TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Trailing by one in the bottom of the ninth, Ronnie Dawson ripped a leadoff double to left field, but the ‘Cats were unable to bring him home and fell 4-3 to the Renegades Saturday night at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
Tri-City (32-28) fell to 12-9 in one-run games, losing their second consecutive contest. Austin Nicely (5-3) suffered the loss in four and one third innings, as Hudson Valley tagged him for four runs on six hits. In four and two thirds innings of scoreless relief, Devin Raftery and Ryan Hartman combined to strike out eight Renegades.
Raftery, pitching in his first game with the ValleyCats, allowed just three hits in an inning and two thirds. Migualangel Sierra registered his first multi-hit game of the season, finishing 3-for-4 with two singles and a double.
For Hudson Valley (36-22), Porter Clayton earned his third win (3-1) and All-Star Joe Serrapica his seventh save.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED: Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Gabriel Bracamonte was hit by a pitch to kick off the ‘Cats half of the frame. Alex DeGoti bunted him over to second, and Miguelangel Sierra’s RBI double scored Bracamonte to pull the ‘Cats within two. Brauly Mejia singled on the very next play to make it 4-3, the eventual final score.
With a runner on third base in the top of the ninth inning, Hartman got Jim Haley on a groundout to shortstop Miguelangel Sierra to end the inning to end the Renegades chances at insurance runs. Hartman lowered his ERA to 2.67, and has 15 strikeouts in his last four outings.
PLAYOFF CHASE: The ‘Cats loss, paired with a Connecticut and Lowell win, pushed them to three games back in the Stedler Division race. The Tigers kept pace with the Spinners to remain two games back of first place.
QUOTABLE: “The Tri-City ValleyCats and the Houston Astros are very pleased to announce that we have renewed our Player Development Contract for two seasons to extend through the 2018 season,” ValleyCats General Manager Matt Callahan announced at a joint press conference Saturday afternoon. Since 2012, the ValleyCats have had more wins than any other Class-A short season franchise. Tri-City has won the Stedler Division title in each of the last four seasons, posting more wins than any team in the New York-Penn League in that span in addition to capturing two championship titles (2010, 2013). The Tri-City ValleyCats organization is currently the longest tenured minor league affiliate of the Astros. The partnership was formed in 2001 prior to the club moving to Troy from Pittsfield, Mass.
NEXT UP: Tri-City plays host to the Renegades in game two of the three game set tomorrow evening, August 21, at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday August 21 – RHP Spencer Moran vs. LHP Sebastian Kessay
Monday, Monday, 22 – LHP Brock Burke vs. RHP Makay Nelson