[nextpage title=”Game Recap” ]STATEN ISLAND-In the late stages of the Staten Island Yankees’ July 4 contest with the Hudson Valley Renegades, fireworks from the famous Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular boomed in full force.
Unfortunately for the home team and their fans, the phenomenon was not duplicated on the field of Richmond County Bank Ballpark.
Brad Wallace (2-0) held the Yankees to one hit in 4 ⅓ innings of relief, as the Renegades picked up a 3-1 win on the road. The loss ended a brief winning streak for Staten Island, who had taken two in a row from Aberdeen.
“It was a good game on both sides, pitching in particular,” said Staten Island manager Pat Osborn. “Unfortunately, it didn’t end up on our side.”
Staten Island’s lone run came in the bottom of the 5th inning, as LF Griffin Gordon drove in SS Eric Holder on an RBI double to knot the game at one run apiece. Wallace was then inserted in place of starter Roel Ramirez and effectively shut the Yankees down, striking out six in the winning effort.
Hudson Valley got their offense in after Yankees starter Domingo Acevado departed. Acevado departed after five exciting innings, allowing three hits and a run. He had allowed no hits through his first three innings of work, during which he struck out six batters. He would end his evening with seven strikeouts total.
“(Avevado’s) fastball was really working today,” said Osborn. “We’re really proud of what he’s been able to do.”
The right hander was equally optimistic about his performance, which ended in a no-decision. Previously, he had been hampered by a blister on his throwing hand which shortened his preceding outings.
“My hand feels much better,” he said through a translator. “It felt very good to be out there, to put my team in a position to win.”
After taking a 1-0 lead in the 4th, Hudson Valley took it back for good on 1B Nic Wilson’s solo shot in the 7th. Wallace took care of the rest to earn his second win of the season.
Staten Island gets a shot at redemption on Sunday afternoon, where they’ll take on the Renegades in the second of a three game set.[/nextpage]
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[Pre-Game] SI Yanks Look To Keep Winning Ways Going
What better day to unleash some fireworks than July 4? That’s exactly what the Staten Island Yankees (9-6) hope to do on the field this weekend, as they take on the Hudson Valley Renegades (7-7) on Saturday night at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.
The Yankees enter the holiday weekend winners of their past two, including last night’s 5-1 win over the Aberdeen IronBirds. RF Griffin Gordon scored two of Staten Island’s five runs, while CF Jeff Hendrix had two doubles. Jonny Drozd pitched three perfect innings for his first save of the year.
Hudson Valley, a Tampa Bay affiliate, is coming off a win of their own last night, salvaging a win from a three game set with the Brooklyn Cyclones with a 4-1 triumph at Dutchess Stadium. LF Jose Paez tallied a run and an RBI, while SP Cameron Varga (1-1) struck out four over six innings.
This will be the first of nine meetings between the Yankees and Renegades this season, with Hudson Valley taking seven of last year’s ten meetings. In the last matchup, held July 23 at Richmond County Savings Bank Ballpark, the Yankees won by a 3-0 final. Staten Island tallied 16 strikeouts and limited Hudson Valley to three hits in the winning effort.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM.