The Hudson Valley Renegades broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and held off a Vermont rally in the ninth for a 3-2 victory over the Lake Monsters in New York-Penn League action Thursday night at Dutchess Stadium.
Vermont starter Kyle Finnegan allowed one run on six hits over the first seven innings before allowing a one-out double and go ahead Julian Ridings RBI single in the eighth inning. The Renegades added an insurance run later in the inning on a Tyler Young two-out RBI single off Lake Monsters reliever Tyler Johnson.
Renegades closer Justin Choate retired the first two Vermont batters in the ninth before a Ryan Gorton double and Melvin Mercedes single put runners on first and third. Choate then walked Boog Powell to load the bases and B.J. Boyd (four walks) to force home Gorton with the Lake Monsters second run before getting Ryon Healy on a flyout to center to end the game.
The Lake Monsters had taken a 1-0 lead in the seccond when Jaycob Brugman singled, stole second and scored on a two-out Gorton RBI single. Hudson Valley tied the game in the third on a one-out James Harris triple and Ridings RBI double. The run snapped a 16-inning scoreless streak for Finnegan (2-2), who had tossed six scoreless innings in each of his previous two starts.
Finnegan's 7 1/3 innings on Thursday marked the longest outing for a Lake Monsters starter since Craig Stammen and Carlos Martinez both went 7 1/3 innings in a start for Vermont during the 2005 season. Gorton and Mercedes both had two hits for Vermont, while Hudson Valley reliever Eli Echarry (4-2) allowed one hit with one walk and three strikeouts over three scoreless innings for the win.
Vermont lost two of the three games in the series at Hudson Valley, their first series loss since being swept in a three-game series at Batavia July 10-12 (had won their last six series). The Lake Monsters are also now 5-14 when held to two runs or less, while 18-8 when scoring three or more.
Vermont (23-22) heads to State College for a three-game series with the Spikes over the weekend before the Lake Monsters return to Centennial Field for a six-game homestand August 6-11 against Jamestown and Williamsport.
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