Boog Powell went 3-for-4 with one walk and a go ahead two-RBI double in a Lake Monsters four-run seventh inning as Vermont even its three-game series against Hudson Valley with a 5-2 victory over the Renegades in New York-Penn League action Wednesday night at Dutchess Stadium.
Trailing 2-1 in the seventh the Lake Monsters loaded the bases on a Luis Baez leadoff single, Ryan Gorton walk and an error on Melvin Mercedes sacrifice bunt. Powell, who had singled in the first and third innings, followed with the two-RBI double scoring Baez and Gorton. Mercedes also scored on the play when second baseman Julian Morillo misplayed the throw to the infield from rightfielder Johnny Field for a 4-2 lead.
Michael Soto gave Vermont an insurance run later in the inning with a two-out RBI double to right to score Powell, who is now hitting .333 (44-for-132) overall and .427 (32-for-75) in Lake Monsters wins this season. Baez was the only other Vermont hitter with two hits as the Lake Monsters outhit the Renegades 11-6.
Hudson Valley took an early 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third innings off Vermont starter Lou Trivino (2-2), who allowed five hits with four walks and four strikeouts over six innings for his second straight win. The Lake Monsters got a run back in the sixth as B.J. Boyd doubled with one out and scored on a two-out Tyler Marincov RBI single.
Dominique Vattuone, a 32nd-round pick in the 2013 out of UNC-Greensboro, tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his Lake Monsters debut after being promoted from the Arizona League Athletics. Trevor Bayless retired the potential-tying run on a groundout to end the eighth inning, then threw a scoreless ninth inning for his sixth save of the season.
Oscar Hernandez and Omar Narvaez each had two hits and an RBI for the Renegades, while reliever Harmen Sidhu (0-2) did not retire any of the four batters he faced in the seventh inning to take the loss. Starter Ben Griset had given up one run on seven hits with five strikeouts over the first six innings for Hudson Valley (24-20), who have lost three of its last four games.
Courtesy: Lake Monsters
PO Box 4508