dugas home to score and moved Kuo to third. However three consecutive outs ended the game and the Yankee loss 8-5.

Tonight the Staten Island Yankees travel back up to Fishkill, NY with Evan Rutckyj set to make his third start of the season.

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Notes: Nick Goody was promoted to the Charleston RiverDogs prior to the game.

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