Aberdeen held to three hits to complete sweep for Renegades
WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY – Hudson Valley completed the sweep of the Aberdeen IronBirds on Sunday afternoon with a well-pitched 3-0 game. Jesse Hahn, Brandon Henderson and Ryan Garton combined to hold the IronBirds to just three base hits in a shutout victory for the Renegades. With the sweep, the IronBirds lost for the fourth consecutive game.
The Renegades got on the board in the sixth inning taking a 2-0 lead. 2B Felix Gonzalez hit a single up the middle to start the inning. Joey Rickard chopped a hard grounder to third which took a high hop on 3B Hector Veloz. The ball hit off the heel of Veloz’s glove and went into left field, allowing Rickard to reach on the error. After a Marty Gantt sacrifice bunt, Richie Shaffer delivered with a two-run single. The line drive up the middle brought home Gonzalez and Rickard to make it 2-0.
Elias Pinales relieved IronBirds’ starter Sebastian Vader in the seventh inning. This was Pinales’ first appearance as an IronBird since being promoted from the Gulf Coast League on August 21st. Pinales struck out the side in the seventh, before getting into some trouble in the eighth.
Jesse Fernandez entered the ballgame after a pair of walks from Pinales. With runners on the corners, Leonardo Reginatto put down a sacrifice bunt. Marty Gantt scored on the safety squeeze, making it 3-0 after eight innings. The run was charged to Pinales, who went 1.1 innings in his New York-Penn League debut, allowing one run and one hit, striking out three batters.
Ryan Garton came in for Hudson Valley to close the game in the ninth inning. After a walk to Tommy Winegardner and a Creede Simpson single, Torsten Boss grounded into a game-ending double play. The ninth inning chance was the only time that Aberdeen had two baserunners on at the same time in the game. Garton picked up his sixth save of the season, as the Renegades prevailing 3-0, holding the IronBirds to just three base hits on the day.
Jesse Hahn made the start for the Renegades, building on his previous two starts. His prior two starts were both five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out six batters in each outing. Hahn matched those numbers with another five shutout innings. Hahn allowed just a one base hit, and he struck out seven batters, setting a new career-high for strikeouts.
Brandon Henderson picked up the win for Hudson Valley, improving to 5-2 on the season. Sebastian Vader took the loss for Aberdeen, falling to 1-7 on the year. Ryan Garton closed out the ninth for this sixth save.
The IronBirds will return home for a seven-game homestand, starting Monday August 27th against the Brooklyn Cyclones. Aberdeen will send LHP Lex Rutledge (0-1, 8.64) to the mound, while Brooklyn will counter with RHP Rainy Lara (7-2, 3.44). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Coverage will begin on the IronBirds Radio Network at 6:50 p.m.